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Drums Across the River (1954)

Drums Across the River poster

Audie Murphy and pop Walter Brennan are living a pretty decent life until smiley-faced Lyle Bettger decides to make some money by fomenting a war with the local Ute tribe to open up their lands and mine some gold. Audie’s got an Unreasonable Hate as his pop tells him because a young Ute brave killed his mama. Now there are bigger things at stake so he sorts out a peace deal with the tribe only for Bettger to renege on his word – as villains always do. It’s the hanging block for Audie when he’s wrongly accused of a heinous crime, all to get his pop from the gang’s clutches. There’s some gorgeous scenery at Barton Flats in the San Bernardino Mountains with Mara Corday providing a little bit of romance. Directed by noted art director Nathan Juran.

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