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The Man from the Alamo (1953)

Approved | | Drama, 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:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

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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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Chill Wills (who plays John Gage in this film) was also in "The Alamo" (1960) playing Beekeeper. See more »

Goofs

When Sam Houston enters the town of Franklin and has the townsfolk called together to announce that the Alamo has fallen, he's wearing a blue US Army cavalry hat with crossed swords that dates from at least the Civil War, which started in 1861. The Alamo fell in 1836. See more »

Quotes

[Reb is complaining about being cooped up in the Alamo]
John Stroud: If you get tired of it here, why don't you walk out?
Reb: I think the biggest mistake I ever made was when I walked in.
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Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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"I didn't know we were at War with Children"
31 March 2013 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

There is always something interesting and just a bit different in this Director's Movies. This one is no exception. It is replete with thought provoking ideas like cowardice, bigotry, loyalty, and other values only found in the better Westerns.

This is an action filled Film with guns blazing, galloping Horses, Wagon Trains, bushwhackers, Mexican impersonators, fist-fights and all that is expected in this type of thing. But the difference here is the intelligence. The injection in a popular genre some things that rose above the material.

Budd Boetticher, Anthony Mann, and sometimes John Ford and Howard Hawks always gave more than the raw material. This is a modest effort from one of the Greats with an OK cast and a Production that looks so much bigger than it was. That was Boetticher, he was always so much bigger and better than what he was allowed.


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