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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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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
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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
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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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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:

Rio de la muerte  »

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$183,849 (estimated)
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Trivia

According to Marie Windsor, an executive from Lippert Pictures arrived on the set and announced that the film had run out of money.The production team tore out several pages out of the script, thus eliminating certain scenes from the finished film. 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 »

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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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Remade as Desert Hell (1958) See more »

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More than just western drama
20 November 1999 | by (Picciyunne Ga.) – See all my reviews

This is the story of a small band of cavalry, out to warn General Custer of the tremendous number of indians arrayed against him. While it offers fine drama and action there is much more going on here--Duty, Honor, Country: and how each man in the patrol comes to grips with his responsibility as a soldier. This should be MUST viewing for anyone contemplating enlistment in the Army!


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