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Frank S. Nugent (screenplay)
James Warner Bellah (suggested by the story "Massacre")
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Release Date:
14 June 1948 (Brazil) See more »
John Ford's Masterpiece of the Frontier!
At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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One of the Best See more (72 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Capt. Kirby York

Henry Fonda ... Lt. Col. Owen Thursday

Shirley Temple ... Philadelphia Thursday

Pedro Armendáriz ... Sgt. Beaufort (as Pedro Armendariz)

Ward Bond ... Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke

George O'Brien ... Capt. Sam Collingwood

Victor McLaglen ... Sgt. Festus Mulcahy

Anna Lee ... Mrs. Emily Collingwood

Irene Rich ... Mrs. Mary O'Rourke
Dick Foran ... Sgt. Quincannon
Guy Kibbee ... Capt. Dr. Wilkens
Grant Withers ... Silas Meacham
Jack Pennick ... Sgt. Daniel Schattuck
Ray Hyke ... Lt. Gates

Movita ... Guadalupe
Miguel Inclán ... Cochise (as Miguel Inclan)
Mary Gordon ... Ma (barmaid)
Philip Kieffer ... Cavalryman (as Philip Keiffer)

Mae Marsh ... Mrs. Gates

Hank Worden ... Southern Recruit

John Agar ... 2nd Lt. Michael Shannon O'Rourke
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cliff Clark ... Stage Driver (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... Newspaperman (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... Fen - Stage Guard (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Reporter (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... Cpl. Derice (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Soldier (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... NCO at Dance (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Officer at Dance (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Tom O'Feeney (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Ford 
Writing credits
Frank S. Nugent (screenplay)

James Warner Bellah (suggested by the story "Massacre")

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer (uncredited)
John Ford .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Richard Hageman (musical score)
Cinematography by
Archie Stout 
William H. Clothier (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Jack Murray 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Production Management
William Forsyth .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Bernard McEveety .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lowell J. Farrell .... assistant director (as Lowell Farrell)
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director (uncredited)
Frank Parmenter .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Pennick .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack Colconda .... properties (as Jack Galconda)
Joseph Kish .... set dressings
Robert Clark .... foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joseph I. Kane .... sound
Frank Webster .... sound
Special Effects by
Dave Koehler .... special effects
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
Frank Baker .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Carson .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Ben Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands .... stunts (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Fitzgerald .... camera operator (uncredited)
Carl Gibson .... grip (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
D.R.O. Hatswell .... costume researcher
Michael Meyers .... wardrobe: men
Ann Peck .... wardrobe: ladies
Music Department
Lucien Cailliet .... conductor
Lucien Cailliet .... music arranger
Morton Downey .... playback singer
Other crew
Katherine Cliffton .... research editor
Merian C. Cooper .... presenter
John Ford .... presenter
Philip Kieffer .... technical advisor (as Major Philip Kieffer USA Rtd.)
Katharine Spaatz .... technical advisor
Kenny Williams .... dance sequences
Sid Davis .... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
James Green .... set doctor (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... aerial liaison (uncredited)
Robert Nielson .... set doctor (uncredited)
Jack Pennick .... executive assistant (uncredited)
Charles Quesnel .... auditor (uncredited)
Meta Stern .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Tom Wood .... assistant publicist (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
125 min | West Germany:84 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1948) | Norway:16 (1948) | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2002) | Spain:T | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating) (1985) (1999) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #12829) | West Germany:6 (nf)

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Film debut of John Agar.See more »
Continuity: During the dance in the Sergeants Mess, when the dancers are coming round in front of the camera in fours, one of the dancers curtsies, but none of the other women do this. They had already done so in a previous shot and obviously the woman must have been confused.See more »
Captain Yorke:Lt. O'Rourke, follow me.
2nd Lt. Michael O'Rourke:But, the troop, sir...
Captain Yorke:Don't argue. Mulcahy, take over.
2nd Lt. Michael O'Rourke:Captain Yorke, I refuse...
First Sgt. Festus Mulcahy:Get outta here, ya skirt! Or I'll put ya across me knee and belt the pants off'ya! Get out now!
[O'Rourke rides after Yorke as the troopers start laughing]
First Sgt. Festus Mulcahy:As you were, men!
[Draws his sabre]
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best, 26 July 2004
Author: garp15-1 from Kansas City

This is one of my top 3-4 movies made by the Duke. It gets better each time I watch it, and I watch it nearly every time it's on. If you haven't seen a restored version, you'll be amazed at the cinematography. Absolutely gorgeous. I don't think it would have been improved in color, as one of the earlier comments said.

The final scene reminds me of "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" as well. In "Valance", at the end of the movie, the newspaperman says upon learning who DID shoot Liberty Valance, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." The same thing happens in Fort Apache, when the newspaper reporters talk about a famous painting of Col. Thursday's bold charge into the face of the enemy, when it was anything but the truth.

One hell of a movie that should be viewed by anyone who likes great entertainment.

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