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Fort Dobbs (1958)

Approved | | Western | 18 April 1958 (USA)
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Eluding a sheriff's posse, an escaped man saves a farming family from a Comanche attack and escorts it to the nearby Fort Dobbs.


Gordon Douglas


George W. George (story "Backtrack"), Burt Kennedy (story "Backtrack")





Cast overview:
Clint Walker ... Gar Davis
Virginia Mayo ... Celia Gray
Brian Keith ... Clett
Richard Eyer ... Chad Gray
Russ Conway ... Sheriff of Largo
Michael Dante ... Billings


Having eluded a posse, a wanted man rescues a woman and her young son from a Comanche attack. He then escorts them to the presumed safety of a U.S. Cavalry fort. Trouble develops along the way when the woman comes to believe that her rescuer was responsible for the recent death of her husband. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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A Battle Scorched Outpost Cut Off from the West...And Only His Bullets Could Rivet It Back In! See more »




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In 1958, this film was distributed on a double bill with Escape from San Quentin (1957). See more »


When one of the defenders is hit in the chest with a spear, the camera pans from the Comanche throwing it to the defender receiving it. However, when the shot focuses on the defender, the long spear is already embedded in his chest, a second later he recoils as if being hit. See more »


Referenced in Svengoolie: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (2010) See more »

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Exciting B Western
21 July 2013 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

After being accused of shooting a man Gar Davis leaves the town of Largo with a posse in hot pursuit . His problems intensify when he comes across the body of a man which means the Comanche tribe are on the war path and with a return to Largo not an option he has to trek through hostile territory on foot . He spots a homestead and tries to steal a horse

As someone who is not a fan of the Western genre I only watched FORT DOBBS because there was nothing else on but found myself enjoying the movie much more than I could possibly have expected . One reason for this is because it resembles the type of story that would attract a director like Walter Hill who made a career out of reworking Anabasis by the ancient Greek writer Xenophon which involves protagonists trying to reach sanctuary through hostile territory and this film makes the best of the scenario and just when the protagonists think safety is in sight another obstacle appears

Perhaps even stranger as someone who isn't keen on Westerns I did notice the genre conventions which could be interpreted as clichés were are the fore such as a man's got to do what a man's got to do , men in white hats against men in black hats and the Injuns are portrayed as violent savages . We even have a kid in the mix but none of this harms the movie probably because it's an involving and exciting tale . One flaw to it is that it's filmed in black and white and one thinks if you're to set a film in a vast landscape which is to all intents and purposes a co-star then the film would have worked even better if it was shot in colour

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Release Date:

18 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fifteen Bullets from Fort Dobbs See more »

Filming Locations:

Fredonia, Arizona, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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