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Release Date:
18 May 1960 (USA) See more »
THERE'S NO TURNING BACK! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeffrey Hunter ... Lt. Tom Cantrell

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

Carleton Young ... Capt. Shattuck
Judson Pratt ... Lt. Mulqueen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Adams ... Court Guard (uncredited)
Mario Arteaga ... Mexican (uncredited)
Oscar Blank ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Clifton Brandon ... Trooper (uncredited)
Naaman Brown ... Trooper (uncredited)
Louis Byrd ... Trooper (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Officer's Wife (uncredited)
Shug Fisher ... Mr. Owens (uncredited)
Eugene Gaines ... Trooper (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Capt. Dickinson (uncredited)
William Henry ... Capt. Dwyer (uncredited)
James Johnson ... Trooper (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)
Marvin Luster ... Trooper (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Sam Beecher (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Mrs. Nellie Hackett (uncredited)
Toby Michaels ... Lucy Dabney (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Trusse R. Norris ... Trooper (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)
Bobby Lee Smith ... Trooper (uncredited)
Ed Sweeny ... Sentry (uncredited)
Walter Torrence ... Trooper (uncredited)
David Washington ... Trooper (uncredited)
William Wellman Jr. ... Court Guard (uncredited)
Lloyd Winston ... Trooper (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Laredo (uncredited)

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
Web Overlander .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Norman Pringle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (as Russ Saunders)
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
Edward O'Fearna .... assistant director (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Robey Cooper .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
M.A. Merrick .... sound
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Lewis .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Jennings .... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard L. Wilson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martha Bunch .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Wesley Jeffries .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Michael A. Hoey .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Howard Hohler .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Dolores Rubin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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)

Did You Know?

Lt. Cantrell supplies Mary Beecher with a somewhat sanitized albeit understandable explanation of the term "buffalo soldier," stating that plains Indians applied the term to African-American soldiers upon seeing them in buffalo-hide coats and hats. In reality the relationship between black troopers and the American bison was owing to the nature of the troopers' hair, whose appearance and consistency reminded them of the shaggy capes of the plains animals. No racism was conveyed in the term, as the Indians held the bison as sacred and the perceived kinship between black troopers and the bison caused the Indians to both respect and fear the troopers.See more »
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 »
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge:Anyone come, you ain't gonna be in here with me.
Mary Beecher:What are you talking about?
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge:I'm talking about you. A white woman. White women only spell trouble for any of us.
Mary Beecher:That's nonsense. We're just two people trying to stay alive.
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge:Lady, you don't know how hard I'm trying to stay alive.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in John Ford et Monument Valley (2013)See more »
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A great underrated film, 23 September 1999
Author: FrankiePaddo 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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