Apache (1954)

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    Photo with the courtesy of Gorch

    Information from IMDb

    Plot Summary
    Following the surrender of Geronimo, Massai, the last Apache warrior
    is captured and scheduled for transportation to a Florida reservation.
    Instead, he manages to escape and heads for his homeland to win back
    his girl and settle down to grow crops.
    His pursuers have other ideas though.
    Written by Col Needham

    Full Cast
    Burt Lancaster ... Massai
    Jean Peters ... Nalinle
    John McIntire ... Al Sieber
    Charles Bronson ... Hondo (as Charles Buchinsky)
    John Dehner ... Weddle
    Paul Guilfoyle ... Santos
    Ian MacDonald ... Clagg
    Walter Sande ... Lt. Col. Beck
    Morris Ankrum ... Dawson
    Monte Blue ... Geronimo
    Paul E. Burns ... General Store Proprietor (uncredited)
    Lonnie Burr ... Indian Boy (uncredited)
    John George ... Shoeshine Man (uncredited)
    Rory Mallinson ... Citizen Noticing Handcuffs (uncredited)
    Dick Rich ... Loafing Trooper (uncredited)
    Philip Van Zandt ... Inspector (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Paul Wellman (novel "Bronco Apache") (as Paul I. Wellman)
    James R. Webb (written by)

    Original Music
    David Raksin

    Ernest Laszlo
    Stanley Cortez (uncredited)

    There really was a renegade Apache warrior called Massai, who was a bloodthirsty killer renowned for stealing, raping and murdering. He did indeed escape from a prison train bound for Florida and made his way back to his homeland. It is, however, doubtful that he was six feet tall and had blue eyes like Burt Lancaster.

    Robert Aldrich's first Western.

    United Artists pressured director Robert Aldrich into shooting a more optimistic ending in the final days of shooting. Aldrich reluctantly agreed and was dismayed when the film was released with this alternate ending. He later concluded that "if you shoot two endings, they will always use the other one, never yours".

    Shot in 30 days.

    About 16 minutes into the movie as Massai (Burt Lancaster) is fleeing from the white mob through a hotel corridor you can see an unlit electric 'EXIT' sign visible in the hallway at the top of the shot.

    The tire tracks on the mud when Massai came back to the girl.

    Early in the film Massai is seen running through the dirt streets of St. Louis on wooden sidewalks, with wooden buildings of one or two stories. In the 1880's, St. Louis had tall buildings and paved streets, not wooden buildings and dirt streets.

    Crew or equipment visible
    When Massai is moving through Clagg's barn, a mattress is seen being flopped into position on the bottom left of the screen, to be used for Clagg to land on after being hit by Massai.

    Revealing mistakes
    When Massai exits Santos' wickiup, his shadow is visible on the blue backdrop simulating the sky.

    Lancaster, the blue-eyed Massai.

    The corn wasn't corn at all but rush, an aquatic plant. You can see the difference between them. The plants have no cob.

    Jean Peters - the blue-eyed Apache woman.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Soledad Canyon, California, USA
    Solemint Junction, California, USA
    Canyon Country, California, USA
    Agoura Ranch, Agoura, California, USA
    Dardanelle Resort, Stanislaus National Forest, California, USA
    Russell Ranch - Triunfo Canyon Road, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
    Burro Flats, Simi Hills, California, USA
    Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, California, USA
    Keywest Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA
    New Mexico, USA
    Red Rock Crossing, Sedona, Arizona, USA
    San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Sedona, Arizona, USA
    (red sandstone buttes)
    Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA
    Simi Valley, California, USA
    Tuolumne County, California, USA
    Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA
    (Geronimo's surrender scenes)
    Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA

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  • Apache is a 1954 film starring Burt Lancaster.
    Jean Peters , John McIntire

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