Devil's Doorway


Devil's Doorway (1950)




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This unusual western follows the travails of a Shoshone Indian who wins the Congressional Medal of Honor for fighting in the Civil War and returns to his Wyoming home. There he finds trouble when he encounters an Indian-hating lawyer who allows homesteaders to settle on sacred Indian land.


Robert Taylor
as Lance Poole
Paula Raymond
as Orrie Masters
Louis Calhern
as Verne Coolan
Edgar Buchanan
as Zeke Carmody
Marshall Thompson
as Rod MacDougall
Rhys Williams
as Scotty MacDougall
Spring Byington
as Mrs. Masters
James Millican
as Ike Stapleton
Bruce Cowling
as Lt. Grimes
Fritz Leiber
as Mr. Poole
Harry Antrim
as Dr. C.O. MacQuillan
Chief John Big Tree
as Thundercloud
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Critic Reviews for Devil's Doorway

All Critics (4)

Mann in his first western is a good two decades ahead of the game

Aug 31, 2015 | Full Review…

Mann somehow creates a brutal tension simply from this visual presentation of themes, perhaps because the issues at stake here are so emotional.

Jun 10, 2011 | Full Review…

Bleak, bitter attack on racial discrimination.

Aug 9, 2007 | Full Review…

The film marked an important turning point in the growth of the Hollywood Western.

Nov 15, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Devil's Doorway

remarkably enlightened western for 1950 in spite of robert taylor's cheesy performance as an indian. he's a shoshone civil war hero who comes home to fight for his ancestral land...with a female attorney. naturally things don't go well. anthony mann called this the best script he ever read. i got sucked into this one lol

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