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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.

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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

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$1,150,000, 31 December 1953
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Chill Wills (who plays John Gage in this film) was also in "The Alamo" (1960) playing Beekeeper. See more »

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San Antonio, the location of the Alamo, is 200 miles BY CAR from Franklin, Texas, the setting of the film. On horseback that journey would take at least a week on horseback, especially considering the dearth of roads in that era. Much of the action in the film would not be possible given the time constraints caused by this distance.

Equally, the Houston area ( the location of the film's pivotal San Jacinto gathering of troops by Sam Houston) is roughly 150 miles and at least 2-3 days travel on horseback making some elements of the film improbable, if not impossible. See more »

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Jess Wade: Where'd you come from?
John Stroud: Town.
Jess Wade: Why'd you leave?
John Stroud: I had a little throat trouble.
Dawes: They were going to hang him!
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Branded
4 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Drawing straws (or in this case beans) Texas patriot Glenn Ford is picked to leave the Alamo in order to evacuate his and his neighbor's families, only to find them all dead at the hands of marauders and himself branded a coward.

Starting with a fairly colorful, low-budget Alamo siege (shot on a sound-stage!), this is pretty compelling all the way, with an excellent, hard-boiled performance from Ford and nice direction from the great Budd Boetticher, one of the best unsung western filmmakers ever.

This is almost as good as Boetticher's later collaborations with Randolph Scott. My only problem is that this wasn't shot in widescreen.

As far as the supporting cast goes, Chill Wills is always fun to watch, while the incredibly beautiful Julie Adams is always fun to look at, and Neville Brand delivers some great, macho, swaggering villainy that easily overshadows the more subdued Victor Jory.

On the other hand, I can't quite understand the Golden Globe win by Hugh O'Brian. He's okay, but slightly bland as Ford's main accuser.


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