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Apache Uprising
Western, Favorite

1965 | 4:3 | Color | Quality: Excellent

Rory Calhoun, DeForrest Kelley, Arthur Honeycutt, Corinne Calvet, John Russell, Lon Chaney, Jr., Johnny Mack Brown


Jim Walker (Calhoun) and Bill Gibson (Arthur Hunnicutt) are suddenly attacked by Apache warriors! They manage to fight their way out and discover among the Indian dead souvenirs the Apache took off recent attacks on the US Cavalry. They soon meet up with some soldiers (led by Richard Arlen) and inform them of what they found. To their amazement, no one seems to believe them, thinking Walker and Gibson are over-blowing the problem. And so, the local stage heads out anyway even with the possibility of crazed Indians waiting to attack. Walker and Gibson agree to go along on the stage to help protect the passengers. Unfortunately, a super-crazy hired gun (DeForrest Kelley) is on board, and he's a born troublemaker. He and Walker are on a collision course at first sight. Things go sideways when the gunman, his friend, and his boss suddenly take everyone hostage. Now, the folks might not need to worry about the Apache... except yes, they do! The warlike Indians are out there! What's next? See the film and find out yourself!

"Apache Uprising" (1965) is number 6 of 13 A. C. Lyles' famous "Geezer Westerns" which were shot in about 12 days, give or take, using past-their-prime actors mixed with a couple up-and-comers. They were shot on standing town sets with a few sequences done in the nearby wilderness of SoCal. A fantastic cast is here for this one, which includes Rory Calhoun, Arthur Honeycutt, Corinne Calvet, John Russell, Lon Chaney, Jr., Johnny Mack Brown... and for all that star power, it is DeForrest Kelley, who would go on to fame with Star Trek the next year, that absolutely steals the show with his manic performance as an all around lunatic stage robber; no self control whatsoever! Toby Jack Saunders is as far from Dr. McCoy as you can get. He's reminiscent of the outlaw that Kelley played in The Law and Jake Wade. He's one hateful punk with some serious self esteem issues. The movie runs 1 hour, 30 minutes, and was shot at the famous Vasquez Rocks, just north of Hollywood in the high country east of Santa Clarita, with studio stuff done at Paramount Studios and some stock footage from Arizona.

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