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Tumbleweed (1953)

Passed | | Western | December 1953 (USA)
When a wagon train is wiped-out by the Yaqui Indians, the surviving guide Jim Harvey is accused of desertion and cowardice but Jim escapes the town jail in search of the truth.

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

John Meredyth Lucas (screenplay), Kenneth Perkins (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie Murphy ... Jim Harvey
Lori Nelson ... Laura Saunders
Chill Wills ... Sheriff Murchoree
Roy Roberts ... Nick Buckley
Russell Johnson ... Lam Blanden
K.T. Stevens ... Louella Buckley
Madge Meredith ... Sarah Blanden
Lee Van Cleef ... Marv
I. Stanford Jolley ... Ted
Ross Elliott ... Seth Blanden
Ralph Moody ... Aguila
Eugene Iglesias ... Tigre
Phil Chambers ... Trapper Ross
Lyle Talbot ... Weber
King Donovan ... Wrangler
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Storyline

Jim Harvey is hired to guard a small wagon train as it makes its way west. The train is attacked by Indians and Harvey, hoping to persuade Aguila, the chief, to call off the attack due to Harvey's having saved his son's life, leaves the train to negotiate. He is captured and the rest of the train is wiped out except for two sisters. Escaping and showing up in town later, Harvey is nearly hanged as a deserter, but gets away. Eventually caught by the sheriff and his posse, they are attacked by Indians. This time the Indians are defeated and Aguila, captured and dying, reveals the identity of the white man who engineered the initial attack on the wagon train, just as the perpetrator rides up behind them. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The story of Jim Harvey...the savage terror he faced...the desert woman he loved! See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Were Renegades 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

The title of the film, Tumbleweed, is the name of the horse that Audie Murphy acquires about halfway through the film. See more »

Goofs

During the climatic horseback chase scene with Audie Murphy chasing Russell Johnson another "modern-era" mistake is visible. At 1:14:19 into the movie, in the upper right-hand portion of the frame a house is seen with two servicing power line poles clearly in view. See more »

Quotes

Trapper Ross: I told you, you fly with jailbirds and you get dirty wings.
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A mighty smart horse
14 November 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In Tumbleweed Audie Murphy plays a young scout of a wagon train which is massacred leaving only Audie and two women, K.T. Stevens and Lori Nelson as survivors. The women hid in a cave, but Audie had gone out to parley with the Yaquis and they held him instead.

When Murphy gets back to the white settlement he's a most unpopular man. His only chance at regaining popularity and keeping his right to walk and breathe permanently is to find which white man gave the location of the train to the Yaquis for his own venal purposes.

Tumbleweed is also the name of a horse that Audie gets from sympathetic rancher Roy Roberts for his flight. The horse kind of marches to his own beat, but his brand of horse sense proves invaluable to Murphy.

There's a nice climax of an Indian fight with the Yaquis before the dying chief Ralph Moody reveals all. All in all a good western with Audie Murphy giving a good characterization of a wrongly accused man.


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