Broken Arrow Overview:

Broken Arrow (1950) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Delmer Daves and produced by Julian Blaustein.


Interesting depiction of diplomacy with the Indians in the frontier West focuses on the relationship between cavalry scout Stewart and Apache chief Cochise (Chandler). The scout's attempts to head off an Indian war are complicated by his love affair with an Indian woman. Winner of Golden Globe for Special Achievements.

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Academy Awards 1950 --- Ceremony Number 23 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorJeff ChandlerNominated
Best CinematographyErnest PalmerNominated
Best WritingAlbert MaltzNominated

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Broken Arrow ( 1950 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jul 27, 2023 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

The Legends of Western Cinema Blogathon is taking place this week celebrating great Western films, television series, and stars of Westerns. Our choice for this event is a review of the classic James Stewart western Broken Arrow, released in 1950. This was the first dramatic western that James Stewa... Read full article

Broken Arrow (1950)

By Beatrice on Jul 3, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Broken Arrow Directed by Delmer Daves Written by “Michael Blankfort” (front for Albert Maltz) based on the novel “Blood Brother” by Elliott Arnold 1950/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation First viewing/Netflix rental This film reminded me a lot of Dances with Wolves... Read full article

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Quotes from

Cochise: You know what I am thinking? Maybe someday you will kill me, or I will kill you. But we will not spit on each other.

Tom Jeffords: The story started when I saw some buzzards circling in the sky. The buzzard is a smart bird. Something or somebody was getting ready to die. I figured it was a hurt deer or a rabbit or a snake.
[Jeffords spots a wounded Apache youth staggering in a ravine]
Tom Jeffords: Not a rabbit, not a deer... his kind was more dangerous than a snake. He was an Apache. For ten years we'd been on a savage war with his people - a bloody, no-give-no-take war.

Gen. Oliver 'The Christian General' Howard: The Bible I read preaches brotherhood for all of God's children.
Tom Jeffords: Suppose their skins weren't white. Are they still God's children?
Gen. Oliver 'The Christian General' Howard: My Bible says nothing about the pigmentation of their skin.

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Facts about

The film was considered groundbreaking at the time because it portrayed the Native American Indians in a humane light, something that had scarcely happened since silent days. However, years later the film was heavily criticized because the Indians were still played by white actors.
Filmed in 1949 but released after Stewart's next western, Winchester '73.
At 41, James Stewart was 25 years older than Debra Paget, who was barely 16 at the time of filming.
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