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Frontier Uprising (1961)

Approved | | Action, Romance, Western | February 1961 (USA)
A trail guide leading a wagon train to the West in the 1840s discovers that the U.S. and Mexico are at war.

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writers:

George Bruce (story "Kit Carson"), Orville H. Hampton (screenplay) (as Owen Harris)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jim Davis ... Jim Stockton (as James Davis)
Nancy Hadley Nancy Hadley ... Consuela Montalvo
Ken Mayer ... Beaver McBride
Nestor Paiva ... Don Carlos Montalvo
Don Kelly ... Lt. Kilpatrick (as Don O'Kelly)
Stuart Randall ... Ben Wright
Eugene Iglesias ... Lt. Ruiz
John Marshall John Marshall ... Gen. Torena
David Renard ... Lopez
Tudor Owen ... Charley Bridger
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Augustina
Addison Richards ... Cmdr. Kimball
Herman Rudin Herman Rudin ... Chief Taztay
Jan Arvan ... Toyon
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Storyline

In about as close to a swipe as possible from 1940's "Kit Carson" with Jon Hall, and no accident since George Bruce wrote both, frontier scout Jim Stockton agrees to lead a wagon trail to Mexico-owned California, but is not aware that Mexico has declared war on the U.S., or that General Torena has formed an alliance with Chief Taztay. While the audience is waiting for some actor they ever heard of to show up besides Jim Davis, Taztay attacks the wagon train but is driven off. Jim follows and encounters Mexican-army Lieutenant Ruiz and they duel sword (Ruiz) against firearm (Stockton) and Stockton wins while setting up the line in "The Enforcers" about a dummy who brings a knife to a gun fight. Good loser Ruiz tells Stockton about the war. The wagon train arrives at Monterey as General Torena's forces attack the garrison. Outnumbered, Commander Kimball agrees to let Stockton dynamite the fort rather than allow it to fall to the Mexicans. Turns out to be a good plan as the loud ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Attack on the Oregon Trail!


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zwischen den Fronten See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The battle between the Shoshone and the U.S. cavalry troops riding into an ambush in the Medicine Rock boxed canyon uses footage recycled from the film 'Davy Crockett, Indian Scout' (1950). In that film the same footage is used to depict a battle between Kiowa and U.S. cavalry troops attempting to cross the mountains through the Manitou Pass. See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes place in California in the 1840s, and an effort was made to have American and Mexican soldiers wear the appropriate uniforms of the time, the civilians are wearing the familiar Stetson-type cowboy hats, vests, boots and other clothing that can be seen in any western set in the 1880s-1890s Southwest, which weren't worn in the California of the 1840s. See more »

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Cut down Kit
17 April 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If this film does look familiar to you it's because the subject was done for a big budget independent film from United Artists twenty years earlier. Jim Davis's Jim Stockton is standing in for Jon Hall's Kit Carson from the original film. Kit Carson doesn't hold up very well today and this one even less so. Watching Frontier Uprising I was certain I had seen some of the footage before.

Things are reaching a boil between Mexico and the USA when Shoshone Indians attack Jim Davis and a group of Mountain Men making their way to Fort Bridger to sell their pelts. They've got rifles this time because the Mexicans have given them some. As we know giving rifles or selling rifles to Indians is a frontier no-no. But the Mexicans want to keep those Yankee settlers out of their sparsely held northern area and the much richer sea coast of California.

That's where Davis and two of his Mountain Men sidekicks, Ken Renard and David Mayer come in. They sign on as guides for a wagon train going west and some army troopers come along as well led by Lieutenant Don Kelly. Kelly and Davis start panting hot and heavy for Senorita Nancy Hadley going west to be reunited with her father Nestor Paiva.

I didn't that highly of Kit Carson and I think less highly of Frontier Uprising. Action fans will like it though.


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