Fury at Furnace Creek
Fury at Furnace Creek Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byH. Bruce Humberstone
Written by
  • Charles G. Booth
  • Winston Miller
Story byDavid Garth
Produced byFred Kohlmar
CinematographyHarry Jackson
Edited byRobert L. Simpson
Music byDavid Raksin
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • April 30, 1948 (1948-04-30) (US)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

Fury at Furnace Creek is a 1948 American Western film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and starring Victor Mature, Coleen Gray, Glenn Langan, and Reginald Gardiner.[1]


Troops are massacred at a Furnace Creek fort in 1880 after an army captain, Walsh, cites orders forcing him to abandon a wagon train. Apache Indians hid inside the wagons to gain access to the fort.

General Blackwell is blamed for the incident and court-martialed. Denying that he sent any such order, the general has a stroke and dies on the witness stand. No written evidence of the order is presented.

One of his sons, Rufe, a captain from West Point, travels west to find out what happened. His brother, Cash, reads of their father's death in a Kansas City newspaper and also heads toward Furnace Creek in search of answers.

Using an alias, Cash learns that Capt. Walsh has become a drunkard. A mining boss, Leverett, is impressed by the stranger in town and hires him, not knowing Cash's real name or intent. Rufe arrives in town and also assumes a false identity.

Cafe waitress Molly Baxter, whose father was killed at the fort, still considers General Blackwell the man to blame. But the real villain is Leverett, who bribed Walsh and organized the Apache raid. A guilty conscience causes Walsh to write a confession. Leverett sends one of his henchmen to do away with Walsh, but the confession is found by Cash.

Rufe is framed, arrested and tried, but escapes. Cash gives him the confession and tells him to take it to the Army as proof. Wounded in a gunfight with Leverett but victorious, Cash recovers and reads in the paper about the proof of General Blackwell's innocence.


Promotional still for the film with Glenn Langan and Coleen Gray
Promotional still for the film with Glenn Langan and Coleen Gray


The film was originally called Ballad at Furnace Creek. Shooting took place near Kanab, Utah,[2] specifically, in Zion National Park. Virgin River, Springdale Johnson Canyon, Utah, as well as on the Arizona Strip.[3]: 288  Victor Mature's role was originally meant to be played by John Payne.[4]


  1. ^ "Fury at Furnace Creek". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Frank Daugherty Special to The (October 17, 1947). "Letter From Hollywood". Christian Science Monitor. p. 5.
  3. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: A history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
  4. ^ Thomas F. Brady (August 30, 1947). "The News of the Screen". New York Times. p. 9.