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7th Cavalry (1956)

Approved | | Western | December 1956 (USA)
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
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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
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Col. Kellogg
Peter Ortiz ...
Pollock
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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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December 1956 (USA)  »

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Return to Custer  »

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1.85 : 1
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Filmed in Mexico See more »

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After killing the Indian ,Denver Pyle's trooper holsters his rifle twice . See more »

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[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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Randolph Scott tries to redeem an undeserved stain of cowardice
14 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"7th Cavalry" (1956) looks very good in its widescreen version and it plays quite well because of its sturdy supporting cast. I am thinking of bits supplied by Jay C. Flippen, Frank Faylen, Leo Gordon, Harry Carey, Jr., Michael Pate, and Russell Hicks. We get a quick look at Denver Pyle. Jeanette Nolan gets a chance to resent Scott, accusing him of intentionally leaving General Custer before the Little Big Horn disaster. Scott was innocent of that charge, however, having been ordered by Custer to go fetch his bride-to-be, Barbara Hale. The story is a solid one, as Scott volunteers to lead a small party back to the massacre site in order to bring back bodies of the dead officers, including Custer's, a mission that on the face of it is very dangerous in the face of one-sided Indian control of the territory.

What brings the story down a peg is not so much the historical inaccuracies -- these are always to be expected in Hollywood westerns -- but loose story details (plot holes) and execution or presentation of the story. To a first approximation, I expect Columbia productions to be on the low-budget side and to skimp somewhere or other. Here the writing and filming show the weaknesses of the production. Other reviews present numerous criticisms that are accurate. When a Columbia western hits on all cylinders, then I am pleasantly surprised and this does happen.

However, overall, I am not so down on a film like this to rate it very low because of its lapses. It was made for modest entertainment that didn't cost too much. It tells a pretty good yarn. It held my attention by the cinematography, a good deal of the acting and by it not being clear how Scott was going to come out of his problems.


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