As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.
United States of America
John Wayne (Ethan Edwards), Jeffrey Hunter (Martin Pawley), Vera Miles (Laurie Jorgensen), Natalie Wood (Debbie Edwards (older)), Ward Bond (Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton), John Qualen (Lars Jorgensen), Olive Carey (Mrs. Jorgensen) more..., Henry Brandon (Chief Cicatrice (Scar)), Ken Curtis (Charlie McCorry), Harry Carey, Jr. (Brad Jorgensen), Antonio Moreno (Emilio Gabriel Fernandez y Figueroa), Hank Worden (Mose Harper), Beulah Archuletta (Wild Goose Flying in the Night Sky (Look)), Walter Coy (Aaron Edwards), Dorothy Jordan (Martha Edwards), Pippa Scott (Lucy Edwards), Patrick Wayne (Lt. Greenhill), Lana Wood (Debbie Edwards (younger)), Mae Marsh (Dark Cloaked Woman at Fort Guarding Deranged Woman (uncredited)), Ruth Clifford (Deranged Woman at Fort (uncredited))
Alan LeMay (Novel), Frank S. Nugent (Screenplay), C.V. Whitney (Producer), Merian C. Cooper (Executive Producer), Patrick Ford (Producer), Max Steiner (Original Music Composer), Winton C. Hoch (Director of Photography) more..., Jack Murray (Editor), James Basevi (Art Direction), Frank Hotaling (Art Direction), Victor A. Gangelin (Set Decoration), Charles Arrico (Costume Design), Web Overlander (Makeup Artist), Fae M. Smith (Hairdresser), Jack Obringer (Makeup Artist), Hugh McDowell Jr. (Sound Designer), Howard Wilson (Sound Designer), Robert Rhea (Assistant Camera), Vera Tomei (Hairstylist),
C.V. Whitney Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures
** spoiler alert ** When he finally finds her Ethan Edwards decides not to kill his niece Debbie. Instead he picks her up and says: "Let's go home, Debbie."
Ethan Edwards is looking at the indians in their camp at night.
Ethan Edwards and the men find de dead cows thinking they were killed by the indians they are looking for.