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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 Battle of the Alamo was fought in 1836, but John Stroud is wearing a Stetson-type cowboy hat that wasn't even invented until 1865. It is more in appearance to the cowboy hats of the 1880s or 1890s. Many of the townspeople in Franklin are wearing clothes that are more appropriate to that period, also, rather than the mid-1830s. See more »

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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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Excellent western from the master of tight action
3 December 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Glenn Ford plays the only survivor of the Alamo -- not a very popular man in Texas. Of course, the story gives him a good excuse -- he drew lots with some other Alamo soldiers to see who would go west to defend their homes from Texan bandits hired by the Mexicans, but the families were already dead when he gets there -- but nobody wants to believe him, except one lovely woman on the wagon train he sets out to defend. Only problem is his strategy of siding with the bandits to get into their confidence puts him in a nearly impossible situation.

A well-made film, with convincing action and gritty characters. Unlike other Boetticher westerns, here the scale of the film is "epic" as the future of the West hangs in the balance. Ford makes a surprisingly good substitute for Randolph Scott or John Wayne.


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