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Fort Defiance (1951)

Approved | | Western | 9 October 1951 (USA)
A former Civil War solider bent on killing the man whose surrender got his brother killed, later finds out a rancher wants that same man and his blind brother killed.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Johnny Tallon
... Ben Shelby
... Ned Tallon
Tracey Roberts ... Julie Morse
... Uncle Charlie Tallon
... Jed Brown, Stagecoach Driver
... Brave Bear (as Iron Eyes)
... Lt. Lucas
Craig Woods ... Dave Parker
... Kincaid
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower ... Hankey (as Bryan Hightower)
Phil Rawlins ... Les (as David Rawlins)
Jerry Ambler ... Cheyenne
... Tracy, Barfly
Wes Hudman ... Stranger (as Wesley Hudman)
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It's just after the Civil War and Ben Shelby arrives looking for Johnny Tallon whom he plans to kill. Shelby was the only survivor of a battle due to the cowardice of Tallon. Thinking Tallon dead, another man who lost a brother at the same battle arrives to kill Tallon's blind brother. Tallon arrives to find Shelby and his brother fleeing. Then they are attacked by Indians and Shelby and Tallon must now fight together postponing the inevitable showdown. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Ataque ao Forte  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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[Speaking over Hankey's body]
Johnny Tallon: Hankey was a good man. He didn't have any feelings about anything. All he had was loyalty.
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We should all have a friend like Ben Shelby!
28 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Nice guy, Ned Tallon, now blind, is waiting for older brother, Johnny, to come home from the war and help get the ranch back on its feet. A newly arrived stranger, Ben Shelby, reports that Johnny deserted his outfit, costing many men their lives, then became a bank robber and was killed. When the desertion story gets out, relatives of several men who died want brother Ned buried, too. Ben steps in to save Ned by helping him skedaddle to Navajo territory -- but the Navajo have just been told that its Reservation Time, and they're none to pleased. ...now guess who shows up!

Pretty good yarn. Fair amount of action. Rugged Arizona scenery. A good Ben Johnson role. Interesting to see Peter Graves in one of his earliest films.


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