Ten Who Dared

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Ten Who Dared (1960 Movie)

“Ten Who Dared” is a Disney adventure film released in 1960. The movie is based on the true story of John Wesley Powell’s expedition through the uncharted canyons of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon in the late 19th century.

The film follows the journey of the ten men who volunteered to join Powell’s dangerous expedition. Led by Powell (played by Brian Keith), the group sets out on a daring and treacherous exploration of the Colorado River in a series of wooden boats.

As they navigate the raging rapids and steep canyons, the group faces numerous challenges and life-threatening situations. They encounter hostile Native American tribes, struggle with limited food supplies, and must navigate the dangerous rapids of the Colorado River.

Throughout the expedition, the characters show courage, determination, and camaraderie as they push the limits of exploration and face the untamed wilderness. The film captures the spirit of adventure and the thrill of exploration as the men attempt to conquer the unknown.

“Ten Who Dared” showcases the beauty and grandeur of the American Southwest, with breathtaking cinematography highlighting the stunning landscapes of the canyons and the majestic Colorado River. The film also features impressive special effects to recreate the treacherous river journey.

The movie is part of Disney’s live-action adventure film series, which aimed to bring thrilling and inspiring stories to audiences. It embodies the adventurous spirit and exploration themes that were common in many Disney films of that era.

While “Ten Who Dared” may not be as well-known as some of Disney’s other classic films, it remains a significant part of Disney’s film history. It celebrates the pioneering spirit of early American explorers and reminds audiences of the courage and resilience needed to overcome great challenges.

Today, “Ten Who Dared” is still appreciated by fans of adventure and historical films, offering a glimpse into the real-life struggles and triumphs of early American explorers and the indomitable spirit of human exploration.

Additional Details


  • Brian Keith: William “Bill” Dunn
  • John Beal: Major John Wesley Powell
  • James Drury: Walter Powell
  • R.G. Armstrong: Oramel Howland
  • Ben Johnson: George Bradley
  • L.Q. Jones: Billy “Missouri” Hawkins
  • Dan Sheridan: Jack Sumner
  • David Stollery: Andrew “Andy” Hall
  • Stan Jones: Seneca Howland
  • David Frankham: Frank Goodman
  • Pat Hogan: Indian Chief
  • Ray Walker: McSpadden
  • Jack Bighead: Ashtishkel
  • Roy Barcroft: Jim Baker
  • Dawn Little Sky: Indian Woman
  • Chickie: Jarvie the Dog


  • Director: William Beaudine
  • Producer: Walt Disney and ames Algar
  • Music: Oliver Wallace

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