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The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)

Approved | | Action, Romance, War | April 1957 (USA)
Union Army deserter, Lt. Hewitt, trains a rag tag band of all-female homesteaders to defend themselves against a Comanche tribe on the warpath.

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Lt. Frank Hewitt
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Anne Martin
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Hannah Lacey
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Mary Wheller
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Cora Melavan
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Emmett Kettle
Ernestine Wade ...
Hetty
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Lucy Conover
Isobel Elsom ...
Mrs. Charlotte Ogden
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Stella Leatham (as Patricia Livingston)
Kim Charney ...
Bax Leatham
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Salt Pork
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Tortilla
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Kipper
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Storyline

Lt. Frank Hewitt deserts the Union Army to warn former Texas neighbors of impending Indian attacks triggered by Army massacre. He overcomes initial distrust and convinces the homesteaders (all women whose men are away fighting in the Confederate Army) to take refuge in an abandoned mission. He trains them to fight and shoot in anticipation of the attack. The only other man at the mission runs away o save his scalp and ends up leading the Indians back to the mission. Surrounded and outnumbered, the defenders prepare for the final assault.. Written by Rita Richardson

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GOOD WOMEN...BAD WOMEN...BRAWLING WOMEN...BRAVE WOMEN! They were all soldiers in skirts!

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Action | Romance | War | Western

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April 1957 (USA)  »

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Das Fort der mutigen Frauen  »

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Opening credits: Near the close of the Civil War the Northern Cavalry made every effort to keep the Indian on the reservation. See more »

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When the Commanche begin to storm into the fort, one of the defending women (clearly a stunt-woman) does an expertly performed Judo-style throw against one of them. This many decades before such an Eastern fighting style was known by anyone in Texas. See more »

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Edited into Land Raiders (1969) See more »

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Written by Fred Karger and George Marshall
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southern who joined union during civil war returns home to rally women against raiding Indians
13 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As every Audie Murphy buff knows, his best western was the near-classic No Name On the Bullet, with perhaps Destry a close second. But in the top three (setting the short but brilliant Red Badge of Courage and the autobiographical To Hell and Back, an A movie, aside), Guns of Fort Petticoat is at the top of the list, owing to splendid outdoor action sequences, a smart sense of humor that doesn't allow anyone to take this all too seriously, and . . . to put it bluntly . . . sex appeal. Also, a political consciousness, with Murphy a) going north, despite his being a southwesterner, to fight in the civil war because he's against slavery, and b) his attempt to try and stop the Sand Creek Massacre and save Native American lives. (One historical error: The massacre was not perpetrated by 'regular U.S. army,' as the film suggests, but by a self-styled civilian-soldier group called a 'militia outfit' though really noting more than racist vigilantes.) Knowing that an Indian war is impending, Murphy returns to the war torn southwest and, with men absent, trains women to fight and defend themselves. Something of a feminist western, way ahead of its time, but (thankfully) no polemics, only action, romance, and surprisingly effective comedy. Kathryn Grant makes an adorable female lead for Audie.


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