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The Gun That Won the West (1955)

In the late 1860s, Colonel Carrington and his command are assigned the job of constructing a chain of forts in the Sioux Indian territory - of Wyoming. Carrington recruits former cavalry ... See full summary »

Director:

William Castle

Writer:

Robert E. Kent (story and screenplay) (as James B. Gordon)
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Cast overview:
Dennis Morgan ... Jim Bridger
Paula Raymond ... Mrs. Maxine Gaines
Richard Denning ... 'Dakota' Jack Gaines
Chris O'Brien Chris O'Brien ... Sgt. Timothy Carnahan
Robert Bice ... Chief Red Cloud
Michael Morgan Michael Morgan ... Afraid of Horses
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Colonel Carrington
Howard Wright ... General Pope
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In the late 1860s, Colonel Carrington and his command are assigned the job of constructing a chain of forts in the Sioux Indian territory - of Wyoming. Carrington recruits former cavalry scouts Jim Bridger and "Dakota Jack" Gaines to lead the project. Bridger and Gaines are friendly with Sioux Chief Red Cloud, and they feel a peace treaty with the Indians can be made. If an Indian war breaks out, the cavalry is depending on getting a new type of Springfield rifle. Bridger, Gaines and Gaines wife, Maxine, arrive at the fort for the conference. Gaines, in a drunken fit, tries to intimidate the Indians into signing a treaty. Chief Red Cloud threatens war if his territory is invaded by any troops building forts. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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WHEN A NEW KIND OF WEAPON WROTE HISTORY IN THE OLD WEST! (original poster-ALLcaps) See more »


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Trivia

William Castle used battle footage from Last of the Comanches (1953) in this film. See more »

Goofs

In this film it is stated that no one possessed a trapdoor rifle and the rifle will be introduced by the army as a new rifle. But in the scene around 54 minutes at the war-dance you can clearly see that more Indian's are loading trapdoor Springfield rifles. See more »

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Referenced in Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) See more »

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an insult to the historical record
8 August 2017 | by hoffmanazSee all my reviews

Any resemblance in this film between historical accuracy and what you see in the picture isn't coincidental, it's downright unintentional. The fact that Sam Katzman produced it should have been a warning that this film would be made as cheaply as possible, with lots of stock footage borrowed from "Buffalo Bill" ("Pony Soldier" borrowed the same battle scenes) and Indian "war" dances. The fact is that Red Cloud (who lived into the 20th century) made numerous visits to the White House to plead the cause of his people. The Bozeman Trail, supposedly the reason for the U.S. Army to escort railroad builders, simply isn't true; no railroad was built into the area at that time. Red Cloud succeeded in getting the Bozeman trail forts abandoned, a detail not mentioned in the film. Lots of anachronisms, including a Wild West show taking place in the 1860s, Jim Bridger actually in his dotage by then, and demeaning references to Native people ("Redskins") unacceptable today. The fight between Bridger and the Indian in the river comes straight out of "Buffalo Bill" in which Joel McRae as Buffalo Bill fights Yellow Hand played by Anthony Quinn to the death. I wasted 1:15 watching this film; should have taken the time to read a book.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Conquista do Oeste See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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