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Fort Yuma
Directed by Lesley Selander
Produced by Howard W. Koch
Aubrey Schenck
Screenplay by Danny Arnold
Story by Danny Arnold
Starring Peter Graves
Joan Vohs
John Hudson
Joan Taylor
Music by Paul Dunlap
Cinematography Gordon Avil
Edited byJohn F. Schreyer
Bel-Air Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • October 4, 1955 (1955-10-04) (United States)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States

Fort Yuma is a 1955 Technicolor Western film directed by Lesley Selander starring Peter Graves, Joan Vohs, John Hudson and Joan Taylor


When word reaches a U.S. Cavalry command that an Apache chief's son is planning an attack on Fort Yuma, a column of soldiers led by Lt. Ben Keegan is sent to deliver ammunition and supplies. Keegan has a longstanding hatred of the Indians and even resents that his chief scout, Sgt. Jonas, is an Apache himself.

Accompanying them is missionary Melanie Crown, an educated and enlightened woman from the East who despises prejudice and strongly believes everyone can live together in harmony, and the sergeant's sister, Francesca, whose mutual attraction with Keegan is complicated, considering his views.

The company is attacked, its soldiers being picked off one by one until only the two officers and two women remain alive. Apaches steal the dead soldiers' uniforms and intend to approach the fort in disguise. Fighting off two Apache attackers, Keegan kills one and hangs the other, against the appeals of the others.

Francesca is killed, dying in Keegan's arms, which brings about a change in his attitudes. He and the others reach the fort just as the disguised Apaches' real identities are discovered. A fierce battle, saber vs. knife, ensues between Keegan and the Apache chief's son, man to man. Keegan survives and experiences remorse for his beliefs, while Melanie and Jonas intend to set an example for the others how to co-exist in peace.


The film was edited before release with many violent scenes being excised. [1]

The film was originally denied a seal from the Production Code Administration. Geoffrey Shurlock told producer Howard W. Koch that it contained "sadism and excessive gruesomeness". To get a seal, Koch reduced the number of killings from 24 to 10. Removed were scenes where a man is spread-eagled and torn apart by horses; an arrow impaling a hand to wood; and a scene depicting the bodies of hanged Indians, swaying from tree limbs. [2]

Parts of the film were shot in Kanab movie fort, Kanab Creek, and Kanab Canyon. [3]


See also


  1. ^ p. 142 Goldstein, Jeffrey H. Why We Watch: The Attractions of Violent Entertainment Oxford University Press, 1998
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  3. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN  9781423605874.


  • Langman, Larry & Borg, Ed Encyclopedia of American War Films Garland Publ., 1989
  • Wetta, Frank Joseph & Curley, Stephen J. Celluloid Wars: A Guide to Film and the American Experience of War Greenwood Publishing Group, 01/01/1992

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