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|INDIAN TERRITORY (director: John English; screenwriter: Norman S. Hall; cinematographer: William Bradford; editor: James Sweeney; cast: Gene Autry (Himself), Pat Buttram (Shadrach Jones), Gail Davis (Melody Colton), Pat Collins (Jim Colton), Kirby Grant (Lieutenant Randy Mason), James Griffith (Apache Kid aka Johnny Corday), Philip Van Zandt (Curt Raidler), Roy Gordon (Major Farrell), Robert Carson (Captain Wallace), Charles Stevens (Soma), Wes Hudman (Cook); Runtime: 70; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Armand Scaefer; Image Entertainment; 1950)|
|"Typical Gene Autry B-western,
which is not saying much."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Typical Gene Autry B-western, which is not saying much.
Director John English ("Mule Train"/"The Adventures of Captain
Marvel"/"The Strawberry Roan") throws
a few comical fistfights, a few Indian raids, a stampede, some lame
comic relief from Pat Buttram, three songs from Autry (including the
lively "The Chattanooga Shoe Shine
Boy") and a
half-baked story line about renegade Indians under the influence of an
unscrupulous white man. The weak screenplay is provided by Norman S.
Hall. The film freely borrows
footage from Arizona (1940).
It's set in the Old West,
following the Civil War. Former
Confederate cavalry captain Gene Autry (Gene Autry), now a sergeant in
the Union Army, brings his fort commander, Major Farrell, news that the
recent Indian raids are caused by young renegade Indians led by
half-breed Johnny Corday aka
the Apache Kid (James Griffith). The Apache chiefs would like to put an
end to the raids, but don't know where the renegades are getting the
rifles. Autry, along with sidekick scout, Shadrach Jones (Pat Buttram), go on special assignment, without
uniforms, to Apache Springs. There Autry prevents newcomer rancher Jim
Colton (Pat Collins) from being rustled by Corday. In town,
Autry discovers that Corday partners with an evil former major in the
Austrian army and former officer in Quantrill's Raiders, Curt Raidler (Philip Van Zandt), who was booted out of both places
because he's a bad dude.
Autry receives help from
undercover cavalry Lieutenant
Mason (Kirby Grant), as they handle the baddies fermenting
Indian trouble in the hopes they can become cattle barons. Gail Davis plays the feisty daughter of
rancher Colton, who falls in love with Mason.
On the positive side, Autry takes a sympathetic view towards the Indians, and is shown speaking Apache and being a blood brother to the Chiricahua.
REVIEWED ON 7/4/2010 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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