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Tumbleweed (1953 film)

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Directed by Nathan Juran
Produced by Ross Hunter
Written by John Meredyth Lucas
Based on novel Three Were Renegades by Kenneth Perkins
Starring Audie Murphy
Lee Van Cleef
Cinematography Russell Metty
Distributed by Universal-International
Release dates
  • December 1953
Running time
79 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Tumbleweed is a 1953 American western film about a horse of the same name, directed by Nathan Juran and starring Audie Murphy, Lori Nelson, Chill Wills, Roy Roberts, Russell Johnson, K.T. Stevens, Madge Meredith, and Lee Van Cleef. It was also known by the alternative title of Three Were Renegades; the title of the 1937 novel Three Were Thoroughbreds by Kenneth Taylor Perkins[1] the film was based on which had been previously filmed as the 1948 filmRelentless.[2]


Jim Harvey (Audie Murphy) is a guide and guard on a wagon train. After he saves the life of a Yaqui Indian warrior, Tigre, the wagon train is attacked and Harvey realises their only chance of survival is if he can negotiate a truce with Tigre’s father, the chief Aguila (Ralph Moody). Aguila orders Harvey to be knocked out, and tortured later, but he is set free by Tigre’s mother. He goes to town and discovers the people on the wagon train were massacred, except for two sisters who Harvey insisted hide in the caves. Harvey is falsely accused of cowardice and the townsfolk threaten to lynch him.[3] Harvey escapes on a borrowed horse named Tumbleweed, and tries to prove his innocence, discovering that a white man was responsible for the attack. It is the horse’s intelligence and instinct that save Harvey, and Murphy’s interaction with the horse, that drive much of the storyline. [4]



  1. Jump up^ http://thepassingtramp.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/a-life-of-crime-kenneth-taylor-perkins.html
  2. Jump up^ p.95 Herzberg, Bob Hang ‘Em High: Law and Disorder in Western Films and Literature McFarland, 28 Aug. 2013
  3. Jump up^ Tumbleweed at Audie Murphy Memorial Site
  4. Jump up^ Nott, Robert (2005). Last of the Cowboy Heroes: The Westerns of Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Audie Murphy. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-7864-2261-6.

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