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 <email@example.com>
THERE'S NO TURNING BACK! (original print media ad - all caps)
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Did You Know?
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
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
I ain't gonna let none of this trouble run off on you. You're ninth Cavalry men, and like I've said again and again the ninth's record is going to speak for us all one day, and its gonna speak clean.
Referenced in John Ford et Monument Valley
Words and Music by Mack David
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