Siege at Red River
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRudolph Maté
Screenplay bySydney Boehm
Story byJ. Robert Bren
Gladys Atwater
Produced byLeonard Goldstein
StarringVan Johnson
Joanne Dru
Richard Boone
Milburn Stone
Jeff Morrow
Craig Hill
CinematographyEdward Cronjager
Edited byBetty Steinberg
Music byLionel Newman
Panoramic Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • May 1, 1954 (1954-05-01)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

Siege at Red River is a 1954 American Western film directed by Rudolph Maté and written by Sydney Boehm. The film stars Van Johnson, Joanne Dru, Richard Boone, Milburn Stone, Jeff Morrow, and Craig Hill. The film was released on May 1, 1954, by 20th Century Fox.[1][2][3]


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In Ohio in 1865, a Gatling gun is being transported by a Confederate Army officer in civilian clothes, calling himself Jim Farraday, and a sergeant, going by Benjy, to aid the Southern cause in the war. They come to the aid of a Rebel-hating Yankee nurse, Nora Curtis, whose wagon is stuck in the mud.

Stopping off in a town for supplies and information, Farraday falls under the suspicion of a Pinkerton detective, Frank Kelso, who has been assigned to locate the stolen Gatling gun. Behind her back, Farraday and Benjy smuggle the gun out of town in Nora's wagon.

A mercenary, Brett Manning, befriends the soldiers on the trail, then betrays them, shooting Benjy and stealing the gun. He sells it to tribal leader Chief Yellow Hawk, who uses it during an attack on a fort against soldiers, women and children. Farraday joins forces with Kelso to overcome Yellow Hawk's men and take the gun back, turning the battle in the fort's favor. Nora successfully argues that Kelso should reward Farraday by letting him go home to Georgia. Knowing that the war is nearly over, he allows Farraday to leave.



Parts of the film were shot in Professor Valley, Colorado River, Castle Valley and Dead Horse Point in Utah, as well as in Durango, Colorado.[4]


  1. ^ "Siege at Red River (1954) - Overview". Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  2. ^ H. H. T. (April 3, 1954). "Movie Review - The Siege at Red River - At the Globe". The New York Times. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "Siege at Red River". Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  4. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.