Walk the Proud Land

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Walk the Proud Land
Walk the Proud Land.jpg
Directed by Jesse Hibbs
Produced by Aaron Rosenberg
Written by Gil Doud
Jack Sher
Based on Apache Agent: The Story of John P. Clum by Woodworth Clum
Starring Audie Murphy
Anne Bancroft
Pat Crowley
Cinematography Harold Lipstein
Edited by Sherman Todd
Production
company
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • September 1956 (1956-09) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.5 million (US)[1]

Walk the Proud Land is a 1956 CinemaScope Technicolor Western film directed by Jesse Hibbs starring Audie Murphy and future Academy Award winner Anne Bancroft. It was filmed at Old Tucson.[2]

Plot[edit]

This is the true story of Indian agent John Clum (Audie Murphy) as told by Clum's son in the 1936 biography Apache Agent. The film begins in 1874, as Clum, an Eastern government representative, arrives in San Carlos, Arizona. He is sent to try a new approach to peace with Apaches based on respect for autonomy rather than submission to Army. He faces suspicions from the white settlers, the Army and the Indians, especially Geronimo.

An Indian widow, Tianay (Anne Bancroft) falls in love with Clum, despite the fact he is engaged to Mary Dennison (Pat Crowley). Clum is helped by his Irish American friend, Tom Sweeney (Charles Drake).

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The role of Mary Dennison, Clum's fiancee, was originally offered to Piper Laurie but she turned it down so she could study at the Actors Studio in New York. Pat Crowley was cast instead.[3]

The right to use the title "Walk the Proud Land" was obtained from Logan Forster, author of "Proud Land," a novel of the same genre.

Reception[edit]

The film was not a success at the box office, something attributed to the fact that Murphy played a pacifist rather than an action hero. This ended Murphy's plans to make his dream project, a biopic of painter Charles Marion Russell.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957
  2. ^ Walk the Proud Land at Audie Murphy Memorial Site
  3. ^ a b Richard Harland Smith, 'Walk the Proud Land', Turner Classic Movies accessed 15 June 2012

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