Rose of Cimarron (film)

Rose of Cimarron is a 1952 Cinecolor Western produced by Edward L. Alperson for 20th Century Fox. Despite the title, it has nothing to do with Rose Dunn the actual "Rose of Cimarron". The film is a revenge Western with a twist: the protagonist is a woman raised by the Cherokee avenging her parents who were murdered by whites.

Rose of Cimarron
Original film poster
Directed byHarry Keller
Produced byEdward L. Alperson
Written byMaurice Geraghty
StarringMala Powers
Jack Beutel
Bill Williams
Music byRaoul Kraushaar
Edward L. Alperson Jr.
Mort Glickman
CinematographyKarl Struss
Edited byArthur Roberts
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • January 28, 1952 (1952-01-28)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States


When a covered wagon heading for California is attacked by Comanche, the only survivor is a baby girl. A young Cherokee brave finds her and brings her to his parents where she is raised as a Cherokee but with intimate knowledge of the language and customs of white Americans. She is named Rose of Cimarron after a mountain lion.

Rose's pleasant life ends when a sheriff's posse arrives at her adopted parents' ranch. They are searching for three bank robbers and ask Lone Eagle's advice of which route would take the bank robbers out of the badlands. Rose and her brother Willie know the area due to their trapping and guide the sheriff and his men there. As soon as they leave the three bank robbers come ouf of hiding and demand Lone Eagle and his wife sell or trade fresh horses to them. When they refuse they murder the both of them.

Rose straps on a pair of six guns and a knife to avenge her parents. Though she has not witnessed the murders she can identify the horses the killers have stolen, a skewbald, a palomino and a sorrel. Arriving in town Rose demands the town marshal apprehend and hang the murderers. The marshal offers to perform his duty within the law but advises Rose that sometimes even the law can fail. Rose promises that if the law fails, she won't.

Rose acquires a room in a boarding house without realising the man who offers it to her, George Newcombe is one of the murderers. With the law taking its time Rose identifies two of the murderers by their mounts. When she questions them the two move away but she draws her six-guns and shoots them dead. Despite the plea of self-defence, Rose is locked up where she meets Deacon an elderly criminal with a plan for a bullion robbery. George and his new accomplices free Deacon and Rose from jail. On the trail escaping from the law, Rose and George gradually discover each is out to kill the other.


Mala Powers ... Rose of Cimarron
Jack Buetel ... Marshal Hollister
Bill Williams ... George Newcomb
Jim Davis ... Willie Whitewater
Dick Curtis ... Clem Dawley
Lane Bradford ... Mike Finch
William Phipps ... Jeb Dawley
Bob Steele ... Rio
Alex Gerry ... Judge Kirby
Lillian Bronson ... Emmy Anders
Art Smith ... Deacon
Monte Blue ... Lone Eagle
Argentina Brunetti ... Red Fawn
Irving Bacon ... Sheriff
Tom Monroe ... Townsman
George Chandler ... Deputy Sheriff
John Doucette ... Henchman
Tommy Cook ... Willie, as a Boy
William Schallert ... Gold Bullion Guard
Wade Crosby ... Henchman
Kenneth MacDonald ... Posse Sheriff
Byron Foulger ... Townsman


Both Mala Powers and Jack Buetel were borrowed from Howard Hughes who had both under a personal contract. Outdoor scenes were filmed in Topanga Canyon.[1]

Though she had only ever ridden ponies and fired cap pistols, Powers was convincingly trained for several weeks in riding at the Ace Hudkins stables and in fast draws and weapons use by ace stuntmen Tom Steele and David Sharpe. The only scene she was doubled in was when stuntwoman Polly Burson climbed from a galloping horse onto a moving train.[2]


All they have for us is a quick trial, a brief verdict and a short rope - Deacon


  2. Fitzgerald, Mike Mala Powers Interview in Ladies of the Western: Interviews With 25 Actresses from the Silent Era to the Television Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s McFarland, 30/10/2009
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