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Two Flags West (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 18 January 1951 (Chile)
Forced by circumstances,Confederate POWs and Union soldiers join forces against Indians but old animosities resurface during their fragile alliance.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Curtis Kenyon (story), Frank S. Nugent (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Cotten ... Col. Clay Tucker
Linda Darnell ... Elena Kenniston
Jeff Chandler ... Maj. Henry Kenniston
Cornel Wilde ... Capt. Mark Bradford
Dale Robertson ... Lem
Jay C. Flippen ... Sgt. Terrance Duey
Noah Beery Jr. ... Cy Davis (as Noah Beery)
Harry von Zell ... Ephraim Strong
Johnny Sands ... Lt. Adams (as John Sands)
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Sgt. Pickens
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Storyline

During the Civil War, in 1863,Confederate prisoners of war agree to join forces with the Union Army in the common fight against Indians.In return,the Confederate POWs are promised their freedom by President Lincoln during his Special Proclamation.A company of Confederate Georgia cavalry POWs,under the command of Confederate Colonel Clay Tucker, joins the Union on the sole condition they wouldn't have to fight against the Confederacy.The company is sent to the isolated and undermanned Fort Thorn, New Mexico, on the Western frontier. The fort is commanded by Union major Henry Kenniston who is limping from an old war wound and who hates Confederates.The old animosities between Unionists and Confederates quickly resurface during their fragile alliance against the Indians. Written by nufs68

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Taglines:

UNFURLS THE BANNER TO HIGH ADVENTURE! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Jeff Chandler, who was in the very early stages of his career, admired Joseph Cotten so much that he would show up to watch the veteran actor work even when he was not scheduled to be there. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1864 but the pistol a trooper uses to nail up a picture appears to be a Remington model 1875 Single Action Army Revolver using metallic cartridges which wasn't introduced until 1875. He should have carried either a Colt 1860 Cap & Ball revolver or a Remington 1858 Cap & Ball revolver. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm a Good Old Rebel
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Traditional
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The Blue and Gray against Indians
24 May 2003 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

This gritty western is a post-Civil War affair set in New Mexico where soldiers of the Blue and the Gray are obliged to let bygones be bygones and tame the wild frontier for westward expansion. The usual antagonisms are present in abundance, with Union officers reluctant to trust the Confederate troops and question their allegiance to the United States. A top cast is headed by Joseph Cotten and Jeff Chandler, who constantly spar with each other about men, munitions and how to meet the Indian threat. Linda Darnell is the lone femme in the cast and her presence sparks romantic interest and jealousy in equal measure at the army post. The Yank-Rebel forces manage to put their bickering aside to defend against an Indian attack that remains one of the best ever filmed. The black and white lensing is good and enhances director Robert Wise's fine film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1951 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

Trumpet to the Morn See more »

Filming Locations:

Shipman Ranch, New Mexico, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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