Fort Yuma

Synopsis: A disgruntled settler kills an Apache chief at Fort Yuma, and the fort's commander knows that the chief's son, Manga Colorado, will seek revenge and go on the warpath. He sends word by a courier to Fort Apache where a supply column is due to head across the desert to Fort Yuman, but the courier is killed by Mangas. The column, under the command of Lieutenant Ben Keegan who hates Apaches because he doesn't trust them, and because his assigned scout is Jonas, the brother of an Apache girl, Francesca, whom Keegan has been having an affair with. Also accompanying them is Melanie Crowne, who is going to do missionary work among the Apaches. Mangas attacks the column wiping out everybody but Keegan, Jonas and Melanie. Francesca is killed while trying to warn Keegan, and he realizes how foolish he had been in his prejudice and in keeping his love secret. The Apaches, dressed in the uniforms of the dead soldier, plan to gain entrance to Fort Yuma and massacre the men there.
78 min

I'm Mangas Colorados.

My son, Mangas.

Antonio, medicine man of my people.

Captain Philip Santley.

Lieutenant Wilson.

Your government wants peace.

The Manbreno wants peace.

Let the war between our

people be at an end.

I speak for my people

and my government.

When I say that the rights of the Manbreno

shall have the respect and the protection...

Dirty murderer!

Stop that man.

Who is he?

I've never seen him before, captain.

It looked like he's

out of his mind, sir.

Plump out of his mind.

What a time he picked.

How is he?

He's dead, never knew what hit him.

- Lieutenant Wilson.

- Yes, Sir.

- Who's riding to Fort Apache?

- Cassidy, sir.

Now this almost the end of December.

That makes a supply-column leaving from

Fort Apache to be here any time now.

Twenty men and a load of ammunition

will never get passed Mangas.

It can make things pretty warm

here with all that powder.

The Manbrenos aren't

a very big tribe, captain.

Yeah, I know. But that ammunition

could change things.

Anyway, I'm taking no chances.

I'm asking for two full companies,

to reinforce the post.

Cassidy, I appear for

the Fort's ordinance, sir.

Escort this to General Crook personally,

Cassidy, you understand?

Yes, sir. I'd ride now, sir.

Right, and step on it.

Cassidy, keep your eyes open.

I'm practically on my way back, sir.

In case I don't get back in time,

a Happy New Year to you, captain.

- Same to you, Lieutenant.

- Thanks.

Merry Christmas to you.

Thanks, Sam.

As long as I'm not at

this Christmas dinner,

tell the cook to split up

my portion and go for the men.

All right, get out of here.

- Merry Christmas.

- Merry Christmas.

My father wanted peace.

I want Fort Yuma!

Don't you know if you

don't let loose of me?

You'll throw away

the chance of peace treaty.

Don't you know that?

Don't you know that you will have

all the U.S. Army if you do this?

That's U.S. government business...

You'll have to answer

General Crook for this.

What are you gonna do?

You'll have trouble for this.

You're breaking the treaty.

Don't do that.

You can't get away with this,

they will hang you.

Everyone of you.

- Is it good.

- That ought to do it.

Be sure to check it over carefully.

It's gonna be heavy loaded.


You want me, Lieutenant?

We're leaving for Fort Yuma

first thing in the morning.

- Lights out in one hour.

- Yes, sir.

Excuse me, sir.

About my termination for training.

I got tactics and communication

memorized, sir.

How about it?

Can you read it to me?

- I know it by heart, sir.

- Can you read it?

No, sir.

Can you write it?

No, sir, but I know...

When you can I'll forward

your application.

I never heard of an officer in the U.S.

cavalry who couldn't read or write.

Yes, sir.

I told you it wouldn't work, Milo.

I guess they just wouldn't

cut out brass, that's all.

Oh, is that so?

You got too much studying to do than to

waste time and feel sorry for yourself.

Come on.

I'm not feeling sorry for myself!

