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Little Big Horn (1951)

 |  Western  |  15 June 1951 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Phillip Donlin
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Lt. John Haywood
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Celie Donlin
Reed Hadley ...
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Cpl. Doan Moylan
Wally Cassell ...
Pvt. Danny Zecca
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Pvt. Al DeWalt
King Donovan ...
Pvt. James Corbo
Richard Emory ...
Pvt. Mitch Shovels
John Pickard ...
Sgt. Vet McCloud
Robert Sherwood ...
Pvt. David Mason
Sheb Wooley ...
Quince
Larry Stewart ...
Bugler Stevie Williams
Rodd Redwing ...
Cpl. Arika (as Rod Redwing)
Dick Paxton ...
Pvt. Ralph Hall (as Richard Paxton)
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Storyline

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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For every one of the gallant few a woman waited - For every painted Sioux a BULLET! See more »

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15 June 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$183,849 (estimated)
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Trivia

Writer Harold Shumate was originally slated to direct the film but screenwriter Charles Marquis Warren made his directing debut in this movie. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Moylan: Why does anyone have to ride point?
Haywood: The Army works on the principle that it's better to sacrifice a few to many. It's hard to be one of those "few."
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fantastic , suspenseful, heroic
20 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film in over 40 years but I still remember it as if I saw it yesterday. I only wish I had a copy of it so I could enjoy viewing it over and over again. The stars , all gave great believable performances. The two leading men,Llyod Bridges and John Ireland both give strong portrayals and force you to wish both men would be saved from their fates. All lesser characters similarly make you concerned for their safety and well being. I especially think of Hugh O'Brien Pre Wyatt Earp T.V. star , who played the gambler who became a hero. This film has always been one of my favorites and I recommend it to anyone who is a film buff of any magnitude ,who wants to see how films should be made


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