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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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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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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)

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Drama | Romance | War | Western

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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 »

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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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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 »

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe
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Troops Stretched Thin
27 March 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Two Flags West begins with Confederate colonel Joseph Cotten given an offer to have his men get paroled from prison if they'll serve in the union army out west where the troops are stretched pretty thin. Over some objections he takes the offer from Captain Cornel Wilde.

Wilde takes Cotten and his men to Fort Thorn in the Southwest which is commanded by rebel hating and Indian hating Jeff Chandler. There's a good reason why this guy is in a backwater command as you'll see as the film unfolds. In addition there's Linda Darnell, wife of Chandler's late brother who was killed in the Civil War and who all three guys have their eyes on. But Chandler scares Darnell as well he should.

It was interesting to see Chandler whose career role was Cochise playing an Indian hater. But he does successfully put over the character. His Indian hating causes a lot of tragedy before the film is over.

Two Flags West is a brooding kind of western that's not for the squeamish. It's an exceptionally violent film that I'm not sure how it got through the Code. It's one of Jeff Chandler's best early roles, too bad Universal didn't cast him in more films like Two Flags West.


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