An officer accused of cowardice volunteers to bring back General Custers's body after Little Big Horn.

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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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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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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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"The lower you drive him, the further down I'll go with him"
28 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Captain Benson (Randolph Scott) returns to the 7th cavalry with his fiancée (Barbara Hale) to find most of his outfit had been wiped out with General Custer at Little Big Horn. The men under Benson's command resent him for being close friends with Custer, who they hold responsible for the death of their fellow soldiers. Benson's superiors, including his fiancée's father, suspect him of cowardly asking for leave because he knew a battle was looming. So Benson volunteers to lead a detail into danger to recover the bodies at Little Big Horn to prove he isn't a coward.

Scott's always good and he's backed up by a fine supporting cast, including Jay C. Flippen, Frank Faylen, Denver Pyle, and Harry Carey, Jr. In most early movies dealing with Custer, he was portrayed as a martyr and American hero. But by this time the reexamination of Custer had begun and we're starting to see a little historical accuracy seep through. This film tries to please both sides by offering plenty of condemnation of Custer as arrogant and reckless but also having the lead character (played by movie hero Randolph Scott) defend him as a man of honor and "a great human being." Custer is still, to this day, a divisive figure and any movie that portrays him in anything less than a villainous light often attracts soapboxers. Judged strictly on its merits as a film, this is a decent western. Not great but certainly watchable and enjoyable enough.


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