Pillars of the Sky

1956

Pillars of the Sky

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Pillars of the Sky is the lyrical title bestowed upon this cinemadaptation of Will Henry's novel Frontier Fury. Jeff Chandler stars as Sgt. Emmett Bell, whose job it is to put down an Indian uprising. Since converting to Christanity, the local tribe has done its best to keep the peace. But Chief Kamiakan (Michael Ansara), understandably angered over an impending government plan to build a road through his territory, intends to break that peace, despite the strenuously pacifistic efforts of missionary Joseph Holden (Ward Bond). A subplot involves a romantic triangle between Bell, Calla Gaxton (Dorothy Malone), and Calla's husband Tom (Keith Andes), Bell's superior officer. Magnificently photographed in Technicolor, Pillars of the Sky is a better-than-average Universal oater. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Jeff Chandler
as 1st Sgt. Emmett Bell
Dorothy Malone
as Calla Gaxton
Lee Marvin
as Sgt. Lloyd Carracart
Keith Andes
as Capt. Tom Gaxton
Ward Bond
as Dr. Joseph Holden
Sydney Chaplin
as Timothy, Indian Scout
Willis Bouchey
as Col. Edson Stedlow
Michael Ansara
as Kamiakin Indian Chief
Olive Carey
as Mrs. Anne Avery
Charles Horvath
as Sgt. Dutch Williams
Glen Kramer
as Lt. Winston
Floyd Simmons
as Lt. Hammond
Pat Hogan
as Jacob
Walter Coy
as Maj. Donahue
Alberto Morin
as Sgt. Major Desmonde
Frank de Kova
as Zachariah
Terry Wilson
as Capt. Fanning
Philip Kieffer
as Maj. Randall
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