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The Horse Soldiers (1959)

 -  Adventure | War | Western  -  12 June 1959 (USA)
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A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply centre. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the ... See full summary »

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A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply centre. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the commander. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a southern belle who must be taken along to assure her silence. The Union officers each have different reasons for wanting to be on the mission. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The producers originally wanted Clark Gable for the leading role. See more »

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Although listening through stove pipes at Greenbriar helped move the plot along , it was merely a contrivance . Southern plantation houses at that time were not heated by cast iron stoves but by wood-burning fireplaces through chimneys at each end of the house. See more »

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Major Kendall: That's a pretty primitive outlook; medically speaking, that is.
Col. John Marlowe: Well, doctor, war isn't exactly a civilized business.
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Holden and Wayne earn their pay
30 May 2004 | by (the Greater Southwest) – See all my reviews

The Horse Soldiers is one of many John Ford and John Wayne collaborations.

Moreover, it is one of their better. The story involves a daring mission by union troops into the heart of the confederacy, in order to cut supply lines. Wayne is leading the daring plan. However, also going on the mission are an insolent

surgeon (played by William Holden) and a Southern Belle, complete with slave

(played by tennis star Althea Gibson). Where this film shines are in the excellent performances turned in by the big two stars. Rumor was that this film had many shutdowns and stoppages, the kind of thing that can make someone hornery.

Well, you see that in the relationship between the Holden and Wayne

characters, they genuinely despise each other. To me, this was one of Wayne's most underrated performances. He shows real emotion in his rather complex

character. As usual, Holden is excellent. Being a Ford film, the story and

scenery are both epic. Moreover, it does not take the Hollywood path towards

the obvious. I really enjoyed this film and was anxious to see just how it would end.


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