Smoke Signal (1955) 720p

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Genres:
Action | Drama
Resolution:
1280*640
Size:
807.25M
Quality:
720p
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
Language:
English 2.0  
Run Time:
88 min
IMDB Rating:
6.2 / 10 
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2
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0
Directors: Jerry Hopper [Director] ,


Movie Description:
Capt. Harper's cavalry patrol returns to the fort to find it besieged by Ute Indians. The apparent cause is the recapture of Army traitor Brett Halliday, who deserted to the Utes in a previous war; but Brett has a different story. With capture imminent, the only chance for the surviving men (and one woman) is to boat down a wild, uncharted river, where Harper and Halliday must pull together, like it or not. —Rod Crawford

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Reviews

Rolling On The Colorado River

When Captain William Tallman returns to the fort with accused deserter Dana Andrews, he finds himself besieged by Indians who want him back. Tallman won't give him up, and the Utes threaten to kill everyone. So Andrews leads them on an escape by boat down the wild Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

There are some technical issues with the obvious process shots. You can easily see which shots re shot in the studio against a screen. Even so, the location shots by Clifford Stine are lovely, and the sparse lines well delivered by a cast that includes Piper Laurie, Milburn Stone, Gordon Jones, and William Schallert -- even though Miss Laurie ater stated that Andrews was drunk throughout the shoot.

Generally, very good...and well worth your time.

"Smoke Signal" is an exceptional western in many ways. It has very good acting but more importantly it has excellent writing.

The story begins with a company of cavalry soldiers trying to make their way back to the fort...but hostile Ute Indians are trying to stop them. This is unusual because until recently, the Ute had been pacified. But now they most certainly are NOT and they want to wipe out the white men on their land.

When most of them manage to make it to the fort, things aren't a lot better. The fort's been under siege for some time and sooner or later, they're going to take the fort. However, the Captain (William Talman) is surprised when he and his men arrive at the fort...there's an unexpected prisoner there. Apparently Captain Halliday has been captured and his back story is an unusual one. It seems that Halliday objected to the way his commanding officer treated the Ute. The commander essentially wanted them dead...and Halliday's entreaties to treat them well had fallen on deaf ears. Eventually, in desperation, Halliday deserted...going to live with the Ute. So how did he get in the fort? Well, it seems that the Ute are so angry about the white men and their treatment of them, they want Halliday dead as well....so Halliday seems like a dead man regardless. There's a lot more to the story....try to see it if you can...as it only gets better.

"Smoke Signal" is a product of the 1950s. In the 50s, Hollywood was reassessing the way they portrayed natives. While still they often painted up white folks to play 'Indians' (fortunately they did NOT in this film), often these people were being portrayed more generously....and when they were warlike it was a reaction to their mistreatment and loss of land.

So what did I like about it apart from the acting and writing? Well, I liked the originality of the screenplay.... I cannot think of another western like it...and I've probably seen well over a thousand or more films in the genre. I also loved the Colorado River locale...it was beautiful and seeing the wilderness (mostly around Moab, Utah) is nice. My only complaint is that in closeup shots of the actors as they braved the treacherous river...well, these were done poorly and it's obviously they were rear projecting the river footage behind them...clumsily. It's a shame, as otherwise the footage is amazing...and it's one of the most breathtaking parts of America.

Outdoor western at its best

Capt. Harper's cavalry patrol returns to the fort to find it besieged by Ute Indians. The apparent cause is the recapture of Army traitor Brett Halliday, who deserted to the Utes in a previous war; but Brett has a different story. With capture imminent, the only chance for the surviving men (and one woman) is to boat down a wild, uncharted river, where Harper and Halliday must pull together, like it or not.

Like the better-known The Last Wagon, Smoke Signal features a despised 'Indian lover' prisoner ( Dana Andrews) helping a mixed band of whites made up of cavalry officers and a lady ( Piper Laurie) evade the Utes by crossing the Grand Canyon stretch of the Colorado River, and along with the intense drama between the characters, the river plays its part in conveying the turmoil of the situation they are in.

It's a rugged action western with good performances by the underrated Dana Andrews, Piper Laurie, the bitter William Talman and Rex reason - a stirring adventure film.
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