Devil's Doorway

Synopsis: Lance Poole, an Indian who won a Medal of Honor fighting at Gettysburg, returns to his tribal lands intent on peaceful cattle ranching. But white sheep farmers want his fertile grass range and manage to turn the ostensibly civilized white population against the tribes, with tragic results.
Genre: Romance, Western
Director(s): Anthony Mann
  2 nominations.
84 min

- How did you do? - $36 a head.

- What are you gonna do with all

that money? - Just put in the bank.

Did you ever deposit

$ 18,000 in the bank?

Every week.

You put down the check, the man looks

if it is good, looks at you...

And all of a sudden he respects you.

That is what $ 18,000 will do.

- Lance, I wanna talk to you.

- Shoot.

No one is gladder than me what you've

done so good in the past five years.

- People are starting to talk.

- Go ahead.

It ain't no use in grubbing it in.

Am I not one of the

leading citizens?

Wyoming is now part of the United States.

There is a different kind of people here.

Shop keepers, railroad men...

They are not used to...

Rich Indians?

Lance, you know what I'm trying to say.

Watch yourself.

- Alright, Marshall, I'll buy you a drink.

Shot of moose milk. - No thanks, it's too early.

- Come on! - You don't want to drink.

- Come on! It will do you good.

- Hello. Bob!

- Hello, boys!

Reach down under the bar

and bring up my friend.

What's the matter?

Has the well gone dry?

No liquor allowed for Indians!

- How did it get there?

- I put it there. Territorial law.

That's your job, Zeke.

Civilization is a great thing.

- The law no says I can't buy you

a drink, Lance. - No, thanks Bob.

- How about you, Red Rock? - I'd choke.

- We take soda water. - Huh?

- There's no law against an Indian

drinking water, is there? - Sure.

Speaking of law, Mike, an

interesting situation has developed

with the formation of the Territory and

the opening of the Regional Office in Wyoming.

All this land around here is

open to homesteading.

- A real interesting development.

- Yes, yes.

It's of particularly interest to sheep men, Nebraska

and Kansas. The ranch has been burning up there.

So I thought it only fair to pass the word

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Guy Trosper

Guy Trosper (March 27, 1911 – December 19, 1963) was an American screenwriter. He came to prominence in Hollywood because of his scripts for two baseball movies: The Stratton Story in 1949, a big hit for James Stewart, and The Pride of St. Louis in 1952, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. This led him into a highly fertile creative period, during which he wrote the screenplays for Elvis Presley's breakout hit Jailhouse Rock in 1957, the complex western One-Eyed Jacks in 1961, and Birdman of Alcatraz in 1962, which he also produced. Trosper's last screenplay before his premature death was an adaptation of John le Carré's 1963 novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. The film was released in 1965; Trosper (posthumously) and co-writer Paul Dehn received a 1966 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. more…

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