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7th Cavalry (1956)

Passed  -  Western  -  December 1956 (USA)
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An officer accused of cowardice volunteers to bring back General Custers's body after Little Big Horn.

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Cast

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Capt. Tom Benson
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Martha Kellogg
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Sgt. Bates
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Sgt. Kruger
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Charlotte Reynolds
Leo Gordon ...
Vogel
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Dixon
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Cpl. Morrison
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Lt. Bob Fitch
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Pat Hogan ...
Young Hawk
Russell Hicks ...
Col. Kellogg
Peter Ortiz ...
Pollock
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Storyline

Returning to Fort Lincoln, Captain Benson learns of Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn. At the inquiry as Custer's Officers blame Custer for the defeat, Benson tries to defend him. But Benson was suspiciously absent at the time of the battle and is now despised by the troops. So when an order to retrieve the bodies from the battlefield arrives, Benson volunteers for the dangerous mission of returning back into Indian territory. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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CHARGING THE BATTLE LINES OF THE SIOUX AND THE CHEYENNES! (original print ad - all caps)

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Western

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December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seventh Cavalry  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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When the troops present arms at the flag-raising at the beginning of the film, the soldier closest to the camera has a Remington Rolling-Block rifle, probably standing in for a Springfield Trapdoor carbine, with which the cavalry of 1876 was actually equipped. The Remington, though popular with the armies of many other nations, was never adopted in any form by the US military. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Capt. Tom Benson: We'll be able to see the fort from the top of the next rise.
[Tom and Martha ride a little farther]
Capt. Tom Benson: There she is - Fort Lincoln, the base of the finest cavalry regiment in the country - and our home.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Capt. Benson was returning with his future bride, to his post commanded by the gallant Indian fighter Colonel Custer, who had prepared the famous 7th for all out war with the Sioux. See more »

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Yellow Hair and the real meaning of Horsepower.
5 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Set after the Battle Of Little Big Horn, 7th Cavalry sees Randolph Scott playing Captain Benson, who returns with his future bride to his post commanded by Indian fighter, Colonel Custer. Custer however was gone, he had taken the famous 7th Cavalry to war with the Sioux at Big Horn and lost badly. Guilt ridden and tarnished by whispers of cowardice, Benson volunteers to lead a dangerous mission back to Big Horn to reclaim the bodies of the fallen soldiers.

There doesn't appear to be too much love for this 1956 Columbia Pictures oater. Seems it's either damned for being too talky, or on the flip side, it's too hokey within its plotting to actually merit worth. Well that's a shame for this has something of a vintage feel to it, its themes of guilt and redemption are Western standards, whilst the story also takes in interesting arcs such as religious beliefs and spiritual meanings. Yes this is definitely a "talky" picture, aside from some mano mano action and single horse pursuits that is, but it's a well thought out screenplay by Peter Packer {adapting from Glendon Swarthout's story}. Instances such as a military enquiry and an exchange between Benson and a young Indian warrior are intelligent passages in the story {with Scott doing fine work in the process}. What it lacks in gusto action it more than makes up for with its characterisations.

Other plus points are that it's also nicely shot in Mexico, and the Technicolor does justice to the splendid costumes on show. While backing Scott up in support is admirable performers such as Jay C. Flippen, Frank Faylen, Leo Gordon, Michael Pate and Harry Carey Jr. Tho the ladies {Jeanette Nolan & Barbara Hale} aren't given too much to do, and the score conducted by Mischa Bakaleinikoff is at odds with the tempo of the film, 7th Cavalry still deserves a better reputation than it currently has. Prepare for a work of fiction that is most assuredly dialogue driven, and hopefully your expectations will at the least be met. 7/10


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