Film: Broken Arrow (1950)

Broken Arrow is a western Technicolor film released in 1950. It was directed by Delmer Daves and starred Jimmy Stewart and Jeff Chandler. The film won a Golden Globe award for Best Film Promoting International Understanding, making history as the first major Western since the Second World War to side with the Native Americans.

The story is a fictionalized account of events involving are Cochise and Tom Jeffords. Jeffords is responsible for mail delivery in the Arizona Territory in 1862. When Apache raiding parties shoot up some of his mail couriers, he rides alone to the camp of Cochise to parley for their safe passage. This act of bravery so impresses the chief that he becomes friend and blood brother to Jeffords. Their friendship tested and relied on in ending the decade-long Apache war.

The film was a success and inspired several similar Westerns through the '50s, including Devil's Doorway and Run of the Arrow. It also led to a TV series of the same name, starring Michael Ansara as Cochise.

Not to be confused with the 1996 John Woo film.
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