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7th Cavalry (1956)

Approved  |   |  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:

Return to Custer  »

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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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Not one of Scott's best
22 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Randolph Scott is one of my favorite western actors, but this is a poor movie. Blame the screen writer, the director and probably the budget. There's not much action or tension, just a lot of horse operatics with a stable of unsympathetic and unlikable characters. Even the usual team of normally good character actors (Jay C. Flippen, Harry Carey Jr., Barbara Hale etc) can't pull this broken wagon out of the mud of bad writing. The scenery's not bad,the pine country of California, but it's a far cry from the Montana plains where Custer met his doom. Everybody's against Scott as an officer who went to bring his fiancé to Fort Lincoln instead of joining Custer, Benteen and Reno with their rendezvous with destiny on the Little Big Horn. He tries to redeem himself by undertaking a dangerous mission to retrieve Custer's body from the battlefield. They meet up with some superstitious Indians and the way they get out of the mess is not bad. For a more compelling story, even the wildly historically inaccurate "They Died With Their Boots On" is scalps and shoulders above this entry.


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