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The Man from the Alamo (1953)

Approved | | Western | 21 August 1953 (USA)
During the Alamo siege, John Stroud is sent to Ox Bow to protect the townsfolk but, following a massacre, he infiltrates Jess Wade's gang of turncoat renegades supporting the Mexicans.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

Steve Fisher (screenplay), D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... John Stroud
Julie Adams ... Beth Anders (as Julia Adams)
Chill Wills ... John Gage
Hugh O'Brian ... Lt. Lamar
Victor Jory ... Jess Wade
Neville Brand ... Dawes
John Daheim John Daheim ... Cavish (as John Day)
Myra Marsh Myra Marsh ... Ma Anders
Jeanne Cooper ... Kate Lamar
Marc Cavell ... Carlos (as Mark Cavell)
Edward Norris ... Mapes
Guy Williams ... Sergeant
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Storyline

During the war for Texas independence, one man leaves the Alamo before the end (chosen by lot to help others' families) but is too late to accomplish his mission, and is branded a coward. Since he cannot now expose a gang of turncoats, he infiltrates them instead. Can he save a wagon train of refugees from Wade's Guerillas? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Out Of Texas' Bravest Hour... Came The Man They Called The Coward

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann vom Alamo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,150,000, 31 December 1953
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The story of Texas symbolizes the spirit of independence so close to the heart of all Americans. Her people fought for Mexico's freedom from Spain and lived peacefully as a separate province until... ... General Santa Anna seized the presidency of Mexico. They were then faced with the prospect of military government or war. General Sam Houston was entrusted with the task of mapping a course of action that would determine the future of Texas .... See more »

Goofs

The siege of the Alamo occurred in late February and early March. While South Central Texas does not get "cold" in the sense that it would in the Northern United States, temperatures in the mornings and evenings would certainly be in the 30s and even 40s Fahrenheit.

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Quotes

General Sam Houston: I have just received a dispatch that Santa Anna has captured San Antonio. Colonel Travis, with less than 200 men, has withdrawn across the river to the Alamo to prepare for its defense. At the moment, that is the only military force between the Mexican army and the Sabine River... and those men need help!
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Excellent western from the master of tight action
3 December 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Glenn Ford plays the only survivor of the Alamo -- not a very popular man in Texas. Of course, the story gives him a good excuse -- he drew lots with some other Alamo soldiers to see who would go west to defend their homes from Texan bandits hired by the Mexicans, but the families were already dead when he gets there -- but nobody wants to believe him, except one lovely woman on the wagon train he sets out to defend. Only problem is his strategy of siding with the bandits to get into their confidence puts him in a nearly impossible situation.

A well-made film, with convincing action and gritty characters. Unlike other Boetticher westerns, here the scale of the film is "epic" as the future of the West hangs in the balance. Ford makes a surprisingly good substitute for Randolph Scott or John Wayne.


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