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7th Cavalry (1956)

Approved | | Western | December 1956 (USA)
An officer accused of cowardice volunteers to bring back General Custers's body after Little Big Horn.

Director:

Joseph H. Lewis

Writers:

Peter Packer (screenplay), Glendon Swarthout (based on a story by) (as Glendon F. Swarthout)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Capt. Tom Benson
Barbara Hale ... Martha Kellogg
Jay C. Flippen ... Sgt. Bates
Frank Faylen ... Sgt. Kruger
Jeanette Nolan ... Charlotte Reynolds
Leo Gordon ... Vogel
Denver Pyle ... Dixon
Harry Carey Jr. ... Cpl. Morrison
Michael Pate ... Capt. Benteen
Donald Curtis ... Lt. Bob Fitch
Frank Wilcox ... Maj. Reno
Pat Hogan ... Young Hawk
Russell Hicks ... Col. Kellogg
Peter Ortiz Peter Ortiz ... Pollock
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Storyline

Returning to Fort Lincoln, Captain Benson learns of Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn. At the inquiry as Custer's Officers blame Custer for the defeat, Benson tries to defend him. But Benson was suspiciously absent at the time of the battle and is now despised by the troops. So when an order to retrieve the bodies from the battlefield arrives, Benson volunteers for the dangerous mission of returning back into Indian territory. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Taglines:

CHARGING THE BATTLE LINES OF THE SIOUX AND THE CHEYENNES! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seventh Cavalry See more »

Filming Locations:

Bacerac, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The saddle on Capt. Benson's horse is an early " plantation saddle". Often officers, especially on the frontier would substitute personal equipment for military equipment based on taste & pocketbook. See more »

Goofs

The flag lowered at the end of the movie has 35 stars in a rectangular 5x7 pattern. The Battle of Little Bighorn took place in 1876, when the US flag actually had 37 stars. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Capt. Tom Benson: We'll be able to see the fort from the top of the next rise.
[Tom and Martha ride a little farther]
Capt. Tom Benson: There she is - Fort Lincoln, the base of the finest cavalry regiment in the country - and our home.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Capt. Benson was returning with his future bride, to his post commanded by the gallant Indian fighter Colonel Custer, who had prepared the famous 7th for all out war with the Sioux. See more »

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It plays a bit fast and loose with history, but it is entertaining.
26 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"7th Cavalry" picks up just after General Custer and his command is wiped out at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Captain Benson (Randolph Scott) was away on personal leave, so he somehow missed out on the massacre. However, folks are looking for a scapegoat and folks second-guess Benson and brand him a coward. Not wanting to live with disgrace, he volunteers to do an insanely difficult duty--to go into Indian territory and bury the Cavalry's dead. Oddly, instead of taking competent soldiers, he takes the scum of the regiment--guys who DID survive due to their own cowardice. Can these guys somehow redeem themselves?

The film is not based 100% on real history--which is VERY typical of most westerns. Benson and his mission is entirely fictional. However, one thing that isn't is that some officers, rightfully, questioned the competence of General Custer. He was, according to most historians, an incompetent who made many serious blunders due to his own hubris. So, when the soldiers openly question his decisions that led to the battle, that is pretty much fact--despite Benson defending his commander's decisions.

So is it any good? Well, I gave the film an 8. This is mostly because they acting is very nice and compared to other films of the genre from this age, it stands well above most due to very nice acting and an interesting what if scenario.


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