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The Man from the Alamo (1953)

Approved | | Western | 21 August 1953 (USA)
During the Alamo siege, John Stroud is sent to Ox Bow to protect the townsfolk but, following a massacre, he infiltrates Jess Wade's gang of turncoat renegades supporting the Mexicans.



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Complete credited cast:
Beth Anders (as Julia Adams)
John Daheim ...
Cavish (as John Day)
Myra Marsh ...
Kate Lamar
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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Release Date:

21 August 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann vom Alamo  »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,150,000, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chill Wills (who plays John Gage in this film) was also in "The Alamo" (1960) playing Beekeeper. See more »


San Antonio, the location of the Alamo, is 200 miles BY CAR from Franklin, Texas, the setting of the film. On horseback that journey would take at least a week on horseback, especially considering the dearth of roads in that era. Much of the action in the film would not be possible given the time constraints caused by this distance.

Equally, the Houston area ( the location of the film's pivotal San Jacinto gathering of troops by Sam Houston) is roughly 150 miles and at least 2-3 days travel on horseback making some elements of the film improbable, if not impossible. See more »


Davy Crockett: What did he say, Colonel?
Lt. Col. Travis: He just said if we don't walk out of here right now with our hands in the air, we won't walk out at all.
Billings: What are you going to tell him, sir?
Lt. Col. Travis: Is this cannon loaded?
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fast moving, colorful Boetticher western

Glenn Ford is fighting at the Alamo and he is chosen among friends to go out and save their families. Hugh O'Brian also has to leave on an official mission. Just after Ford leaves, the Alamo falls, and he is branded a coward, especially by O'Brian, who does not know the real reason Ford left. Very good story,about the individual standing up against a collective prejudice, co-written by Niven Busch (Duel in the Sun, Pursued, The Westerner) and directed by Budd Boetticher, who in later years directed many westerns with Randolph Scott. This film is full of action, very good music and scenery. Boetticher shows his special touch when there is a shootout with plenty of strategy involved.

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