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Fort Apache (1948)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Western | 14 June 1948 (Brazil)
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At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Frank S. Nugent (screenplay), James Warner Bellah (suggested by the story "Massacre")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Capt. Kirby York
Henry Fonda ... Lt. Col. Owen Thursday
Shirley Temple ... Philadelphia Thursday
Pedro Armendáriz ... Sgt. Beaufort (as Pedro Armendariz)
Ward Bond ... Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke
George O'Brien ... Capt. Sam Collingwood
Victor McLaglen ... Sgt. Festus Mulcahy
Anna Lee ... Mrs. Emily Collingwood
Irene Rich ... Mrs. Mary O'Rourke
Dick Foran ... Sgt. Quincannon
Guy Kibbee ... Capt. Dr. Wilkens
Grant Withers ... Silas Meacham
Jack Pennick Jack Pennick ... Sgt. Daniel Schattuck
Ray Hyke Ray Hyke ... Lt. Gates
Movita ... Guadalupe
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Storyline

Deep into the territory of the great Apache chief, Cochise, the demoted Civil War general, Lieutenant Colonel Owen Thursday, reports for duty as a commanding officer at the remote U.S. cavalry outpost known as Fort Apache, along with his daughter, Philadelphia. There, the arrogant commander will soon lock horns with the realistic and sensible second-in-command, Captain Kirby York, who, as an expert in the local Apaches, disagrees with Thursday who wants to make a name for himself in the Arizona frontier. In the end, is it wise to engage in battle when personal glory is all you seek? Written by Nick Riganas

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John Ford's Masterpiece of the Frontier!


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 June 1948 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

War Party See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Argosy Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Movie censor Joseph Breen had some problems with the script. He was concerned about a scene of the men working at a manure pile as possibly offensive and insisted that a shot of two dead troopers be handled discreetly without any overt gruesomeness. He also gave orders that no toilet should be shown on screen and that drinking scenes be kept to a minimum. Breen also instructed John Ford to keep constant contact with Mel Morse, regional director of the American Humane Society, regarding any scenes involving horses or other animals. See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Michael O'Rourke and Philadelphia goes riding, they stop for while with a high and peaked boulder on their left-hand side. In the next shot, when they renew to ride, seen away from the other side, the boulder has changed to a large and low one. See more »

Quotes

[Beaufort is addressing a group of new recruits]
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: Gentlemen, this is a horse. You will observe it has no saddle. The reason it has no saddle is because it'll be easier for you to stay on without the saddle. Now, before we progress... did any of you gentlemen have the honor of serving with the Southern arms during the late War Between The States?
Recruit: Yes, sir. I had the pride, sir, of serving with Bedford Forrest.
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: I am proud to shake your hand.
Recruit: Thank you, sir.
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: I hope you have the pleasure of buying me...
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Uncomfortable Mismatch
19 June 2012 | by cstotlar-1See all my reviews

I was looking forward to liking this film so it came as a disappointment that things just didn't work for me. "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" is one of my favorite westerns too. Shirley Temple never really made it on screen as an adult, regardless of how many times the system tried to use her. John Agar, her husband at the time (so I've read) was also lackluster so they matched on screen as well. We are all aware - or have been made aware - of John Ford's Irishness but in this case things got wildly out of hand. The humor was broad - extremely broad - and the "jokes" wore thin from the very beginning. What irritated me most, however, was the musical score. At the start of the film, already, with the magnificent vistas of Monument Valley, the score is overly forceful, staccato and as obtrusive as it is intrusive. The music is everywhere, even when it's not needed and spills off some scenes into others where it isn't even appropriate. It is consistently loud and impairs rather than aids what's on the screen. Someone should have edited the score!

Curtis Stotlar


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