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Apache Drums (1951) was a Western - Drama Film directed by Hugo Fregonese and produced by Val Lewton.

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By Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 31, 2019 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

While doing research on Val Lewton for the post I wrote on the new Shout Factory Blu-ray of THE BODY SNATCHER, I discovered that the last film he produced before his untimely death at age 46 was a Western for Universal called APACHE DRUMS in 1951. The movie just so happened to be available for free ... Read full article

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Sam Leeds: I like your notion, Reverend, that Apaches are just evils the Lord created to try honest men. I'm saved! I'm not an honest man.

Rev. Griffin: Sam Leeds and I have fought together - we saw death ride up to us. I feel I know this man - there's good in him - the kind of good that will help the town you love so much, Joe Madden.

Rev. Griffin: If I live to bury Joe Madden, I'll say only four words over his grave: This was a man.

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The "Apache" Indians are actually lifeguards from the beach at Santa Monica, California, painted with full body paint and made up to look like Apaches. Director Hugo Fregonese and producer Val Lewton wanted the Apaches to do a lot of leaping from high windows, off of roofs, etc., and the film's budget precluded hiring stuntmen to play the Apaches. They decided to hire the lifeguards because of their athleticism and, more importantly, the fact that they didn't have to get stuntmen's pay.
Final film of producer Val Lewton.
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