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Fort Dobbs -- Surrounded by hostile Comanches, frontier widow Celia Gray knows theonly hope she and her little boy have is to escape to Fort Dobbs.


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Release Date:
6 May 1958 (Japan) See more »
A Battle Scorched Outpost Cut Off from the West...And Only His Bullets Could Rivet It Back In! See more »
Having eluded a posse, a wanted man rescues a woman and her young son from a Comanche attack. He then escorts them to the presumed safety of a U.S... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A cut-above average Warner Brother's Western. See more (18 total) »


  (in credits order)

Clint Walker ... Gar Davis

Virginia Mayo ... Celia Gray

Brian Keith ... Clett

Richard Eyer ... Chad Gray

Russ Conway ... Sheriff of Largo

Michael Dante ... Billings
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Cliff ... Largo Refugee at Fort (uncredited)
John McKee ... Largo Refugee at Fort (uncredited)

Bud Osborne ... Largo Refugee at Fort (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George W. George  story "Backtrack"
Burt Kennedy  story "Backtrack"

Produced by
Martin Rackin .... producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier 
Film Editing by
Clarence Kolster 
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
Set Decoration by
Frank M. Miller 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Marion Vaughn .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director (as William Kissel)
William Kissell .... second unit director (as William Kissel)
C.M. Florance .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Robey Cooper .... prop master (uncredited)
Levi C. Williams .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Francis E. Stahl .... sound
Hal Barnes .... sound editor (uncredited)
Milton Citron .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Jensen .... boom operator (uncredited)
Robert J. Miller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Frank Regula .... cableman (uncredited)
George Reid .... sound editor (uncredited)
Norm Taylor .... stunt double
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Doran .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Elmer Faubion .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Louis Jennings .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dudie Maschmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
Everett Miller .... best boy (uncredited)
Ralph Owen .... gaffer (uncredited)
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Geoffrey Alan .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Florence Albert .... costumer (uncredited)
Vic Vallejo .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John F. Burnett .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
Other crew
Emory Horger .... dialogue supervisor (as Emory Hoerger)
Barlow Simpson .... wrangler
Joe Halperin .... publicist (uncredited)
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #18710) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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In 1958, this film was distributed on a double bill with Escape from San Quentin (1957).See more »
Continuity: When Gar and the Greys leave the house, Gar is holding a cloth bag. Later, the bag becomes larger and holds many cooking utensils, beans, and other food.See more »


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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A cut-above average Warner Brother's Western., 18 February 2010
Author: Keith Kjornes ( from Fort Worth, Texas

In the late 1950's, Warner Brothers was the studio responsible for more westerns on television than any other production company in town (the town being Hollywood, of course!) They made stars out Clint Walker, Ty Hardin, James Garner, Jack Kelly and a host of others who appeared in their half hour and then one hour western dramas, which later became parodies of themselves, as the long running Maverick will prove.

Here, they rework the "Hondo" plot (lone gunman rescues a woman and her son after finding her husband dead) and spend two thirds of the movie getting themselves to Fort Dobbs. I'll stop there, because actually, under the considered hand of director Gordon Douglas, this is actually an okay film. Walker gives a very quiet performance but it's his character, so you buy it. Virginia Mayo and Richard Eyer give better performances, one scene with the kid especially cool-- and the standard cowboys vs. Indians plot is made a bit more edgy by the presence of Brian Keith as the bad guy. He doesn't show up until the 30 minute mark, but he steals the show and has a great time playing the bad guy.

The final scene is laughable ( not in a good way, sorry to say) but prior to that, the action is okay, inter cut with some out takes from "The Searchers", which don't match the Fort Dobbs footage at all.

Contains all the usual Warner Brothers sound effects, gun shots and bodies hitting the ground you've heard hundreds of times. Also, the music was by Max Steiner, which notched it up to a 7 for me.

If you get a chance, give it a look. VERY LITTLE studio work, a whole lot out OUT DOOR SHOOTING, another high point.

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