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||IMDB Rating: 5.7/10 from APPROVED votes
||Release: 01 May 1967 /
||Genre: Adventure, Romance, Western
||Director: William Witney,
||Stars: Adventure, Romance, Western
||Synopsis: The Apaches are on the warpath and the Army must defend them. Murphy's mission is to get a shipment of rifles, but it's stolen by greedy white traders with the help of mutinous soldiers.
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40 GUNS TO APACHE PASS (1966) was the last starring western for war
hero-turned-western star Audie Murphy, who had ended his fruitful 15-year
association with Universal Pictures the previous year. Released by Columbia
Pictures, it turned out to be an unfitting send-off, undercut by an
extremely low budget, a talky script, and an undistinguished no-name cast
(aside from Murphy and screen vet Kenneth Tobey).
The plot might have made a good western had it been accorded a bigger
and a stronger cast. A beleaguered Arizona cavalry division harassed by
Cochise and his Apache warriors is expecting a shipment of repeating
which could mean the difference between life and death for Apache Wells, an
outpost housing the army and surviving settlers. The weapons become the
object of less-than-intense conflict involving the Cavalry, the Indians
later, a renegade group of army deserters. Murphy plays Captain Coburn, a
no-nonsense type who romances a settler's daughter (Laraine Stephens) and
agrees to take her two younger brothers (Michael Blodgett, Michael Burns)
into the undermanned regiment after their father is killed in an attack. A
display of cowardice by the youngest brother (Burns) has dire consequences,
resulting in a meandering subplot requiring his redemption.
The production values here are far less polished than one would find in a
typical TV western of the time, such as "Wagon Train" or "The Virginian."
The no-name performers overact and are given reams of unnecessary dialogue
in order to pad out the film's running time. Frequent narration tells us
things we can see for ourselves. Most of the film was shot at
ordinary-looking Southern California ranch locations. All this is
disappointing given the participation of director William Witney, a
action specialist at Republic Pictures, who'd been directing for 30 years
Things pick up, however, in the film's final third when Corporal Bodine
(Kenneth Tobey), a vengeful ex-sergeant with a grudge against Murphy,
decides he has other plans for the 40 rifles and convinces four of the
remaining soldiers from the escort to accompany him. Murphy, who'd been
for dead, has to get the rifles back while Burns, the cowardly brother, has
to prove himself a man. This section of the film was shot in more remote
California locations which actually pass for Arizona and features a larger
band of Apaches on the prowl as Murphy undertakes a holding action,
a pass alone with a stack of fully loaded repeating rifles. Director
Witney's considerable expertise kicks in during this stretch and gives a
hint of what might have been. Composer Richard LaSalle pumps things up with
a rousing, if clichéd, score
Audie Murphy only appeared in two more films, both little-seen. First was
the international thriller, TRUNK TO CAIRO (1966), directed by future
Films mogul Menahem Golan, while his final film was the Budd Boetticher
western, A TIME FOR DYING (1969), which Murphy produced and appeared in
briefly as Jesse James.
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