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

- Yes, Sir. What will it be?

- Is your beer cold?

- Lance... Lance Poole!

- How are you, Bob.

I heard that the rebels

had you for breakfast.


Look who's here.

- I'm glad to see you, boy.

- Same to me, Zeke.

- Look like cows and chewing.

- Well, I came making 1,800 miles.

Let's get to welcoming you.

I bought that trick for $ 10

from a guitar player in Cheyenne.

It defies all laws of engineering.

With the teeth.

It looks like you did good in the army, huh?

You got a Medal, stripes. Are you a Sergeant?

- Sergeant Major.

- When I was in the army...

The regular army. We were

particular who wore th0se stripes.

- Lance, which way did you come back?

- The Overland trail.

- Did you see the UP railroad? - Yes,

every 75 miles east of Fort Carney.

That railroad is gonna make

a lot of changes, Lance.

I can remember when your dad and

I trapped Wind River country.

A man could walk a week and

never see a living human.

Just them mountains, big...

Yeah, it's all getting crowded.

Well, I'm gonna get rolling.

I am anxious to see the old man.

- If I guess he's on his way in now.

- How could he know Lance has come back?

The wind maybe, but he'll know.

Thanks, Bob. See you, Zeke.

- A fine boy. He'll do all right.

- Will he?

Why not?

He never left his father alone, why

should they treat him any different?

Did you notice how sour the haircut?

You can always smell them.

- Zeke, who is that fellow?

- He's a lawyer.

The name is Coolan. He's now here

for his health. He has lung fever.

Look who's coming!

Hello, Father!

Is my father forgotten

the language of the white man?

I use it little.

- Your health?

- Good.

We will go home.

Goodbye, Zeke.

- Gee, it's pretty.

- Sweet Meadows.

Here you belong.

It's gonna be all right.

You must be Jimmy!

- I am seven. - Well, you're gonna

make us a good foreman someday.

- Have you been seeing a doctor?

- No.

Then you don't know

what is wrong with you.

In the winter the leaves falls from

the tree. No medicine can stop it.

Your business is driving cattle.

Let the doctor decide.

My blood grows cold, soon I will die.

I couldn't kill you with an ax. As soon as

you getting better, we're gonna work together.

I got a saddlebag full of dreams

I made around the campfires at war...

...when the night was quiet.

I'll let the valley

soak in the sunlight.

Nurse it, pet it, until Sweet Meadows is a ranch

where we can live and all our kids after us.

It will be ours Father.

Warm, plenty to eat, nothing but peace.

To any man who comes along which

has run out of luck we'll say:

Grab a chair and eat with us.

Stay until you ready to leave.

No men red nor Whites will ever

be turned away from our door.

The war has changed you.

It changed the whole country.

Men didn't die for nothing.

Those who left want to get

along peaceful. Like me.

- We lost our taste for fighting.

- May you find your peace.

Why should anyone bother me now?

You're tired, Father.

It's time for you to go to bed.

I'll get a doctor here tomorrow

to look you over.

Do you think the white doctor

cares if I live or die?

I think so, yes.

The whites outnumber us, father.

All wars are over. Even yours.

The country is growing up. They gave me

these stripes without testing my blood.

I led a squad of whites, slept in the

same blankets and ate from the same pan.

Held their heads when they died.

Why should it be any different now?

You are home.

You are again an Indian.

Broken Lance.

There are scales on the arise

so that you are blind.

The truth will tear you.

- What is the truth?

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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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