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Flaming Feather (1952)

Approved | | Western | February 1952 (USA)
In Arizona,during the 1870s,rancher Tex McCloud and cavalry Lt. Tom Blaine race to capture the famous renegade outlaw Ute leader known as the Sidewinder.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Gerald Drayson Adams (story and screenplay), Frank Gruber (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sterling Hayden ... Tex McCloud
Forrest Tucker ... Lt. Tom Blaine
Arleen Whelan ... Carolina
Barbara Rush ... Nora Logan
Victor Jory ... Lucky Lee
Richard Arlen ... Showdown Calhoun
Edgar Buchanan ... Sgt. O'Rourke
Carol Thurston ... Turquoise
Ian MacDonald ... Tombstone Jack
George Cleveland ... Doc Fallon
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Storyline

A mysterious outlaw known as the Sidewinder, phantom leader of renegade Ute Indians, terrorizes the people of the Arizona Territory in the 1870s. When rancher Tex McCloud has his place burned out, he vows to find and kill the Sidewinder. McCloud makes a bet with Cavalry troop leader, Lt. Tom Blaine, that he will be the first to unmask the Sidewinder Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil's Canyon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nat Holt Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actually Forrest Tucker did not play the sergeant in this movie. He was the lieutenant and Edgar Buchanan played Sgt. O'Rourke. See more »

Goofs

When the Indians raid the ranch at the start of the movie all of the cattle in the stockade are Herefords. Herefords were not established as livestock in the western US until the 1880's when Charles Goodnight was finally able to breed them in the Texas panhandle a few other ranchers in the western US had tried in the late 1870's but all of those small herds died off after a short time. See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mocking Bird
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Septimus Winner and music by Richard Milburn - credited as a traditional song
Arranged by Paul Sawtell
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The Sidewinder
3 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Flaming Feather casts Sterling Hayden as a rancher and Forrest Tucker as a cavalry lieutenant who make a bet as to who will catch the notorious outlaw known as the Sidewinder. Hayden whose ranch was recently burned out and cattle stolen is not satisfied with the performance of the army in catching this desperado. The Sidewinder has as his gang a collection renegade Ute Indians which makes him the army business as opposed to civilian law enforcement. Hayden and Tucker have a wager on who will catch him first as no white people know his identity.

It wasn't hard to figure it out just look at the casting. Even without IMDb identifying the Sidewinder on Flaming Feather's page it was easy to figure out by the kind of roles this player is usually cast in. The real suspense is whether Hayden or Tucker will wind up with leading ladies Arleen Whelan and Barbara Rush. Another good part is that of Carol Thurston who played many exotic types in her career and is the Indian mistress of The Sidewinder.

Flaming Feather is good, but highly predictable.


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