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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 revolvers employed by many of the characters all date from after the American Civil War (1861-1865). The film is set between the Battle of the Alamo (February/March 1836) and the Battle of San Jacinto (April, 1836). See more »

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General Sam Houston: I have just received a dispatch that Santa Anna has captured San Antonio. Colonel Travis, with less than 200 men, has withdrawn across the river to the Alamo to prepare for its defense. At the moment, that is the only military force between the Mexican army and the Sabine River... and those men need help!
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Clearing His Name
29 November 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Glenn Ford plays the title role in The Man From The Alamo which probably should be better titled The Man Who Left The Alamo. Don't worry, Glenn had good and sufficient cause for doing so.

Ford is one of the men who was there at the mission fort at San Antonio De Bexar when word is received of some renegade Texans raiding some of ranches up where Ford and his family have settled. He and three others draw lots to see who goes out of The Alamo to check on their families. Ford gets the short straw and when William B. Travis played by Arthur Space draws his famous line in the sand, Ford is the only one who opts out of the fight.

Of course when Ford arrives he finds his and the other families dead at the hands of renegade Victory Jory and his band who are in league with Santa Anna. After that it's a struggle to clear his good name and alert others to the dangers of Jory's band.

The Man From The Alamo is a short, but action packed western. Budd Boetticher got good performances out of his cast which besides those mentioned include Julie Adams. Hugh O'Brian, Neville Brand, and Chill Wills who as we all know was in John Wayne's blockbuster film on the same subject.

The film is very similar to a lot of the westerns that Boetticher did with Randolph Scott and I wouldn't be surprised if the film wasn't created with Randy in mind originally for the lead. If it was, Glenn Ford was more than adequate in the part.

Western fans and other fans will not be disappointed.


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