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Little Big Horn (1951)

A small band of cavalry attempt to warn Custer of an impending massacre. Friction develops when commander of the patrol suspects his subordinate of having an affair with his wife.

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Capt. Phillip Donlin
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Lt. John Haywood
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Celie Donlin
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Cpl. Doan Moylan
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Pvt. Danny Zecca
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Pvt. Al DeWalt
King Donovan ...
Pvt. James Corbo
Richard Emory ...
Pvt. Mitch Shovels
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Sgt. Vet McCloud
Robert Sherwood ...
Pvt. David Mason
Sheb Wooley ...
Quince
Larry Stewart ...
Bugler Stevie Williams
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Cpl. Arika (as Rod Redwing)
Dick Paxton ...
Pvt. Ralph Hall (as Richard Paxton)
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In 1876, during the Great Sioux Wars, U.S. Cavalry Capt. Phillip Donlin serves at Fort Abraham Lincoln in the Montana Territory. His duties take him away from his wife, Celie Donlin, who feels neglected and unhappy.She is having an affair with Lt. John Haywood, whom she tries to persuade to resign the army and run away with her.Unknown to them, her husband overhears their conversation and confronts them.Heartbroken, he leaves the next morning on another patrol.His latest mission is to arrive at Camp Yellowstone and warn General Custer and his meager forces numbering a few hundred men of the large buildup of Sioux forces gathering at the Little Big Horn River.During a stop at a watering hole, Capt. Donlin's patrol is reached by Lt. Haywood's unit and told to return to Fort Lincoln but the captain disregards the orders and decides to attempt to warn general Custer whose forces already left for Little Big Horn River. Written by nufs68

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The Blood-Chilling of the Savagery of the Indian Massacre that wrote the End of Gen. Custer and his Gallant Men! See more »

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15 June 1951 (USA)  »

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Rio de la muerte  »

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$183,849 (estimated)
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Writer Harold Shumate was originally slated to direct the film but screenwriter Charles Marquis Warren made his directing debut in this movie. See more »

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In the scene where Lt. Haywood is fighting with the Indian, it is easy to see they're using rubber knives. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Phillip Donlin: None of us are fit to ride 50 miles, let alone 250. But we're gonna do it. And we don't have time to go around obstacles. We'll go straight through them, no matter what or who they are.
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Remade as Desert Hell (1958) See more »

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Outstanding Film
8 January 2004 | by (Staten Island,New York) – See all my reviews

Viewed "Little Big Horn" tonight for the first time in over 40 years. Growing up in New York in the late 1950's and early sixties the movie stations to watch were Channel 9 (WOR) an Channel 11 (WPIX). Seems like after baseball or basketball practice or on weekends there was always a movie to watch on one of these stations.I remember quite well those which we always talked about the next day and would watch over and over. "Little Big Horn" was one that we watched over and over. Others were Yankee Doodle Dandy", "The Steel Helmet", and "The Great John L". Never understood then why we enjoyed these movies but we did. Watching "Little Big Horn" tonight told me why. A great story line and outstanding acting, pure and simple.Each character is developed and the story line never fails to surprise although the final outcome is known by every student of history. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie as much as I did 40 years ago except that I now have an understanding of why this particular movie has stood the test of time. Highly Recommended!


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