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>
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Did You Know?
Unsatisfied with Woody Strode
's rehearsal of bullet-wounded drowsiness, director John Ford
took his own steps to make Strode appear authentically weary for Rutledge's gunshot early on in the film. The day before the scene was to be shot, Ford got Strode drunk early in the day and had an assistant follow him around for the rest of the day to make sure he stayed that way. When the time came for Strode to shoot the scene with Constance Towers
, his hangover gave him the perfect (for Ford) appearance of a man who had been shot. 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 ...
Words and Music by Mack David
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