The Great Sioux Uprising


The Great Sioux Uprising is a 1953 American Western film directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring Jeff Chandler, Faith Domergue and Lyle Bettger.

The Great Sioux Uprising
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Directed byLloyd Bacon
Written byMelvin Levy
Story byJ. Robert Bren
Glady Atwater
Produced byAlbert J. Cohen
StarringJeff Chandler
Faith Domergue
Lyle Bettger
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Edited byEdward Curtiss
Color processTechnicolor
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 23, 1953 (1953-06-23) (Chicago, Illinois)
  • July 17, 1953 (1953-07-17) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.35 million (US)[1]


During the Civil War, in Wyoming, horse dealers Joan Britton (Faith Domergue) and Stephen Cook (Lyle Bettger) are competing to supply the Union Army with horses. A Cherokee, Stan Watie, is in the area to stir up the Sioux against the Union just as Cook decides to steal a herd of Sioux horses. Ex-army doctor Jonathan Westgate (Jeff Chandler) opposes Cook's unscrupulous methods as well as being Cook's rival for the affections of Joan. It seems Westgate is the only one able to prevent a new Indian war.



In 1952 Jeff Chandler signed a new contract with Universal which doubled his salary. The Great Sioux Uprising was the first film under the new agreement.[2] Alexis Smith and Stephen McNally were meant to co star with Chandler.[3] Eventually Smith was replaced by Faith Domergue.[4] McNally's wife then fell ill and he asked to withdraw from the film; he was replaced by Lyle Bettger.[5] Filming took place in Portland and Pendleton, Oregon.[6]


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  2. ^ "FILM UNIT OPPOSES FOREIGN VENTURES: A.F.L. Council Opens Campaign to Halt Cheaper Production Abroad by U. S. Studios". New York Times. July 10, 1952. p. 27.
  3. ^ "U.-I. SELECTS CAST FOR NEW PICTURE: Alexis Smith, Stephen McNally and Jeff Chandler to Star in 'Sioux Uprising'". New York Times. July 26, 1952. p. 9.
  4. ^ THOMAS M. PRYOR (Sep 10, 1952). "ROGERS JR. AGREES TO DO SECOND FILM: Will Star at Warners in 'Boy From Oklahoma' – Wyman Set for New Role at Columbia". New York Times. p. 34.
  5. ^ THOMAS M. PRYOR (Sep 22, 1952). "MARTA TOREN FLIES TO ROME FOR FILM: She Will Co-Star With Italian Actor in 'Life of Puccini,' to Be Produced in Color". New York Times. p. 19.
  6. ^ "The Great Sioux Uprising (1953)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved May 4, 2018.

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