🎥 Yuma – 1971

The Story …

Dave Harmon (Clint Walker), a former lieutenant in the U.S. Army is sent to Yuma as the territory’s new U.S. Marshal.

His wife was raped, and son killed and the only description of the criminals responsible was they were wearing army uniforms.

Harmon subsequently became a Marshal and took postings near several army posts to conduct his own investigation. Yuma is a city with an army post commanded by Major Lucas (Peter Mark Richman) and an Indian reservation nearby …

Harmon’s first day has him immediately encounter two drunk criminals, the King brothers, who have just hijacked and robbed a stagecoach outside of town.

Harmon sets about dealing with the brothers, arresting and jailing one for theft and killing the other in self-defence at the town saloon after provoking him into drawing his gun.

The second brother is subsequently shot in the back using a gun from the Marshal’s office during a nighttime jail break organised by Sanders (Robert Phillips), a corrupt agent of the local freight company baron (Barry Sullivan), in an effort to get the third King brother, an honest cattleman (Morgan Woodward), to kill the Marshal.

The murderer also has the Major’s subordinate, Captain White (John Kerr), assist him in the crime, as the freight owner, Sanders, and the Captain are all involved in an ongoing scheme to defraud the Indians out of cattle they need for food that is due them in accordance with a treaty.

The only witness to the break-in is Andres, a Mexican orphan boy who had earlier been taken in by Harmon. He was asleep on the floor in the jail when awoken by the noise of the break-in but only manages to see the boots of the killers – one pair being the distinct U.S. Cavalry boots worn by Captain White (this clue would later give Harmon the lead to investigate at the nearby army post).

The third King brother rides into town and demands justice. He gives Harmon time to find the murderer but promises to take his vengeance if he fails.

Harmon, showing no fear, but only a desire to do his official duty, sets out to find the killer and unravel the related corruption involving the Indians, who also threaten to revolt, but come to his assistance as the story unfolds.

Credits :

  • Written by Charles A.Wallace
  • Directed by Ted Post
  • Music by George Duning
  • Production Producer : Aaron Spelling
  • Cinematography : John M.Stephens
  • Editor : Art Seid
  • Production Company :
    Aaron Spelling Productions
  • Release Date : March 2, 1971

Cast :

  • Clint Walker as U.S. Marshal Dave Harmon
  • Barry Sullivan as Nels Decker, freight company owner
  • Kathryn Hays as Julie Williams, the hotel owner
  • Edgar Buchanan as Mules McNeil, a competing freight company owner
  • Morgan Woodward as Arch King, cattleman
  • John Kerr as Captain White
  • Peter Mark Richman as Major Lucas
  • Bing Russell as Rol King
  • Robert Phillips as Sanders
  • Miguel Alejandro as Andres, a Mexican orphan boy hired by Harmon to work in the jail

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