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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.


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Capt. Kirby York
Lt. Col. Owen Thursday
Philadelphia Thursday
Sgt. Beaufort (as Pedro Armendariz)
Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke
Capt. Sam Collingwood
Sgt. Festus Mulcahy
Mrs. Emily Collingwood
Mrs. Mary O'Rourke
Sgt. Quincannon
Capt. Dr. Wilkens
Silas Meacham
Sgt. Daniel Schattuck
Ray Hyke ...
Cochise (as Miguel Inclan)
Ma (barmaid)
Philip Kieffer ...
Cavalryman (as Philip Keiffer)
Officer's Wife
Southern Recruit
2nd Lt. Michael Shannon O'Rourke
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdullah Abbas ...
Officer at Dance (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ...
Recruit With Mustache / Accordionist at Serenade (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ...
Stage Driver (uncredited)
Jane Crowley ...
Officer's Wife (uncredited)
Newspaperman (uncredited)
Fen - Stage Guard (uncredited)
Reporter (uncredited)
Cavalryman (uncredited)
Bobbie Hale ...
Officer at Dance (uncredited)
Cpl. Derice (uncredited)
Clyde McLeod ...
Officer at Dance (uncredited)
Russell Meeker ...
Officer at Dance (uncredited)
Al Murphy ...
Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
John Rice ...
Officer at Dance (uncredited)
Soldier (uncredited)
Allen D. Sewall ...
Officer at Dance (uncredited)
NCO at Dance (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ...
Officer at Dance (uncredited)
Officer at Dance (uncredited)
Tom O'Feeney (uncredited)
Reporter (uncredited)
Eleanore Vogel ...
Officer's Wife (uncredited)

Directed by

John Ford

Written by

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

Produced by

Merian C. Cooper ... executive producer (uncredited)
John Ford ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Richard Hageman ... (musical score)

Cinematography by

Archie Stout ... (cinematography)
William H. Clothier ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

Jack Murray

Art Direction by

James Basevi

Makeup Department

Emile LaVigne ... makeup artist

Production Management

William Forsyth ... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Bernard McEveety ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Lowell J. Farrell ... assistant director (as Lowell Farrell)
Cliff Lyons ... second unit director (uncredited)
Frank Parmenter ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Jack Golconda ... properties (as Jack Galconda)
Joseph Kish ... set dressings
Robert Clark ... foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

Joseph I. Kane ... sound
Frank Webster ... sound

Special Effects by

Dave Koehler ... special effects
Daniel Hays ... special effects (uncredited)


Frank Baker ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Carson ... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Ben Johnson ... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose ... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... stunts (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Eddie Fitzgerald ... camera operator (uncredited)
Carl Gibson ... grip (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

D.R.O. Hatswell ... costume research
Michael Meyers ... wardrobe: men's
Ann Peck ... wardrobe: ladies'
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

Lucien Cailliet ... conductor / music arranger
Morton Downey ... playback singer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Meta Stern ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Katherine Cliffton ... research editor
Merian C. Cooper ... presenter
John Ford ... presenter
Philip Kieffer ... technical advisor (as Major Philip Kieffer USA Rtd.)
Katharine Spaatz ... technical advisor
Kenny Williams ... dance sequences
Sid Davis ... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
James Green ... set doctor (uncredited)
Paul Mantz ... aerial liaison (uncredited)
Robert Nielson ... set doctor (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... executive assistant (uncredited)
Charles Quesnel ... auditor (uncredited)
Tom Wood ... assistant publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • War Party (United States)
  • Cavalry 1: Fort Apache (World-wide, English title)
  • Le Massacre de Fort-Apache (France)
  • Bis zum letzten Mann (Germany)
  • Форт Апачи (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 128 min
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Budget $2,500,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The cast member who had the hardest time with John Ford was John Agar, making his film debut. Whether it was because Agar was newly married to Ford's beloved Shirley Temple or because he wanted to test him, the director rode him mercilessly, calling him "Mr. Temple" in front of everyone, criticizing the way he delivered lines, chastising him for his lack of expert horsemanship. One day Agar stormed off, vowing to quit the picture, but John Wayne took him aside and helped him with some of the more difficult aspects of his job. See more »
Goofs When Capt Yorke reports to Col Thursday at the NCO's dance, he says that Cochise and his people have crossed the Rio Bravo back to American soil. This movie takes place in Arizona, there is no river separating Arizona from Mexico. The Rio Bravo (Rio Grande in US) separates only Texas and no other states from Mexico. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into John Ford: The Man Who Invented America (2019). See more »
Soundtracks Sweet Genevieve See more »
Quotes Lt. Col. Thursday: This Lt. O'Rourke - are you by chance related?
RSM Michael O'Rourke: Not by chance, sir, by blood. He's my son.
Lt. Col. Thursday: I see. How did he happen to get into West Point?
RSM Michael O'Rourke: It happened by presidential appointment, sir
Lt. Col. Thursday: Are you a former officer, O'Rourke?
RSM Michael O'Rourke: During the war, I was a major in the 69th New York regiment... The Irish Brigade, sir.
Lt. Col. Thursday: Still, it's been my impression that presidential appointments were restricted to sons of holders of the Medal of Honor.
RSM Michael O'Rourke: That is my impression, too, sir. Will that be all, sir?
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