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The Command (1954)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 13 February 1954 (USA)
An army doctor, with no combat experience, is forced to take command of a cavalry troop escorting a wagon train through hostile Indian country when the unit's commanding officer dies.

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Capt. Robert MacClaw
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Martha Cutting
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Sgt. Elliott
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Col. Janeway
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Pvt. Gottschalk
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Dr. Trent
Robert Nichols ...
2nd Lt. O'Hirons (as Bob Nichols)
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Just before dying from wounds received in a skirmish with Indians Capt. Forsythe orders his cavalry troop's doctor, Capt. Robert MacClaw, to take command. His men don't like it and think that Sgt. Elliott should have been put in temporary command until they reach the Fort. MacClaw admits he knows little of battle tactics but takes charge only with the promise that he will do the best he can. If anything, the men are embarrassed at having such an inexperienced man leading them and MacClaw agrees not to let on that he's a doctor. When they arrive at a staging post they are ordered by the Colonel in command of a group of infantry to escort a wagon train of settlers moving west. There may be smallpox among them however and MacClaw is caught between his promise to his men and the demands of Martha Cutting who is trying to deal with the epidemic. Written by garykmcd

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WILHELM SCREAM: As an Indian is shot off of his horse during the wagon convoy attack. See more »

Goofs

In 1876 the single-shot Springfield Model 45-70 1873 rifle was the standard US Army infantry rifle, as identified by Captain MacClaw when he picks up an abandoned one. The cavalry used a single-shot carbine version of the Springfield 1873. Yet the final battle sequences show both the infantry and the cavalry troopers exclusively using Winchester or Henry style lever action repeating rifles, even though these weapons were never Army issue. See more »

Quotes

Martha Cutting: You hate being a soldier and you hate killing. Yet you do it.
Capt. Robert MacClaw: I got a uniform and a conscience. Right now, the uniform covers the conscience.
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Referenced in Lucky Me (1954) See more »

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Good calvary movie
27 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

The good thing about this movie is the sympathy toward Native Americans. The Native Americans had no immunity to smallpox or chicken pox and no medicine to treat diseases. The main character played by Guy Madison constantly showed concern toward the Native Americans although he had to fight them. Although this movie had this social issue,it still had all the rousing entertainment of most calvary movies. The movie had a lot of saluting, which sometimes became a distraction. James Whitmore was great as the seasoned veteran just as he was in "Battleground". This movie had me wanting both sides to win.


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