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The Man from the Alamo (1953)

Approved | | Western | 1953 (UK)
During the war for Texas independence, one man leaves the Alamo before the end (chosen by lot to help others' families) but is too late to accomplish his mission, and is branded a coward. ... See full summary »

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During the war for Texas independence, one man leaves the Alamo before the end (chosen by lot to help others' families) but is too late to accomplish his mission, and is branded a coward. Since he cannot now expose a gang of turncoats, he infiltrates them instead. Can he save a wagon train of refugees from Wade's Guerillas? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Out Of Texas' Bravest Hour... Came The Man They Called The Coward

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Opening credits: The story of Texas symbolizes the spirit of independence so close to the heart of all Americans. Her people fought for Mexico's freedom from Spain and lived peacefully as a separate province until... ... General Santa Anna seized the presidency of Mexico. They were then faced with the prospect of military government or war. General Sam Houston was entrusted with the task of mapping a course of action that would determine the future of Texas .... See more »

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The one-armed man as he exits the river at the last scenes of the movie reveals his hidden arm in the back of his pants. See more »

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[Reb is complaining about being cooped up in the Alamo]
John Stroud: If you get tired of it here, why don't you walk out?
Reb: I think the biggest mistake I ever made was when I walked in.
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4 August 2010 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Drawing straws (or in this case beans) Texas patriot Glenn Ford is picked to leave the Alamo in order to evacuate his and his neighbor's families, only to find them all dead at the hands of marauders and himself branded a coward.

Starting with a fairly colorful, low-budget Alamo siege (shot on a sound-stage!), this is pretty compelling all the way, with an excellent, hard-boiled performance from Ford and nice direction from the great Budd Boetticher, one of the best unsung western filmmakers ever.

This is almost as good as Boetticher's later collaborations with Randolph Scott. My only problem is that this wasn't shot in widescreen.

As far as the supporting cast goes, Chill Wills is always fun to watch, while the incredibly beautiful Julie Adams is always fun to look at, and Neville Brand delivers some great, macho, swaggering villainy that easily overshadows the more subdued Victor Jory.

On the other hand, I can't quite understand the Golden Globe win by Hugh O'Brian. He's okay, but slightly bland as Ford's main accuser.


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