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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:
Perhaps the Best John Ford Western 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)

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:
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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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 »
Quotes:
[On horseback, Lieutenant Cantrell and some of his officers are escorting Mary Beecher to her home. Rutledge, handcuffed and still wounded from gunfire in his side, rides in the front alongside Cantrell]
Lt. Tom Cantrell:How's the side holding up, Sergeant?
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge:[sardonically] You know what they say about us, sir. We heal fast.
Lt. Tom Cantrell:You give me your word you won't try to make an escape, I'll take those irons off you.
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge:[Rutledge refuses to look at Cantrell] I can't do that, sir. 'Cause I ain't going back to stand trial.
Lt. Tom Cantrell:Well, don't you be a fool, Brax. What if you did get away? Why, this thing would haunt you until you couldn't stand it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in John Ford et Monument Valley (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Captain BuffaloSee more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Perhaps the Best John Ford Western, 24 February 2008
Author: SixtusXLIV from Portugal

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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