A highly fictionalized account of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point in 1857 to his death at the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. He has little ... See full summary »
Olivia de Havilland,
Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from Confederate Prison and is set to Virginia City in Nevada. Once there he finds that the former commander of his prison Vance Irby is planning to send $5 million in gold to save the Confederacy.
Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.
The story of Jeb Stuart, his romance with Kit Carson Holliday, friendship with George Custer and battles against John Brown in the days leading up to the outbreak of the American Civil War. Written by
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »
Throughout this pre-Civil War film, characters shoot at one another with 1873 model Colt pistols. See more »
Kit Carson Holliday:
Jeb, I'm frightened. That boy is crippled for life. And that man on the train, he died for a principle. A man killed for a principle. One of them is wrong, but which one?
James Ewell Brown 'Jeb' Stuart:
Who knows the answer to that, Kit. Everybody in America is trying to decide.
Kit Carson Holliday:
Yes, by words from the east, and by guns from the west. But one day, the words will turn into guns.
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Opening card: "1854, THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY, WEST POINT When the gray cradle of the American Army was only a small garrison with few cadets, but under a brilliant Commandant, named Robert E. Lee it was already building for the defense of a newly-won nation in a new world." See more »
Wow! Who could imagine such a film exists! Completely messed up on so many accounts.
The film depicts the U.S. Army's many attempts to stop abolitionist John Brown as he uses his violent tactics to stop pro-slavery forces across the U.S. and to free slaves.
Okay, at first a historical docu-drama sounds like a good enough effort to make. And, sure the technical aspects are fine, although the film print is suffering from the passage of time, and what can be seen on Turner Classic Movies today is a flickery, desaturated print.
But, as for the rest, wow! You expect the usual racist depictions of African-Americans as mumbling simpletons. You expect the depiction of anti-slavery advocates as evil and unpatriotic. But, the extent to which this film does it defies belief!
Yes, John Brown was a violent man who was wrong to use his terrorist methods. But, come on! Raymond Massey depicts the guy as a wild-eyed whacko, literally! Who would follow this guy?
And, of course, we have Errol Flynn as Jeb Stuart. He is depicted as the usual mucho macho hero fighting the bad guy du jour. Ronald Reagan is on hand as the slightly conflicted George Custer, who at least has qualms about stopping all anti-slavery forces. And, lovely Olivia DeHavilland, who at first expresses concerns for the conflicts over slavery to come, turns into proclaiming to Errol with blood lust, "Kill John Brown!"
And, last but not least, we have slaves who ACTUALLY say they rather stay enslaved than live in the conflicted Kansas of the story! As Borat would say: "Niiiiiiiiice!"
Man, what were any of these people thinking?! Mind bending stuff. Like I said, who could imagine that a film like this exists. Just messed up in every way you can think! Still can't believe people like Flynn, DeHavilland and director Michael Curtiz actually made this thing.
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