40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967)

95 mins | Western | May 1967

Director:

William Witney

Producer:

Grant Whytock

Cinematographer:

Jacques Marquette

Editor:

Grant Whytock

Production Designer:

F. Paul Sylos

Production Company:

Admiral Pictures
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DETAILS
Release Date:
May 1967
Copyright Claimant:
Admiral Pictures
Copyright Date:
1 March 1967
Copyright Number:
LP34733
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Color
Pathé
Widescreen/ratio
1.85:1
Duration(in mins):
95
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
21321
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Following the Civil War, Apache chief Cochise goes on the warpath, vowing to kill every white man in Arizona. The cavalry unit at Fort Apache Wells under the unpopular command of Captain Bruce Coburn lead local homesteaders to the fort in preparation for an attack, but the men are inadequately armed. Consequently, Coburn takes some of his men, including two young homesteader brothers, Doug and Mike Malone, on a dangerous mission to meet a consignment of 40 new repeating rifles that is on its way. Along the way they fall into an ambush, and Mike is among those killed, while Doug stands paralyzed with fear. Coburn reaches his destination, but his treacherous corporal, Bodine, convinces the survivors to steal the rifles and sell them to Cochise. Facing court-martial, Coburn sets out to recover the rifles and receives unexpected aid from young Doug, who is anxious to redeem himself. Together they outwit the Apaches and return the rifles to the fort. In the climactic battle, Cochise's attack is repelled, Bodine is killed, and Doug regains his self-respect. Finally, Coburn is reunited with his sweetheart, Doug's sister ... +


Following the Civil War, Apache chief Cochise goes on the warpath, vowing to kill every white man in Arizona. The cavalry unit at Fort Apache Wells under the unpopular command of Captain Bruce Coburn lead local homesteaders to the fort in preparation for an attack, but the men are inadequately armed. Consequently, Coburn takes some of his men, including two young homesteader brothers, Doug and Mike Malone, on a dangerous mission to meet a consignment of 40 new repeating rifles that is on its way. Along the way they fall into an ambush, and Mike is among those killed, while Doug stands paralyzed with fear. Coburn reaches his destination, but his treacherous corporal, Bodine, convinces the survivors to steal the rifles and sell them to Cochise. Facing court-martial, Coburn sets out to recover the rifles and receives unexpected aid from young Doug, who is anxious to redeem himself. Together they outwit the Apaches and return the rifles to the fort. In the climactic battle, Cochise's attack is repelled, Bodine is killed, and Doug regains his self-respect. Finally, Coburn is reunited with his sweetheart, Doug's sister Ellen. +

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