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Oh! Susanna (1951)

Approved | | Western | 3 March 1951 (USA)
A cavalry unit defends settlers against rampaging Sioux Indians.

Director:

Joseph Kane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Cameron ... Captain Webb Calhoun
Lorna Gray ... Lia Wilson (as Adrian Booth)
Forrest Tucker ... Lieutenant Colonel Unger
Chill Wills ... Sergeant Barhydt
William Ching ... Corporal Donlin
Jim Davis ... Ira Jordan
Wally Cassell ... Trooper Muro
Jimmy Lydon ... Trumpeter Benton (as James Lydon)
Douglas Kennedy ... Trooper Emers
William Haade ... Trooper Riorty
John Compton John Compton ... Lieutenant Cutter
James Flavin ... Captain Worth
Charles Stevens ... Charlie Grass
Al Bridge ... Jake Ledbetter (as Alan Bridge)
Marion Randolph Marion Randolph ... Mrs. Worth
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A cavalry unit defends settlers against rampaging Sioux Indians.

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Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apachenschlacht am schwarzen Berge See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Trumpeter Benton: Wishing you could fill up on whiskey, Mr. Riorty?
Trooper Riorty: I told ya, whiskey don't make a man brave. It just helps him forget he's petrified!
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The Regular Army, Oh
Written by Ed Harrigan
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Pretty good, but not in the same league as Fort Apache
10 June 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As Herbert J. Yates of Republic Pictures was losing his stable of cowboy stars to television one way or another, he started doing serious westerns such as this one. Oh! Susanna in which the song is heard over the title credits and not again is a good cavalry western that borrows a great deal from the John Ford classic Fort Apache. They even use the same song about 40 miles a day on beans and hay. And John Ford regular Jack Pennick an old horse cavalryman was technical adviser.

The director was Joseph Kane who cut his teeth on Gene Autry and Roy Rogers features was now branching into more serious work. Like Fort Apache the conflict is between two officers, new commander Lieutenant Colonel Forrest Tucker and Rod Cameron the captain who was in charge of the fort before. Tucker rose through the ranks and he truly hates West Point types like Cameron. Especially those like Cameron who take their orders seriously about keeping settlers out of the Sioux's sacred Black Hills territory. Cameron and Tucker are also rivals for Lorna Gray who works in Jim Davis's saloon and Davis has an interest in her as well. Tucker has no compunction about pulling rank.

In Fort Apache there was a certain poetic nobility invested in both the main characters of John Wayne and Henry Fonda. But John Ford was a poet on the screen. Nothing terribly noble about Tucker in fact he's downright stupid. There's quite a bit of similarity with another Henry Fonda film Mister Roberts with Fonda's rivalry with his captain James Cagney.

A lot of the enlisted men could have easily been drawn from any of John Ford's cavalry film. Chill Wills plays the sergeant assigned to Cameron's platoon who narrates at the beginning and the end and it is his eyes through which the film is seen. This is one of Chill Wills's best screen roles.

If you didn't see the similarities between Fort Apache and Oh! Susanna before the ending is taken right from that film. Fort Apache is one of my favorite westerns and while Oh! Susanna is not in the same league, it's still a pretty good western


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