Crude and uncivilized backwoods trapper Jed Cooper and his two partners sign up as scouts in a remote Oregon army fort, manned chiefly by untrained rookie soldiers. Jed, flirting with the ... See full summary »
Crude and uncivilized backwoods trapper Jed Cooper and his two partners sign up as scouts in a remote Oregon army fort, manned chiefly by untrained rookie soldiers. Jed, flirting with the idea of leading a more settled life, decides he needs a woman to start the process, and selects Corinna Marston, the beautiful young wife of Colonel Marston, commander of the next fort down the line. Marston arrives and announces to commanding officer Captain Riordan that he has lost his fort and most of his men to an Indian attack and that he, as ranking officer, is assuming command. Riordan, a young, but sensible officer, is outraged when he learns that Marston, posted out west for having lost his 1500-man command during a Civil War battle, has ordered the entire fort's complement, totally unprepared for combat and outnumbered, to march out against experienced Indian warriors. Written by
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Sorry about the Colonel back.
I ain't glad.
Jed, you did right. And I'm proud of you. Makes me feel as though I didn't bring you up too bad after all.
I didn't do it for you, Gus.
She made you, didn't she? Well, most likely she wanted him dead just as much as you do, but only she couldn't. That 'll be the Christian in her. That's the part of your education that's most been sadly lacking. You ain't got no Christian in you.
No. There's two kinds of love, Jed. The way you love and the way...
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Riveting Western full of action , drama and gorgeous landscapes by expert maestro Anthony Mann
This first-rate Western draws its fascinating tale and power from the interaction of finely drawn roles with acting of great nobility as well as adventure and action . Good adult Western with exciting battle of wits between an obstinate , savage scout and a veteran cavalry commander officer set in a remote Oregon army fort . It deals with a wilderness frontiersman named Jed Cooper (Victor Mature) and his two pals (James Withmore , Pat Hogan) see their lives change when takes place the coming of a military outpost called Fort Shallan and they then sign up as scouts . The rough explorer , flirting with the idea of leading a more settled life , decides he needs a spouse and selects Corinna Marston (Anne Bancroft) , but she results to be the wife of cavalry martinet Marston (Robert Preston) , commanding officer of the next fort down the line and manned chiefly by untrained rookie troopers . Marston arrives Fort Shallan and announces to Captain Riordan (Guy Madison) and official Phil Clarke (Russell Collins) that he has lost his fort and most of his men to an Indian attack led by chief Red Cloud and is assuming command on the outpost .
This excellent , meaty Western contains interesting plot , outlandish characterizations , a love story , climatic shootouts , Indian attacks spectacular outdoors and is quite entertaining . This outstanding Mann Western balances action , suspense , thrills , drama and battles remain bloody and indisciplined . The usual wooden Victor Mature does surprisingly a good performance as a crude and illiterate uncivilized backwoods trapper . Top-notch Robert Preston as an embittered Major for having lost his 1500-man command during a Civil War battle . Special mention to a sensational James Withmore as old friend , almost father of protagonist Mature and helped raise him , despite the fact that Mature was actually eight years older than Whitmore . Furthermore , the sympathetic Pat Hogan , a real Native , whose career would play Native Americans in approximately eight out of every ten projects he appeared . Anthony Mann does a good work , an energetic and exciting movie , pitting two antagonist characters against the rugged toughness forced a vast natural environment and for love a good woman . Highlight the exemplary value of the landscape as essential dramatic figure, and the narrative takes a brisk pace but not fast , a dash dense but not cumbersome . This cavalry drama contains a traditional story and exciting screenplay by prestigious Philip Yordan . Wonderful cinematography in magnificence color is superbly caught by cameraman William C. Mellor in widescreen "scope" by placing major action on both the far left and right edges of the frame . Atmospheric and lively musical score by Leigh Harline .
This first-class rugged Western is masterfully directed by Anthony Mann
including his characteristic use of landscape which is visually
memorable - . Mann established his forte with magnificent Western almost always with James Stewart . In his beginnings he made ambitious but short-lived quality low-budget surroundings of Eagle-Lion production as ¨T-men¨ , ¨They walked by night¨ , ¨Raw deal¨ , ¨Railroaded¨ and ¨Desperate¨ . Later on , he realized various Western , remarkably good , masterpieces such as ¨The furies¨ , ¨Devil's doorway¨ and ¨Man of the West¨ and several with his habitual star , James Stewart, as ¨Winchester 73¨ , ¨Bend the river¨ , ¨The far country¨ , ¨Man of the West ¨. They are characterized by roles whose determination to stick to their guns would take them to the limits of their endurance . Others in this throughly enjoyable series include ¨Tin star ¨ that is probably one of the best Western in the fifties and sixties . After the mid-50 , Mann's successes came less frequently . And of course ¨The last Frontier¨ also titled ¨Savage wilderness¨ that turns out to be stylish , fast paced , solid , meticulous , with enjoyable look , and most powerful and minus-considered . This well acted movie is gripping every step of the way . An unjustly forgotten film turns to be a splendid western and remains consistently agreeable . Rating : Above average ; in spite of absence his ordinary star , Stewart , being perfectly replaced by Victor Mature . Well worth watching and it will appeal to Victor Mature fans
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