Fort Yuma (film)
Director Lesley Selander
Cinematography Gordon Avil
Country United States
Produced by Aubrey Schenck
|Cast Peter Graves (Lt. Ben Keegan), Joan Vohs (Melanie Crown), John Hudson (Sgt. Jonas), Joan Taylor (Francesca), Abel Fernandez (Mangas), William 'Bill' Phillips (Sgt. Milo Hallock)|
Release date 1955 (1955)
Writer Danny Arnold (screenplay), Danny Arnold (story)
Similar movies Last of the Renegades, The Desperado Trail, Treasure of Silver Lake, Apache Gold, War Horse, Old Shatterhand
Fort Yuma is a 1955 Technicolor Western film directed by Lesley Selander starring Peter Graves, Joan Vohs, John Hudson and Joan Taylor
When word reaches a U.S. Cavalry command that an Apache chief's son is planning an attack on Fort Yuma, a column of soldiers led by Lt. Ben Keegan is sent to deliver ammunition and supplies. Keegan has a longstanding hatred of the Indians and even resents that his chief scout, Sgt. Jonas, is an Apache himself.
Accompanying them is missionary Melanie Crown, an educated and enlightened woman from the East who despises prejudice and strongly believes everyone can live together in harmony, and the sergeant's sister, Francesca, whose mutual attraction with Keegan is complicated, considering his views.
The company is attacked, its soldiers being picked off one by one until only the two officers and two women remain alive. Apaches steal the dead soldiers' uniforms and intend to approach the fort in disguise. Fighting off two Apache attackers, Keegan kills one and hangs the other, against the appeals of the others.
Francesca is killed, dying in Keegan's arms, which brings about a change in his attitudes. He and the others reach the fort just as the disguised Apaches' real identities are discovered. A fierce battle, saber vs. knife, ensues between Keegan and the Apache chief's son, man to man. Keegan survives and experiences remorse for his beliefs, while Melanie and Jonas intend to set an example for the others how to co-exist in peace.
The film was edited before release with many violent scenes being excised.
The film was originally denied a seal from the Production Code Administration. Geoffrey Shurlock told producer Howard W. Koch that it contained "sadism and excessive gruesomeness". To get a seal, Koch reduced the number of killings from 24 to 10. Removed were scenes where a man is spread-eagled and torn apart by horses; an arrow impaling a hand to wood; and a scene depicting the bodies of hanged Indians, swaying from tree limbs.
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