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Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

 -  Western | Crime  -  18 May 1960 (USA)
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Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer.

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Complete credited cast:
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Lt. Tom Cantrell - counsel for the defense
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Mary Beecher
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Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate
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1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
Juano Hernandez ...
Sgt. Matthew Luke Skidmore
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Col. Otis Fosgate - president of the court-martial
Carleton Young ...
Capt. Shattuck - prosecutor
Judson Pratt ...
Lt. Mulqueen - court-martial board member
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Storyline

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 <cryan@direct.ca>

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It's the rendezvous with DEATH for men to whom DEATH was no stranger! See more »

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Western | Crime

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18 May 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Captain Buffalo  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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WILHELM SCREAM: An Indian rides alongside a soldier and stabs him with a spear. See more »

Goofs

Cantrell explains that the "buffalo soldiers" were so named because when first seen by the Native Americans, the Natives mistook their woolly coats for those of a buffalo. In truth, it was the "nappy" hair of the Black soldiers that lead the Natives to dub the unit as "Buffalo Soldiers," but Cantrell could have been misinformed. When Dr. Eckner testifies as to the rape/murder, his testimony is shown in flashback and concludes with a conversation between Juano Hernandez as Skidmore and Jeffrey Hunter as Cantrell that took place outside the building. As the doctor remained inside, he could not possibly have heard it. See more »

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[Lucy jumps off her horse, ties it up on the rail, and enters the store where Mrs. Fosgate and Mrs. Hackett are]
Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate: Lucy Dabney! Riding astride! When will your father realize that you are a grown-up young lady?
Mrs. Nellie Hackett: Yes!
Lucy Dabney: [laughs] Papa says as long as I say my prayers and behave myself with the young lieutenants, he doesn't care if I ride like Lady Godiva!
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Perhaps the Best John Ford Western
24 February 2008 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Up to now I have considered "The Searchers" the Best of Ford Westerns. It has better picture (VistaVision), and the legend of John Wayne to back it. Some of the secondary roles are better portrayed by more expert actors such as Ward Bond, just to mention one. Production is more lavish..

But the plot in "The Searchers" is unidirectional. It's just a story of white settlers against Indians.

Sergeant Rutledge goes much deeper, into the social "fabric" of America,

To avoid fastidious repetition, let me just point that the story goes into "American Problems" that endure 100 years after. Racism, young female behavior, that affects men of power, and old rich females who own perhaps more than 50% of the total assets (the wealth of the Nation) of the USA, and last but not least, the excessive power and "tricks" of legal professionals that always leads to corruption.

It is all there. If the actors were a bit upper-crust it would be the best, but Jack Warner did no provide the cash.

A must see...


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