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Fort Massacre (1958)

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A cavalry troop finds itself under constant attack by Indians.



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Complete credited cast:
Sgt. Vinson
Pvt. McGurney
Susan Cabot ...
Piute Girl
Pvt. Robert W. Travis
George N. Neise ...
Pvt. Pendleton
Pawnee (Indian scout)
Robert Osterloh ...
Pvt. Schwabacker
Pvt. Collins
Francis McDonald ...
Old Piute Man (as Francis J. McDonald)
Guy Prescott ...
Pvt. Tucker
Rayford Barnes ...
Pvt. Moss
Irving Bacon ...
Charlie the Trader
Adele (Charlie's wife)
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During the Indian Wars in the Southwest, a sergeant assumes command of a cavalry detachment after it is mauled in an Apache ambush that killed its captain and seriously wounded its lieutenant. The surviving troopers must reach either a larger cavalry column or a wagon train the column is to escort. But first they need water and the nearest water hole is in Apache hands.... Written by Mister-UHF

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cavalry | apache | ambush | troop | burial | See All (21) »






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Release Date:

May 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Letzten der 2. Schwadron  »

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2.35 : 1
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In 1958, United Artists released this film on a double bill with The Steel Bayonet (1957). See more »


Forrest Tucker's Irish accent constantly comes and goes throughout the movie. See more »


Sgt. Vinson: I need a six-foot hole dug. Any volunteers?
Pvt. McGurney: Don't look at me, Sergeant. I'm too overcome with grief.
Pvt. Pendelton: Well, I certainly can't do that!
Pvt. Collins: All right, I'll be the goat. Half the tobacco?
Pvt. McGurney: Collins, three feet will be plenty. He was only half a man.
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As hard as a carbine butt.
1 December 2002 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Unlike John Ford's celebrated cavalry Westerns, there's no humor or sentimentality in this film. It shows the grim situations and less than stellar personnel that cavalry commanders often faced. The interplay between Sergeant Vinson, Private McGurney, and Scout Pawnee is interesting and incisive. McGurney shows how a miscreant within a unit can be as great a menace as the enemy. The cinematography is excellent, particularly during riding and water hole sequences. Worth looking at, especially for Western fans interested in the cavalry.

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