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Director:
Writers:
James Warner Bellah (written by) and
Willis Goldbeck (written by)
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Release Date:
18 May 1960 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
THERE'S NO TURNING BACK! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
A great underrated film See more (32 total) »

Cast

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Jeffrey Hunter ... Lt. Tom Cantrell - counsel for the defense

Constance Towers ... Mary Beecher

Billie Burke ... Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate

Woody Strode ... 1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
Juano Hernandez ... Sgt. Matthew Luke Skidmore

Willis Bouchey ... Col. Otis Fosgate - president of the court-martial
Carleton Young ... Capt. Shattuck - prosecutor
Judson Pratt ... Lt. Mulqueen - court-martial board member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shug Fisher ... Mr. Owens (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Capt. Dickinson (uncredited)
William Henry ... Capt. Dwyer (uncredited)

Rafer Johnson ... Cpl. Krump (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Lewis ... Indian (uncredited)
Fred Libby ... Chandler Hubble (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Sam Beecher (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Mrs. Nellie Hackett (uncredited)
Toby Michaels ... Lucy Dabney (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Eva Novak ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Courtroom Sergeant (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... Capt. McAfee (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Dr. Walter Eckner (uncredited)
Ed Shaw ... Chris Hubble (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Laredo (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
James Warner Bellah (written by) and
Willis Goldbeck (written by)

James Warner Bellah  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Patrick Ford .... producer
Willis Goldbeck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Howard Jackson 
 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Murray 
 
Art Direction by
Eddie Imazu 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank M. Miller 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (as Russ Saunders)
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
M.A. Merrick .... sound
 
Stunts
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Lewis .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Michael A. Hoey .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dolores Rubin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
111 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Spain:13 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) | USA:Approved (certificate #19413) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Trivia:
The horse Jeffrey Hunter rides is an American Quarter Horse with a white blaze.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The character of 1st Sgt. Rutledge says the Apache are Mescalero. This story is set in Arizona and the Mescalero are and have always been a New Mexico people.See more »
Quotes:
[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:Mr. President!
Col. Otis Fosgate - president of the court-martial:Order!
Lt. Tom Cantrell:Mr. President! I request this court room be cleared of all spectators. This is not a public show. A soldier's on trial for his life before this court; and, furthermore, by the very nature of the charges alone, this is certainly no place for ladies.
[the ladies, especially Mrs. Fosgate, don't like that, and they begin chattering and protesting again]
Col. Otis Fosgate - president of the court-martial:Request granted.
[He glares at his wife]
Col. Otis Fosgate - president of the court-martial:Dickinson, clear this court room of everyone not directly connected with this case!
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in John Ford et Monument Valley (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A great underrated film, 23 September 1999
Author: frankie-47 from Paddington, Brisbane, Australia

John Ford, ever the director of the under dog creates another masterpiece of forgotten American history.

Ford, who called himself a social democrat creates another film of nobility and personal convictions, both his and his characters. It is Fords great humanity and sense of justice which makes this film so appealing.

Some of the narrative is forced and the resolution is pat. What we do have is Fords beautiful colour camera in Monument Valley, ala "The Searchers ( 1956 )", broad humour, defined characterizations and attention to detail both individual and historical.

Jeffrey Hunter, always an underrated actor, is fine as the lead, but it is Woody Strode as the title character that is a stand out. His courtroom scene defending his beliefs and humanity is truly moving as is his scene as he rides back to save his troop. A " man mountain" he is ! Through his physical presence Ford coaxes out subtle nuances of character which give the role a ring of truth. Supporting him we have Fords usual wonderful stock players. Although not as poetic or thought out as some of Fords other films this is still miles ahead of other peoples efforts.

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