Yellowstone Kelly

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In 1870s, in the Sioux territory south of the Missouri, trapper and Indian scout Luther Yellowstone Kelly is hired by the army at Fort Buford but runs into trouble with the Sioux.

ACTORS :  Clint Walker, Edd Byrnes, John Russell

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1959

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A fur-trapper named Kelly, who once saved the life of a Sioux chief, is allowed to set his traps in Sioux territory during the late 1870s. Reluctantly he takes on a tenderfoot assistant named Anse and together they give shelter to a runaway Arapaho woman. Tensions develop when Anse falls in love with this woman and when the Sioux chief arrives with his warriors to re-claim her.

Colorful western is a hidden gem

Warner Brothers came up with a winner in this film of a fur trader who finds himself caught in the middle of a cavalry-Indian just wants to run his trap lines in Montana high country but proposed treaty-breaking by the government poses the threat of an Indian uprising. The film dwells a bit on a sub plot that has Kelly saving an Indian maiden’s life as well as playing wet nurse to a tenderfoot who seeks to win the trapper’s friendship and respect. There is a fine battle scene between the soldiers and the Indians, one of the best of its type and is the film’s high point. John Russell, Ray Danton and Claude Akins are among the cast names that contribute greatly to fine story. Andra Martin is striking as the Arapahoe girl and a point of contention between Kelly and the Sioux warriors. Edd Byrnes is okay as Kelly’s young helper. Outstanding camera work and music score make this forgotten western one of the genre’s best pictures.

Unpretentious, good western

When the Clint Walker westerns showed up in the late fifties, they had to compete with the traditional actors like John Wayne, James Stewart, Randolph Scott, Audie Murphy, etc… No doubt it was hard to be a newcomer, with those guys there. That’s why I missed his films, but the long wait gave me the thrill of seeing “Yellowstone Kelly” now, when westerns are so few, and we have seen most of the old ones. An unpretentious film, but with a top director, Gordon Douglas, an excellent script by Burt Kennedy, good actors like Edd Byrnes, Ray Danton, Andra Martin, Claude Atkins, and a great performance by John Russel as the chief Gall. It is a plain western story, with a sensual romance between Clint and Andra Martin, where they barely touch each other, but Wahleeah (Andra Martin) is very specific about ” who looked at her” and “who she looked at” (guess!). The scenery, the music, and the action scenes, also help to place what would otherwise be a conventional routine western, one step higher.

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