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December 13, 2016

Episode 301: Run of the Arrow (1957)

Special Guests: Samantha Fuller, Christa Fuller, Paul Talbot
Guest Co-Hosts: Joseph Maddrey, Cullen Gallagher

Sam Fuller's Run of the Arrow (1957) tells the tale of O'Meara (Rod Steiger) the man who shot the last bullet of the Civil War. Disenfranchised by Reconstruction, he heads west to live with the Sioux (lead by Charles Bronson). Relevant in 1957 when the U.S. was tearing itself apart over Civil Rights, the film is still as relevant in today's tumultuous times.

Filmmaker Samantha Fuller discusses A Fuller Life (2013), the documentary about her father's life, while Christa Fuller offers insight about the making of Run of the Arrow. Paul Talbot, author of Bronson's Loose!: The Making of the Death Wish Films, discusses Charles Bronson's career and the times he played Native Americans in film.

Joining Mike are film scholar Cullen Gallagher and Joseph Maddrey, author of The Quick, the Dead and the Revived: The Many Lives of the Western Film.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy Run of the Arrow on DVD
Buy A Fuller Life on DVD
Buy Bronson's Loose!: The Making of the Death Wish Films by Paul Talbot
Buy Bronson's Loose Again! On the Set with Charles Bronson by Paul Talbot
Buy The Quick, the Dead and the Revived: The Many Lives of the Western Film by Joseph Maddrey
Read a review of the Warner Archive disc
Read The Essentials: The 5 Best Sam Fuller Films

"The End of the Story" - Victor Young
"The Blue and the Grey" - Victor Young
"The Purple Hills" - Victor Young
"Ghost Riders in the Sky" - Vaughn Monroe


A Fuller Life Trailer from Samantha Fuller on Vimeo.


  1. Re THE KLANSMAN: Fuller did write a script, but he left the project pretty early, though he did retain a co-credit. Probably wishes that he didn't, considering the end result -- When looking for a copy, pretty much all the cheap discs available are of the television cut - so far, the only way to locate an uncut version is the VHS.

    MONDO MANDINGO is an incredible book! And certainly worth a show of its own, or maybe a double feature of MANDINGO/DRUM...

  2. Wow, this was a terrible movie. Laughable dialogue, world-class overacting and a story with all the subtlety of a scalping.