Posts from ethanedwards in thread „War Arrow (1953)“

    War Arrow is a 1953 western film directed by
    George Sherman and starring Jeff Chandler and Maureen O'Hara.

    The was a great idea, of making a film about how,
    the government defeated the Indians,
    by letting them fight against one another.
    However, the movie idea didn't work, and everyone seemed
    bewildered with it all.

    The review below, also shares this thought.

    User Review

    Interesting premise poorly handled,
    Author: frankfob from California


    The premise of this film is based on fact. During the Indian Wars of the late 1800s, the U.S. government hired Seminole Indians from Florida to help fight the Kiowa Indians of the Southwest. Using one group of Indians to fight another wasn't new even back then--it was, after all, how the Army finally managed to subdue the Apaches--and it would make a good film, but this one isn't it. Director George Sherman was an old hand at making westerns, having churned out dozens of them during his days at Republic, and Jeff Chandler and Maureen O'Hara had done more than their share of them. They all had an off-day here. Whatever failings Sherman's westerns may have had, he at least knew how to keep them moving. This one just pretty much sits there and nothing really happens. There are a few action scenes spread throughout the picture, and a fairly big one--an attack on a fort--at the end, but they are for the most part pretty listless affairs, lacking the energy that Sherman usually brought to them. O'Hara for some reason looks out of place here, and I can't quite put my finger on why she does, but she does. On the other hand, Suzan Ball is smokin' as a sexy Indian girl, so maybe that's why O'Hara looks uncomfortable. In any event, this is pretty much a below-average effort from all concerned. Henry Brandon, who did such a good job later on playing the evil Scar in "The Searchers," doesn't acquit himself nearly as well here--not that he's given all that much to work with--as a Seminole warrior, and Dennis Weaver is about the most un-Seminole-looking Seminole there is, with his bony frame, prominent nose and Missouri accent. Everyone involved with this had done better work previously, and would do better work later. You'd be better off watching any of those efforts than this one.



    Information from IMDb

    Plot Summary
    During the Indian Wars of the late 1800s, the U.S. government hired
    Seminole Indians from Florida to help fight the Kiowa Indians of the Southwest.

    Full Cast
    Maureen O'Hara .... Elaine Corwin
    Jeff Chandler .... Maj. Howell Brady
    John McIntire .... Col. Jackson Meade
    Suzan Ball .... Avis
    Noah Beery Jr. .... Sgt. Augustus Wilks (as Noah Beery)
    Charles Drake .... Sgt. Luke Schermerhorn
    Henry Brandon .... Chief Maygro
    Dennis Weaver .... Pino
    Jay Silverheels .... Satanta
    Jim Bannon .... Capt. Roger G. Corwin (as James Bannon)
    Stephen Wyman .... Capt. Neil (as Steve Wyman)
    Bradford Jackson .... Lieutenant (as Brad Jackson)
    Dee Carroll .... Hysterical woman (uncredited)
    Lance Fuller .... Trooper (uncredited)
    Darla Ridgeway .... Crying child (uncredited)
    Bill Ward .... Trooper (uncredited)
    Roy Whaley .... Lieutenant (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    John Michael Hayes
    Original Music by
    William Lava (uncredited)
    Herman Stein (uncredited)

    William H. Daniels

    Filming Locations
    Agoura, California, USA
    Six Points Texas, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA