Synopsis: In 1866, a new gold discovery and an inconclusive conference force the U.S. Army to build a road and fort in territory ceded by previous treaty to the the disgust of frontier scout Jim Bridger, whose Cheyenne wife led him to see the conflict from both sides. The powder-keg situation needs only a spark to bring war, and violent bigots like Lieut. Rob Dancy are all too likely to provide this. Meanwhile, Bridger's chance of preventing catastrophe is dimmed by equally wrenching personal conflicts. Unusually accurate historically.
Director(s): George Sherman
Production: Universal
82 min

No, we would have learned of it

after we signed the Treaty.

See this warrior of

the Great White Father.

You pretend to parley with us

for a road through our lands,

but soldiers are here to steal

a road before we say yes or no.

- What did he say?

- What did he say Mr. Bridger?

He said the white man's promises

are written in water.

In other words, he said

you're a pack of liars

and this peace conference is a fake.

- Does this mean they'll fight?

- Not exactly.

Though the Sioux have been betrayed

Red Cloud said they want peace.

- But if war is forced on them...

- Forced? Meaning the Fort?

No, you can put through your road

and you can fortify it,

but if one white man kills one Indian,

that road's gonna come

unraveled in your face.

Jim! Beckworth!

Jim, how did you know

about the fort?

We put a few rumors together.

They didn't order your outfit

out of Kansas for nothing.

- How many going altogether?

- One cavalry troop,

a squad from the Quartermasters,

four officer's wives including

Mrs. Carrington and six young ones.

Don't you know Red Cloud has

the whole Sioux Nation under him?

- The Oglalas, the Brules...

- 4,000 fighting men easy.

It's not a military expedition.

We're going to maintain a fort.

We'll provide escort for wagons,

carry mail and things like that.

I still need good scouts.

- What about you two?

- I'm through scouting for the Army.

Can't make a living at it.

Five dollars a day and your keep?

Five dollars? It'll cost you more

for whiskey to drown the boredom.

Beck's afraid I'll back out

on our fur trading deal.

We're expecting a lot of

Indian villages this year.

Why not join us later?

Fur trading's pretty slow

by the middle of summer.

Sergeant, get those wagons rolling.

- You know the Lieutenant?

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Silvia Richards

Silvia Richards was a screenwriter who worked on a number of films in the 1940s and 1950s, including the film noir Ruby Gentry and the Western Rancho Notorious. She also wrote for television in the 1950s and early 1960s. more…

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