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Red Tomahawk (1967)

An army captain tries to convince the inhabitants of a village to hand him over two machine-guns so he can attack the indians.


R.G. Springsteen


Steve Fisher (screenplay), Andrew Craddock (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Keel ... Capt. Tom York
Joan Caulfield ... Dakota Lil McCoy
Broderick Crawford ... Columbus Smith
Scott Brady ... Ep Wyatt
Wendell Corey ... Sy Elkins
Richard Arlen ... Deadwood Telegrapher
Tom Drake ... Bill Kane
Tracy Olsen Tracy Olsen ... Sal
Ben Cooper ... Lt. Drake
Don 'Red' Barry ... Bly - Deserter (as Donald Barry)
Regis Parton ... Prospector #3 (as Reg Parton)
Gerald Jann Gerald Jann ... Wu Sing
Roy Jenson ... Prospector #2
Dan White ... Ned Crone
Henry Wills ... Samuels


Captain Tom York is dispatched to contact General Custer at Little Big Horn. There he finds the massacred 7th Cavalry and thousands of Sioux roaming the Black Hills. He rushes to warn the other regiments heading for Custer's location but needs to find a telegraph office in the nearest town. That town is Deadwood. The townsfolk seem oblivious to Custer's fate and to the fact that thousands of Sioux are coming their way. The telegraph is out of order and the locals mistake Captain York for a deserter. After a friend, Ep Wyatt, vouches for him, the misunderstanding is cleared up. York gets wind that big man Columbus Smith, whom York had a fistfight with, has a pair of Gatling Guns hidden nearby. When York and Ep Wyatt approach Smith, he reveals that saloon beauty and roulette dealer Dakota Lil McCoy actually owns the guns. In the saloon, Lil initially denies having Gatling Guns but eventually relents to the demands to surrender the guns at Captain York's request. The captain figures that... Written by nufs68

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The Red Tomahawk strikes and the prairie blazes with the West's worst massacre! (original poster) See more »


Action | Drama | War | Western


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Release Date:

1 January 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der blutige Westen See more »

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Production Co:

A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Producer A.C. Lyles stated in later years that Paramount costume designer Edith Head would pull clothing from Paramount wardrobe stock for his low-budget films off the record as a favor to him since he could not afford her salary on his tiny budgets. In the case of Red Tomahawk, Head advised A.C. Lyles that she would have her seamstresses in the wardrobe department who were not busy at the time make up new period clothing for Betty Hutton since she already had Hutton's measurements from her heyday in Paramount films from the 1940s and early 1950s. These costumes were to keep the seamstresses busy during a lull in productions at Paramount and replace old wardrobe stock. In this fashion, A.C. Lyles would not be financially responsible for the new clothing items being made off the record for Betty Hutton who was to make her return to the screen with this western. See more »

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