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Sergeant Rutledge -- A proud cavalry soldier and former slave is accused of rape and murder but defended and during a court martial by his superior officer.
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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?

Third-billed Billie Burke, age 76, played Cordelia Fosgate, the wife of Col. Fosgate, played by Willis Bouchey, who was only 53.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:I ain't gonna let none of this trouble run off on you. You're ninth Cavalry men, and like I've said again and again the ninth's record is going to speak for us all one day, and its gonna speak clean.See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
This film deserves to be more well-known and watched, 22 October 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a marvelous Western starring Jeffery Hunter and Woodie Strode--thanks in large part to the always wonderful direction of John Ford and the fact that this film dared to take a big risk. In the 1950s and 60s, American was still struggling desperately with racism and it was still widely acceptable to demean or mistreat Black people. However, this film deliberately tries to debunk this myth that Black people are in some way inferior. The film attacks racism without being preachy or ridiculous (something that makes me hate GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENT due to its very heavy-handed way of dealing with antisemitism).

Woody Strode, as usual, plays a very dignified and wonderful role as a soldier on trial for rape and murder. He was a very fine actor and you wonder how much further he could have gone in life had he been White. Hunter plays the man defending him and shows more than he could in most of his other pretty forgettable films. The actual story of what occurred unfolds in flashbacks told during the course of the trial and the style is very reminiscent of Akira Kurosawa's film Rashômon. This is VERY ironic, as for years, Kurosawa had been a huge fan of Ford and tried to emulate the master director! In this case, it is the other way around! The film is near-perfect in the acting, story and execution. Watch this film and see that Westerns CAN be more than just the typical horse and Indian flick.

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