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Release Date:
July 1959 (USA) See more »
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A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply center... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Col. John Marlowe

William Holden ... Maj. Henry Kendall

Constance Towers ... Hannah Hunter

Judson Pratt ... Sgt. Maj. Kirby

Hoot Gibson ... Sgt. Brown

Ken Curtis ... Cpl. Wilkie

Willis Bouchey ... Col. Phil Secord

Bing Russell ... Dunker

O.Z. Whitehead ... Hoppy Hopkins

Hank Worden ... Deacon Clump
Chuck Hayward ... Union Captain

Denver Pyle ... Jackie Jo

Strother Martin ... Virgil

Basil Ruysdael ... Commandant

Carleton Young ... Col. Jonathan Miles

William Leslie ... Maj. Richard Gray

William Henry ... Captain

Walter Reed ... Union Officer

Anna Lee ... Mrs. Buford
William Forrest ... Gen. Steve Hurlburt

Ron Hagerthy ... Bugler

Russell Simpson ... Sheriff Goodbody
Althea Gibson ... Lukey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarge Allen ... Union Officer (uncredited)

Gertrude Astor ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Bill Borzage ... Townsman (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Old Soldier in Line (uncredited)
Otis Courville ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jane Crowley ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Gen. William T. Sherman (uncredited)

Duke Fishman ... Prisoner at Newton (uncredited)

Fred Graham ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Major (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Passenger to Newton Station (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Prisoner at Newton (uncredited)
Stan Jones ... Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy ... Soldier (uncredited)
Roy Kennedy ... Wrangler (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Sgt. Maj. 'Mitch' Mitchell (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Newton Station Bartender (uncredited)

George Sowards ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Jan Stine ... Hoskins - Dying Soldier (uncredited)
William Wellman Jr. ... Bugler (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
Writing credits
John Lee Mahin (written for the screen by) and
Martin Rackin (written for the screen by)

Harold Sinclair (novel)

Produced by
John Lee Mahin .... producer (uncredited)
Martin Rackin .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography) (as William Clothier)
Film Editing by
Jack Murray 
Art Direction by
Frank Hotaling 
Makeup Department
Web Overlander .... makeup artist
Fae M. Smith .... hair stylist (as Fae Smith)
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Gosnell Jr. .... assistant director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
Art Department
Victor A. Gangelin .... set dresser (as Victor Gangelin)
Sam Gordon .... property
Sound Department
Jack Solomon .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects (as Auggie Lohman)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial .... stunt double: William Holden (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Lewis .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Phil Rawlins .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Harrold Weinberger .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Beetson Jr. .... wardrobe (as Frank Beetson)
Ann Peck .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Location Management
John Veitch .... location manager
Music Department
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor
Meta Stern .... script supervisor
Crew verified as complete

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120 min | USA:119 min (DVD version) | UK:119 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | New Zealand:G | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (Certificate #19244) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

The real Col. Grierson, like the screen's Col. Marlowe, used special scouts dressed as civilians, known as "Grierson's Guerillas."See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Major Kendall drags Miss Hunter and Lukey into the conference room in Greenbriars, Lukey drops the tray of whiskey. Sergeant Kirby, standing nearby, reacts before the tray is dropped.See more »
Major Kendall:Look here, colonel, I didn't ask to be assigned to this mission...See more »
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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Holden and Wayne earn their pay, 30 May 2004
Author: driver_8 from the Greater Southwest

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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