Dragoon Wells Massacre

Dragoon Wells Massacre is a 1957 American CinemaScope DeLuxe Color Western film directed by Harold D. Schuster starring Barry Sullivan, Dennis O'Keefe, Mona Freeman and Katy Jurado.[1]

Dragoon Wells Massacre
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarold D. Schuster
Produced byLindsley Parsons
Screenplay byWarren Douglas
Story byOliver Drake
StarringBarry Sullivan
Dennis O'Keefe
Mona Freeman
Katy Jurado
Music byPaul Dunlap
CinematographyWilliam H. Clothier
Edited byMaurice Wright
Lindsley Parsons Productions
Distributed byAllied Artists Pictures
Release date
  • April 28, 1957 (1957-04-28) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States


Wagons converge in the middle of nowhere. One is carrying Army captain Matt Riordan, the only survivor of an ambush by Chief Yellow Claw and his Apache braves. Another is a prison wagon carrying accused killer Link Ferris and a second man, known as Tioga, to town for trial, escorted by Marshal Bill Haney.

A stagecoach turns up next, owned by Jonah McAdam and carrying Matt's former sweetheart, Ann Bradley, with her new beau, wealthy Philip Scott, as well as Mara Fay, an entertainer. The passengers are warned that Yellow Claw is in the area. Link and Tioga have their shackles removed so they can assist the others when the Apaches attack.

Matt discovers that McAdam is smuggling weapons to the Indians illegally. At a relay station, a young girl is the only one left after the Apaches have burned it to the ground. Ann looks after her while Tioga sacrifices his life to save the child. Matt falls in love with Mara and joins forces with Link to defeat the raiders. For his help, Link is granted his freedom by Haney. As he rides away, Link is followed by Ann.



Parts of the film were shot in Kanab Canyon, Johnson Canyon, the Gap, and the Kanab movie fort in Utah.[2]


Time Out called it "a highly enjoyable film, magnificently shot by William Clothier and with a surprisingly tight, inventive script by Warren Douglas ".[3]

Comic book adaption

See also


  1. Dragoon Wells Massacre at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
  3. "Dragoon Wells Massacre". Time Out. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  4. "Dell Four Color #815". Grand Comics Database.
  5. Dell Four Color #815 at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)

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