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The Man from the Alamo (1953)

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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. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Beth Anders (as Julia Adams)
John Daheim ...
Cavish (as John Day)
Myra Marsh ...
Marc Cavell ...
Carlos (as Mark Cavell)
Edward Norris ...


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 <>

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




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24 August 1953 (Sweden)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Jess Wade: The Alamo? What were you doing there in the first place?
John Stroud: Well, what would you do there if the whole Mexican army...
Jess Wade: That wasn't what I asked.
John Stroud: That's the answer you're going to get.
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a ferocious western with an ethical bite
4 June 2005 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

By chance, June clouds threatening, I sat down and watched this entertaining western on a Saturday afternoon. An earlier commentator ended his praise for this film by noting that it is "an excellent western for a Saturday afternoon." And it was. The ethical dilemma of leaving a field of battle (in this case the Alamo)to try and save the lives of loved ones is a powerful theme. The repercussions to John Stroud, Ford's weary but stalwart character, are scorn, accusations of cowardice and worse. The best part of the film are the sweeping shots of the Texas plains. The movie is well-composed, capturing the majestic plains and hills with a strength of purpose that demands an emotional response. One of the early films of Jeanne Cooper, who is a favorite of mine.

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