|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)|
by Dennis Schwartz
Castle ("Undertow"/"Strait-Jacket"/"The Old
Dark House") directs this routine B-Western. The story
and screenplay are by Douglas Heyes.
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+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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