Yuma
GenreWestern
Written byCharles A. Wallace
Directed byTed Post
StarringClint Walker
Music byGeorge Duning
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
ProducerAaron Spelling
CinematographyJohn M. Stephens
(as John Stephens)
EditorArt Seid
Running time74 minutes
Production companiesABC Circle Films
Aaron Spelling Productions
Original release
NetworkABC
ReleaseMarch 2, 1971 (1971-03-02)

Yuma is a 1971 American Western television film directed by Ted Post and starring Clint Walker in the lead role. It was shot in Old Tucson. The film was originally a television pilot that appeared on the ABC Movie of the Week.[1]

Plot

Dave Harmon (Clint Walker), a former lieutenant in the U.S. Army is sent to Yuma as the territory's new U.S. Marshal. His wife was raped, and son killed and the only description of the criminals responsible was they were wearing army uniforms. Harmon subsequently became a Marshal and took postings near several army posts to conduct his own investigation. Yuma is a city with an army post commanded by Major Lucas (Peter Mark Richman) and an Indian reservation nearby.

Harmon's first day has him immediately encounter two drunk criminals, the King brothers, who have just hijacked and robbed a stagecoach outside of town. Harmon sets about dealing with the brothers, arresting and jailing one for theft and killing the other in self-defense at the town saloon after provoking him into drawing his gun.

The second brother is subsequently shot in the back using a gun from the Marshal's office during a nighttime jail break organized by Sanders (Robert Phillips), a corrupt agent of the local freight company baron (Barry Sullivan), in an effort to get the third King brother, an honest cattleman (Morgan Woodward), to kill the Marshal.

The murderer also has the Major's subordinate, Captain White (John Kerr), assist him to the crime, as the freight owner, Sanders, and the Captain are all involved in an ongoing scheme to defraud the Indians out of cattle they need for food that is due them in accordance with a treaty.

The only witness to the break-in is Andres, a Mexican orphan boy that had earlier been taken in by Harmon. He was asleep on the floor in the jail when awoken by the noise of the break-in but only manages to see the boots of the killers - one pair being the distinct U.S. Cavalry boots worn by Captain White (this clue would later give Harmon the lead to investigate at the nearby army post).

The third King brother rides into town and demands justice. He gives Harmon time to find the murderer but promises to take his vengeance if he fails. Harmon, showing no fear, but only a desire to do his official duty, sets out to find the killer and unravel the related corruption involving the Indians, who also threaten to revolt, but come to his assistance as the story unfolds.

Cast

References

  1. ^ pp. 48-49 Karol, Michael The ABC Movie of the Week Companion: A Loving Tribute to the Classic Series iUniverse, 2008
Films directed by Ted Post