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Produced by Leonard Goldstein
Music by Lionel Newman
Director Rudolph Maté
Directed by Rudolph Maté
Screenplay by Sydney Boehm
Cinematography Edward Cronjager
Screenplay Sydney Boehm
|Starring Van Johnson
Initial release 2 April 1954 (New York City)
Music director Lionel Newman, Cyril J. Mockridge
Story by J. Robert Bren, Gladys Atwater
Cast Van Johnson, Richard Boone, Joanne Dru, Milburn Stone, Jeff Morrow
Similar Richard Boone movies, Westerns
Siege at Red River is a 1954 American Western film directed by Rudolph Maté and written by Sydney Boehm. The film stars Van Johnson, Joanne Dru, Richard Boone, Milburn Stone, Jeff Morrow, and Craig Hill. The film was released on May 1, 1954, by 20th Century Fox.
The siege at red river 1954 intro
In Ohio in 1865, a Gatling gun is being carried by a Confederate Army officer in civilian clothes, calling himself Jim Farraday, and a sergeant, going by Benjy, to aid the Southern cause in the war. They come to the aid of a Rebel-hating Yankee nurse, Nora Curtis, whose wagon is stuck in the mud.
Stopping off in a town for supplies and information, Farraday falls under the suspicion of a Pinkerton detective, Frank Kelso, who has been assigned to locate the stolen Gatling gun. Behind her back, Farraday and Benjy smuggle the gun out of town in Nora's wagon.
A mercenary, Brett Manning, befriends the soldiers on the trail, then betrays them, shooting Benjy and stealing the gun. He sells it to tribal leader Chief Yellow Hawk, who uses it during an attack on a fort against soldiers, women and children. Farraday joins forces with Kelso to overcome Yellow Hawk's men and take the gun back, turning the battle in the fort's favor. Nora successfully argues that Kelso should reward Farraday by letting him go home to Georgia. Knowing that the war is nearly over, he allows Farraday to leave.