And I asked you a million times,

not to call me Milo!

Okay, Mike, okay.

Hello, Ben.

Lieutenant Keegan.

What are you doing here?

I'm going to Fort Yuma with you.

How did you get your orders?

General Crook.

I wouldn't count on it.

You better get back

on your own outfit.

Merry Christmas, Lieutenant.

Thank you, sir. The same to you.

You'd like some punch?

No. Thank you, sir.

Now, what's on your mind?

I've been assigned to take the

supply column to Fort Yuma.

Yes, yes, according to the

duty list it's your turn.

That's right, sir.

Well, what's the trouble?

No trouble sir, I'm requesting

another scout.


I'd rather have not an Indian

with my company, sir.

We've known Jonas for years.

He rode with the outfit for a long time.

Now since when has he ceased to be a

friend and become just another Indian?

There is nothing personal

in this request, sir.

Of course not.

That is your business, I suppose.

There's no other scout available.

Then I'll go without one.

You'll be blessed well with any scout

I see fit to sent with you!

You run your company, Lieutenant.

Leave the rest of the army to me!

Yes, sir.

Now wait a minute!

I haven't dismissed you yet.

Now look, Lieutenant...

You've been out in this

territory for a long time.

No one knows any better than you how tough it

is to straighten out this mess with the Apaches,

and put an end to these

raidings and killings.

You've been with me

from the very beginning.

You've known them all.

Geronimo, Nana, Victoria,

Cochise, the whole lot.

There's more to this, Lieutenant,

then just turn to see how much

Apaches we can shoot.

We're supposed to

make them believe in us.

We're supposed to convince the Indians

that we want to live in peace with them.

I know that is not easy to do

when we're shooting them down.

But we are just about

to got it linked.

Mangas Colorados got his Manbrenos

on to Fort Yuma right now.

And they're just about ready to sign.

That means it's over.

It's up for a few renegades.

That's the easy part,

we can smoke them out.

Then there doesn't have to be

another shot fired in this territory.

Do you know what that means?

That means the settlers can

come and work the mines,

without worrying about their families

winding up on some Apaches' poles.

This country can live in peace again.

There is one thing I've

learned out here, sir,

and that's never

to trust an Apache.

Well, I never have and I never

will, treaty or no treaty.

You got a good record, Lieutenant,

militarily speaking.

You're a good soldier, fought well,

but there's another side to you,

I have never known a man who hated

Indians any harder than you do.

You're the only officer on the post,

that never took a prisoner.

You've got more Apaches killed

than the whole company of men.

- Where is Jonas?

- I sent him back to his own unit.

What? What?!

You counter ended an order of mine!?

If you ever dare to do that again,

I will court-martial you.

Now find Jonas.

Bring him here.

Yes, sir.

Come in... Both of you.

Shut the door.

You know each other,

you soldiered together.

Two men from entirely different

worlds. Yet both Americans.

For 15 years I've been trying to bring peace

between the peoples of your two worlds.

In the final analysis, I guess

it depends on the individual.

Now you two will go to Fort Yuma!

And if there's any trouble,

I'll hang you both.

Come in...

I didn't mean to intrude you, Gen. Crook.

I just wanted to say good night.

You haven't Miss Crown, just some

army business, it's over and done with.

Oh, this is Lieutenant Ben

Keegan. Miss Melanie Crown.

- How do you do, Lieutenant.

- How do you do?

Lieutenant Keegan will command

the column to Fort Yuma.

- I see.

- Miss Crown will travel with you

she' going to the fort to establish

a school for the children.

Miss Crown is a missionary.

My pleasure, Sister.

Thank you, brother.

- I haven't met this gentleman.

- Forgive me, this is Sergeant Jonas Arabia,

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Danny Arnold

Danny Arnold (January 23, 1925 – August 19, 1995) was an American producer, writer, comedian, actor and director known for producing Barney Miller, That Girl and Bewitched. more…

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