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


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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Chill Wills (who plays John Gage in this film) was also in "The Alamo" (1960) playing Beekeeper. See more »


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 »


Alamo Soldier: Never thought I live to see the day Johnny Stroud would turn yellow.
2nd Alamo Soldier: Who said he is?
Alamo Soldier: He's runnin' out, isn't he?
3rd Alamo Soldier: Did you ever figure it might take more nerve to leave than to stay?
4th Alamo Soldier: The worse that can happen to you is that somebody will say you died a hero. That man's going to called a coward the rest of his life.
Alamo Soldier: Then why's he leavin'?
2nd Alamo Soldier: We drew lots. Johnny always was unlucky.
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He's just an unlucky guy.
29 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the war for Texas independence heightens, the Alamo has become a critical point of time buying interest. Fearing their families will perish under the might of the marauding Mexican army, the men of the Alamo draw lots to see which one of them will flee the Alamo battle to steer the respective families out of harms way. John Stroud is the man faced with the task, but upon reaching his destinations he finds he's too late to save anyone. However, this is just the start of his worries as he finds he has been branded a coward for leaving the Alamo, where all have now perished; while his attempts to avenge the murder of his family are beset with problems at every turn.

In truth, no great shakes in the Western genre here, and certainly not even close to being amongst the better work of director Budd Boetticher (The Tall T & Comanche Station) or Glenn Ford (The Big Heat & Blackboard Jungle). It's also not high on production value and doesn't have location vitality to give it an earthy sheen, it still, however, manages to be an entertaining piece putting an interesting offshoot to the Alamo legend. Glenn Ford is a watchable star at the best of times and he manages to keep this picture afloat by putting a bit of cool bravado urgency into the role of John Stroud, with dashes of emotional fortitude, his relationship with the young, recently orphaned Carlos, gives the film its emotional weight, and when that sits alongside the usual array of shoot them up sequences it makes for good honest Western fare.

Of the supporting cast, Chill Wills and Neville Brand put in some fine work, while there has been far far worse female leads in this genre than the radiant Julie Adams. Of Boetticher's direction? It's just about adequate, where working within the confines of the lot and it's lowly budget origins, he manages to pull it thru; but in truth probably himself cringed at some of the final night time sequences in the cut. He of course, a couple of years down the line, would go on to direct some of the best genre pieces on the market, so he owes the genre fan very little all told. So good and bad here folks, with the good far outweighing the technically bad deficiencies on offer. But I mean come on now, if you can't enjoy Ford having a good old punch up on the brink of a waterfall? Well you're probably better off not watching a 50s B movie Western in the first place then. 6.5/10

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