Tumbleweed (film)

Tumbleweed is a 1953 Technicolor Western film directed by Nathan Juran and starring Audie Murphy, Lori Nelson, and Chill Wills. It was also known by the alternative title of Three Were Renegades; the title of the 1937 novel Three Were Thoroughbreds by Kenneth Taylor Perkins[1] the film was based on (which had been previously filmed as the 1948 film Relentless).[2]

Directed byNathan Juran
Produced byRoss Hunter
Written byJohn Meredyth Lucas
Based onnovel Three Were Renegades by Kenneth Perkins
StarringAudie Murphy
Lori Nelson
Chill Wills
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byVirgil W. Vogel
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 1953 (1953-12) (United States)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States


Jim Harvey (Audie Murphy) is a guide and guard on a wagon train. After he saves the life of a Yaqui Indian warrior, Tigre, the wagon train is attacked and Harvey realises their only chance of survival is if he can negotiate a truce with Tigre's father, the chief Aguila (Ralph Moody). Aguila orders Harvey to be knocked out, and tortured later, but he is set free by Tigre's mother. He goes to town and discovers the people on the wagon train were massacred, except for two sisters who Harvey insisted hide in the caves. Harvey is falsely accused of cowardice and the townsfolk threaten to lynch him.[3] Harvey escapes on a borrowed horse named Tumbleweed, and tries to prove his innocence, discovering that a white man was responsible for the attack. It is the horse's intelligence and instinct that save Harvey, and Murphy's interaction with the horse, that drive much of the storyline. [4]


See also


  1. http://thepassingtramp.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/a-life-of-crime-kenneth-taylor-perkins.html
  2. p.95 Herzberg, Bob Hang 'Em High: Law and Disorder in Western Films and Literature McFarland, 28 Aug. 2013
  3. Tumbleweed at Audie Murphy Memorial Site
  4. Nott, Robert (2005). Last of the Cowboy Heroes: The Westerns of Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Audie Murphy. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-7864-2261-6.
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