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Title: The Charge at Feather River (1953)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 08, 2011, 07:01:03 PM

just saw on TCM The Charge at Feather River (1953) 6.5/10 Directed by Gordon Douglas.
Guy Madison stars as a former soldier, asked by his old commander to lead a group of soldiers (mostly a ragtag group culled from the guardhouse for various infractions) on a raid on a Cheyenne village to rescue two sisters that were kidnapped several years earlier.

This was one of the early Warnercolor films shot in 3D, so you will see some interesting effects, such as arrows and lances flying right at the camera. This film is also notable for being the source of the name "Wilhelm Scream," after a character in the film named Private Wilhelm. (Though the actual scream was recorded originally and first heard on the 1951 film Distant Drums).
A young Vera Miles plays the younger sister, and gives a good performance in a part with little dialogue.
One of the final shots and a line uttered therein may remind some of you of a very similar shot in The Searchers...  ;)

The title of this film makes absolutely no sense. The only Western I have ever seen with a title as ridiculous is The Stranger Wore a Gun, ( another 3D film that has stuff flying at the camera ;))

Cast: (Courtesy of imdb)

    Guy Madison    ...   Miles Archer
    Frank Lovejoy    ...   Sgt. Charlie Baker
    Helen Westcott    ...   Anne McKeever
    Vera Miles    ...   Jennie McKeever
    Dick Wesson    ...   Pvt. Cullen
    Onslow Stevens    ...   Grover Johnson
    Steve Brodie    ...   Pvt. Ryan
    Ron Hagerthy    ...   Johnny McKeever
    Fay Roope    ...   Lt. Col. Kilrain
    Neville Brand    ...   Pvt. Morgan
    Henry Kulky    ...   Pvt. Smiley
    Lane Chandler    ...   Pvt. Zebulan Poinsett
    Fred Carson    ...   Chief Thunder Hawk
    James Brown    ...   Pvt. Connors
    Ralph Brooks    ...   Pvt. Wilhelm