Lieutenant Tom Cantrell is sent to defend Sergeant Braxton Rutledge, a black cavalry soldier, on a charge of rape and murder. The story begins in a courtroom and it is told through flashbacks. This is a story of how a black soldier in the face of danger from the Indians can be so easily mistaken as a criminal. Written by
Christopher D. Ryan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
THERE'S NO TURNING BACK! (original print media ad - all caps)
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Originated in 1957 as a project for director André De Toth
, about a black soldier accused of raping and murdering a German girl and the lieutenant who defends him and proves his innocence. De Toth wanted Jeffrey Hunter
as the defense attorney. Based on the 1955 story "Shadow of the Noose" by John Hawkins
and Ward Hawkins
in The Saturday Evening Post. See more
When Lt. Cantrell is holding a picture of the young Miss Lucy Dabney over her dead body, he moves the picture out of camera frame, and you can see her moving her right eyelid. See more
[Rutledge enters the court room under guard and presents himself to the President of the Court-Martial
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
First Sergeant Braxton Rutledge, C Troop, Ninth United States Cavalry.
[the spectators erupt into bedlam. Sitting in the front seats, the officers' wives, especially Mrs. Fosgate, have been chattering constantly, and a crowd of men at the back begin shouting that Rutledge should be hanged, and so forth. Fosgate bangs his gavel repeatedly
Lt. Tom Cantrell
Col. Otis Fosgate - president of the court-martial
Lt. Tom Cantrell
Mr. President! I request this ...
Referenced in John Ford et Monument Valley
Words and Music by Mack David
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