DENNIS SCHWARTZ Movie Reviews

BATTLE OF ROGUE RIVER (director: William Castle; screenwriter: story and screenplay by Douglas Heyes; cinematographer: Henry Freulich; editor: Charles Nelson; music: George Duning/Mischa Bakaleinikoff; cast:  George Montgomery (Major Frank Archer), Richard Denning (Stacey Wyatt), Martha Hyer (Brett McClain), Charles Evans  (Matt Parrish), Michael Granger (Chief Mike), John Crawford (Captain Richard Hillman), Emory Parnell  (Sergeant McClain), Willis Bouchey (Major Wallach); Runtime: 71; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Sam Katzman; Columbia Pictures; 1954)

"Routine B-Western."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

William Castle ("Undertow"/"Strait-Jacket"/"The Old Dark House") directs this routine B-Western. The story and screenplay are by Douglas Heyes.

The western is set in the 1850s, in the Rogue River Valley area of the Oregon territory, where the Indians do not welcome the white settlers and are at war with them. Cavalry major Frank Archer (George Montgomery), a strict disciplinarian, is the new officer, replacing the weak Major Wallach (Willis Bouchey ),  assigned to protect the settlers in the Oregon territory. Chief Mike (Michael Granger) arranges for a 30-day truce with the new commander. Trouble ensues when the Irregular Stacey Wyatt (Richard Denning) causes the Indians not trust the soldiers and teams up with the venal Matt Parrish (Charles Evans), the crooked syndicate businessman, to try and steal the Indian mineral wealth for themselves. 

REVIEWED ON 4/4/2016       GRADE: C+

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