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Only the Valiant (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 13 April 1951 (USA)
A despised cavalry commander is unfairly blamed by his troop for the death of a popular officer and must redeem himself in front of his men during an Indian attack on the fort.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. Richard Lance
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Cathy Eversham
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Cpl. Timothy Gilchrist
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Lt. William Holloway
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Trooper Kebussyan (as Lon Chaney)
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Sgt. Ben Murdock
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Joe Harmony
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Trooper Rutledge
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Trooper Onstot
Dan Riss ...
Lt. Jerry Winters
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Trooper Saxton
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Col. Drumm
Art Baker ...
Capt. Jennings
Hugh Sanders ...
Capt. Eversham
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Tucsos
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Capt. Richard Lance is unjustly held responsible, by his men and girlfriend, for an Indian massacre death of beloved Lt. Holloway. Holloway is killed while escorting a dangerous Indian chief to another fort's prison. The chief escapes. Knowing their fort is in danger of Indian attack, Lance takes a small group of army misfits to an abandoned nearby army fort to defend a mountain pass against the oncoming Indian assault. Their mission is to stall for time until reinforcements from another fort arrive. The men in this small group of malcontents, deserters, psychopaths and cowards all hate Capt. Lance and wish him dead. Much to their chagrin, the men recognize that Lance's survival instincts, military knowledge and leadership are the only chance the group has of staying alive. Written by E.W. DesMarais <jlongst@aol.com>

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THEY WERE SIX AND THEY FOUGHT LIKE SIX HUNDRED! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Adventure | Western

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Fort Invincible  »

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Trivia

Gregory Peck said this was his least favorite of all his movies. He regarded the film as a potboiler and a step backwards for his career after starring in The Gunfighter (1950). See more »

Goofs

During the the last gun fight, Gilchrist takes an arrow in the right shoulder and falls. The next scene shows the Captain helping Gilchrist, but now the arrow is in his left shoulder. And in the next scene the wound is in the right shoulder again. See more »

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Referenced in That Most Important Thing: Love (1975) See more »

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Little Brown Jug
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Written by Joseph Winner
Played by a harmonica player in the barracks
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Extremely violent for the time.
3 February 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA.) – See all my reviews

I saw this film twice, both by accident. It is one of those movies that only gets shown at 3:00 am because it is so intense. After seeing this you can understand why John Huston picked Gregory Peck to play Captain Ahab in his version of "Moby Dick". This is a character you can only hate until he redeems himself. The Indians are a serious force of nature whose periodic attacks you fear because the aftermath of each one is so bloody you cringe instinctively which is why I am glad the movie is in Black and White. Gordon Douglas, who also directed one of the greatest monster movies of all time, "THEM", really understands the art of building tension and the pain of violence. Lon Chaney Jr's character goes through some of the same sadistically disturbing drama that Gene Hackman went through when his character was shot in "Bonnie and Clyde". A real nail-biter.


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