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Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)

Passed | | Western | 4 December 1953 (USA)
3:24 | Trailer
During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Apaches and the pursuing Union troops.


John Sturges


Frank Fenton (screenplay), Philip Rock (story) (as Phillip Rock) | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Capt. Roper
Eleanor Parker ... Carla Forester
John Forsythe ... Capt. John Marsh
William Demarest ... Campbell
William Campbell ... Cabot Young
Polly Bergen ... Alice Owens
Richard Anderson ... Lt. Beecher
Carl Benton Reid ... Col. Owens
John Lupton ... Bailey


A ruthless Union captain is renowned throughout his prison fort as the toughest soldier in the business, capable of capturing every escaped convict under his supervision. However, when he falls in love with a visiting woman some of the prisoners seize the advantage and try to escape while he is in a more "mellow" mood. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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M.G.M.s Great Romance Excitingly photographed in Ansco Color.




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Did You Know?


Richard Anderson was wounded during the "arrow rain" scene, wounded in the shoulder and the leg. See more »


"Oh Dem Golden Slippers", which is heard in the saloon in Lordsville, was written in 1879; See more »


Cabot Young: You must have missed!
Campbell: Naw, we just killed the same one twice!
[takes aim and shoots Indian off his pony with one shot]
Campbell: See what I mean?
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Referenced in Major Dundee (1965) See more »


De Golden Wedding
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Union fort in Arizona used as a Confederate prison camp and surrounded by marauding Mescalero Apaches
27 January 2005 | by Mickey-2See all my reviews

"Escape From Fort Bravo" had a unique western storyline that shifted somewhat during the course of the film, but still left the viewer

with a decent film for its time. Fort Bravo is being used as a Confederate prison camp during the waning months of the American Civil War. Inside the fort's walls are the prisoners, wanting to escape, and the troops of the Union cavalry, trying to prevent their escapes, and outside are the bands of savage Mescalero Apaches, just waiting for anybody to leave the safety of the fort.

William Holden plays Capt. Roper, the Union officer given the dubious task of recapturing any escapees and returning them to Fort Bravo. It's an unpleasant task, he personally dislikes the job, but he does it, and does it all to well, much to the chagrin of the rebels still in the fort. During this time, a female Confederate sympathizer, played by Eleanor Parker, comes to the fort and will attempt to distract Holden, while she manages to enact the escape of her Confederate lover, played by John Forsythe. The escape occurs, some rebel prisoners manage to leave the fort, Parker goes with them, but she does not realize that Holden has come to fall in love with her. Roper, Holden's part, takes a small troop of men out from the fort in pursuit, he hoping to catch up with them before the Apaches do.

Besides the three main leads mentioned above, the supporting cast includes William Demerest, William Campbell, Richard Anderson, Polly Bergen, and in a pre "Broken Arrow" role, John Lupton. Campbell and Demerest do provide some comic relief, playing off each other's abilities, etc., but the lead parts do carry the picture and prevent it from becoming just another Cavalry-Indians western. 7/10

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Release Date:

4 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fort Bravo See more »

Filming Locations:

Rattlesnake, New Mexico, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,520,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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