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4 December 1953 (USA) See more »
M.G.M.s Great Romance Excitingly photographed in Ansco Color.
During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Indians and the pursuing Union troops. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Capt. Roper

Eleanor Parker ... Carla Forester

John Forsythe ... Capt. John Marsh

William Demarest ... Campbell

William Campbell ... Cabot Young

Polly Bergen ... Alice Owens

Richard Anderson ... Lt. Beecher
Carl Benton Reid ... Col. Owens
John Lupton ... Bailey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard P. Beedle ... Confederate Lieutenant (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Confederate Prisoner (uncredited)
Roy Bucko ... Barfly (uncredited)
Harry Cheshire ... Chaplain (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Sims (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Jones (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Mescalero Indian (uncredited)
Eloise Hardt ... Girl (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Corporal bugler (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Barfly (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Confederate Prisoner (uncredited)
Forrest Lewis ... Dr. Miller (uncredited)
Frank Matts ... Kiowa Indian Scout (uncredited)

Howard McNear ... Watson (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Confederate Prisoner (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Sgt. Chavez (uncredited)
William Newell ... Symore (uncredited)
Phil Rich ... Barman (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
Milan Smith ... Mescalero Indian (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... Eilota (uncredited)

Glenn Strange ... Sgt. Compton (uncredited)
Valerie Vernon ... Girl in Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
Writing credits
Frank Fenton (screenplay)

Phillip Rock (story) and
Michael Pate (story)

Produced by
Nicholas Nayfack .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Alexander 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Boemler 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Brown 
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst  (as Ralph Hurst)
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose (costumes: women)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arvid Griffen .... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Kendrick Kinney .... sound (uncredited)
Finn Ulback .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Michael Dugan .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Matts .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Pitti .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant
Music Department
Jeff Alexander .... conductor (uncredited)
Will Beitel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Fort Bravo" - USA (closing credits title)
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99 min
Color (Anscocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1954) | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #16569) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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This was planned to be filmed in 3D, but was eventually filmed in 2D, the first feature to employ spherical Panavision lenses.See more »
Continuity: Capt. Roper is in a gunfight in Death Valley and is shot in the left shoulder. When riding into town his right arm is in a sling.See more »
Capt. Roper:When you're in the grave, Beecher, it doesn't matter too much how you got there.
Lt. Beecher:Well, I think it matters. I think it does.
Capt. Roper:Write the War Department.
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A colorful cavalry-Indian western, 26 May 2003
Author: NewEnglandPat from Virginia

This beautiful film is another action western about Union and Confederate soldiers at a western outpost whose task is to hold the territory for the Union, prevent rebel defections, and fight Indians. A pretty rebel sympathizer uses her charms to effect an escape of Confederate officers and the hunt is on. William Holden and Eleanor Parker play off one another well in this tug of war and wills with John Forsythe hovering as an interested party. The film has exciting cavalry-Indian battle scenes, and the second clash is particularly novel in its execution because it is done by Indians. A craven rebel soldier proves to be the unlikely hero at the wind up. The picture was filmed largely in Death Valley and is striking in its great visual beauty.

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