War Arrow (1953)


“I’m beginning to feel a little foolish.” – Sgt. Augustus Wilks

“You got the face to go with it.” – Sgt. Luke Schermerhorn

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jan 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A cavalry officer is sent to the an outlying fort in order to help keep the area safe from Indian attacks on both civilians an soldiers.

My Take on it – This is a Western that I had ever heard of beforehand and found it quite interesting.

The premise is quite good because it allows us to see a different perspective on the way that the Indian Wars were fought.

The story itself is quite simplistic yet works on numerous levels and stays interesting throughout.

Jeff Chandler is great in the lead and he deserves much more credit as an actor than he has always been given.

The story itself moves at a great pace and they show us some great skirmishes between the (bad) Kiowa Indians and the band of (good) Seminole Indians led by Chandler’s character Captain Brady.

Love dthe way that his band of men were known as Brady’s Bunch because it’s a great use of the moniker that all of us sitcom lovers are quite familiar with especially since it works really well in this instance.

This film is quite enjoyable especially since it allows us to see a varying viewpoint on the way that the Indian wars were fought by the US Army.

Bottom Line – Very simple yet interesting Western that allows us to see a different side of both sides of the wars. Chandler is great as the lead here and deserves much more credit as an actor than many give him. The story moves at a great pace and we get to see some nice skirmishes between the Kiowa Indians and the band of troops comprised of (friendly) Seminole Indians who fight against them and are led by Candler’s Brady. Loved the pre-sitcom use of the tern Brady’s Bunch and that really works here.  This is quite enjoyable in the way that it allows the viewer to see a different perspective of the Indian Wars. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The rifle shown to the Indians was a genuine 1866 Henry repeater, but the rifle carried by the army troopers later in the film was a Model 1894 Winchester with a brass-colored receiver. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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