Only the Valiant (1951)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Richard Lance
Cathy Eversham
Cpl. Timothy Gilchrist
Lt. William Holloway
Trooper Kebussyan (as Lon Chaney)
Sgt. Ben Murdock
Joe Harmony
Warner Anderson ...
Trooper Rutledge
Steve Brodie ...
Trooper Onstot
Dan Riss ...
Lt. Jerry Winters
Terry Kilburn ...
Trooper Saxton
Herbert Heyes ...
Col. Drumm
Art Baker ...
Capt. Jennings
Hugh Sanders ...
Capt. Eversham


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 <>

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GREGORY PECK, AS CAPTAIN LANCE, WHO GAVE FORT INVINCIBLE ITS NAME! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

13 April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bis zum letzten Atemzug  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Gary Cooper was originally intended for the lead role. See more »


A time line was never developed. Since there was ongoing trouble between the Sgt. and one of the troopers who was formerly a rebel soldier, this had to take place during the Civil war or just after. They do mention that the Gatling gun was just developed, which would make it during the Civil war. All the troopers are carrying Winchester rifles and Colt single action army revolvers, not manufactured until the 1870's. The song, 'Little Brown Jug', is heard and it was written in 1869. See more »


Referenced in L'important c'est d'aimer (1975) See more »


Little Brown Jug
Written by Joseph Winner
Played by a harmonica player in the barracks
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Excellent western, men defend fort, outnumbered by Indians.
20 July 2002 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Gregory Peck and Gig Young are competing for the same girl and after Peck sends Young on a very dangerous mission, they blame him for his reasons. Feeling guilty, Peck goes on an almost impossible task of defending a fort, where they are outnumbered by the Indians. Peck chooses for this mission soldiers which he considers to be the scum of the earth and the actors that play these soldiers, Ward Bond, Lon Chaney Jr., Neville Brand among others, are excellent. The script is derived from a novel by Charles Marquis Warren who was a specialist in westerns, as a writer, director and producer. The idea of using this type of men as heroes inspired many films that came out later including "The Dirty Dozen" made in 1967.

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