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Massacre Canyon (1954)

Passed | | Western | 1 May 1954 (USA)
Cavalrymen disguised as civilians must drive a wagon train loaded with army rifles through dangerous Apache territory to Fort Collins.

Director:

Fred F. Sears

Writers:

David Lang (story), David Lang (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Philip Carey ... Lieutenant Richard Faraday (as Phil Carey)
Audrey Totter ... Flaxy
Douglas Kennedy ... Sergeant James Marlowe
Jeff Donnell ... Cora
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Private Peaceful Allen (as Guinn Williams)
Charlita Charlita ... Gita
Ross Elliott ... Private George W. Davis
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Phineas J. 'Parson' Canfield
Mel Welles ... Gonzáles
Chris Alcaide ... Running Horse
Steven Ritch Steven Ritch ... Black Eagle (as Steve Ritch)
John Pickard ... Lt. Ridgeford
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Storyline

Lt. Faraday has two wagons full of guns that he and his men must deliver. He also must escort two young ladies through hostile Indian Country. It is up to Running Horse to sabotage the wagons so that they will end up at Massacre Canyon where they will meet their fate. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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OUT OF THE PASS...INTO THE CANYON...AND NO TURNING BACK! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Massacre at Moccasin Pass See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Budget Undercuts Results
7 August 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

An undercover cavalry detachment must deliver a shipment of rifles across Apache land. It doesn't help that the lieutenant is closer to a whiskey bottle than to his men.

Some good ideas in the screenplay—the quarreling two male leads (Carey & Kennedy), the "wounded" Indian infiltrator, the treacherous parson (Dumke). Trouble is the cheap budget restricts filming to cramped LA area, when a much larger landscape is needed. Then too, I agree with reviewer aimless-46: the shootout at the end is the most clumsily staged I've seen. And I've seen a ton. But then they're in Bronson Canyon (familiar from dozens of sci- fi's), which doesn't provide much room to maneuver. Note also how the Parson (Dumke) provides wives, and not hookers, even though the latter makes more sense for the footloose men. That distinction, however, makes the service acceptable to the Production Code of the time. Too bad the fine noir actress Audrey Totter is wasted in an apparently tacked-on role, likely for marquee value. Anyway, the screenplay is not without imaginative ideas, along with a commanding performance from the always reliable Douglas Kennedy. Nevertheless, the lowly budget, plus uneven acting (Carey and Donnell) undercuts too much of that potential, resulting in a highly erratic oater.


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