After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he's also required to take along Abby Allshard, ... See full summary »
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After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he's also required to take along Abby Allshard, wife of the Fort's commanding officer, and her niece, the pretty Olivia Dandridge, who are being evacuated for their own safety. Brittles is only a few days away from retirement and Olivia has caught the eye of two of the young officers in the Company, Lt. Flint Cohill and 2nd Lt. Ross Pennell. She's taken to wearing a yellow ribbon in her hair, a sign that she has a beau in the Cavalry, but refuses to say for whom she is wearing it. Written by
In the graveyard, one of the crosses carries the name "DeVoto", this is likely an homage to Bernard DeVoto, a prominent historian of the American West. See more »
When Sgt Tyree brings in the paymasters stage and the doctor is examining the Paymasters body, we see the doctors hat and bag on the ground next to the doctor. In the next shot, the doctor's hat is leaning against the doctors bag. See more »
[after the massacre at Sudrow's Wells]
You don't have to say it, Captain. I know all this is because of me; because I wanted to see the West; because I wasn't - I wasn't "Army" enough to stay the winter.
Captain Nathan Brittles:
You're not quite "Army" yet, miss... or you'd know never to apologize... it's a sign of weakness.
Yes, but this was your last patrol and I'm to blame for it.
Captain Nathan Brittles:
Only the man who commands can be blamed. It rests on me... mission failure!
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I got interested in seeing this film not because I like westerns (which I do) but because I read where this was a spectacular visual film.. Well, that it is, with some drop-dead gorgeous color in spots that looks super on VHS or DVD, the latter being better, of course. Director John Ford has some nice shots of his favorite locale, Monument Valley, along with other nice shots.
For a western, there isn't much action in this film. However, the beautiful colors and the magnetism of John Wayne, who dominates this film, still make it interesting. Victor McLaghlen adds some humor to the tale with with whiskey- drinking, hard-fighting Irishman role and Ben Johnson is good as the key scout.
I couldn't believe how young Johnson looked as I am used to seeing him as a grizzled veteran. In fact, I wouldn't have known it was him but for his distinct voice and accent. At any rate, I thought he was the best character in the film.
A good part of the story is about two guys - John Agar and Harry Carey Jr. fighting over Joanne Dru. That gets annoying after awhile and, after three looks at this movie, was a contributing factor in me trading this movie for another.
All in all, a "decent" western that those who don't like a lot of violence might like because there are no villains to hate and a surprising non-violent ending.
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