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|Directed by||Irving Reis|
|Screenplay by||Max Trell|
|Produced by||Irving Allen |
William E. Snyder
|Edited by||Louis Sackin|
|Music by||René Garriguenc|
Irving Allen Productions
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||less than $700,000|
President Abraham Lincoln himself comes to New Mexico to discuss living together in peace with Acoma, a feared and respected Indian chief. He presents the chief with a cane as a gift and symbol of their friendship.
Lt. Hunt is promoted due to his personal assistance to Lincoln in arranging the truce. Unhappily, a bigoted superior officer, Col. McComb, and the dastardly Judge Wilcox are opposed to any such treaty. When Hunt states his objection, McComb has him placed under arrest alongside Acoma and a number of Indian braves, also breaking the cane.
Other members of the tribe break them out of jail, killing McComb and others in the process. Hunt takes command and cancels all travel in the region, angering a woman named Cherry who is planning a trip to Nevada. She arrogantly elects to leave anyway, as does Judge Wilcox, so a company of men led by Hunt goes along as escort.
The Indians attack, frightening the two women and burying the judge in the sand. Hunt is disgusted with Cherry's selfish attitude and tells her so. She comes to know one of Acoma's sons, and when another uprising has fatal consequence for the Indian warriors as well as Hunt, she and Acoma's son are lucky to have their lives spared.
- Lew Ayres as Captain Hunt
- Marilyn Maxwell as Cherry
- Andy Devine as Sgt. Garrity
- Robert Hutton as Lt. Vermont
- Donald Buka as Pvt. Van Vechton
- Ted de Corsia as Acoma
- Lloyd Corrigan as Judge Verne Wilcox
- John Hoyt as Sgt. Harrison
- Jeff Corey as Coyote
- Raymond Burr as Private Anderson
- Verna Felton as Mrs. Fenway
- Ian MacDonald as Pvt. Daniels
- Peter Price as Chia-Kong, also known as Charlie
- Bud Rae as Stagecoach Driver
- Walter Greaza as Col. McComb (as Walter N. Greaza)
- Hans Conried as Abraham Lincoln (uncredited)
- THOMAS M. PRYOR (Jan 10, 1954). "HOLLYWOOD CHEER: Eric Johnston Predicts Good Year for Industry -- Producer's Point of View". New York Times. p. X5.
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