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The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)

Approved | | Action, Romance, War | April 1957 (USA)
Union Army deserter, Lt. Hewitt, trains a rag tag band of all-female homesteaders to defend themselves against a Comanche tribe on the warpath.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Walter Doniger (screenplay), C. William Harrison (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Lt. Frank Hewitt
Kathryn Grant ... Anne Martin
Hope Emerson ... Hannah Lacey
Jeff Donnell ... Mary Wheller
Jeanette Nolan ... Cora Melavan
Sean McClory ... Emmett Kettle
Ernestine Wade Ernestine Wade ... Hetty
Peggy Maley ... Lucy Conover
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Charlotte Ogden
Patricia Tiernan ... Stella Leatham (as Patricia Livingston)
Kim Charney Kim Charney ... Bax Leatham
Ray Teal ... Salt Pork
Nestor Paiva ... Tortilla
James Griffith ... Kipper
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Storyline

Lt. Frank Hewitt deserts the Union Army to warn former Texas neighbors of impending Indian attacks triggered by Army massacre. He overcomes initial distrust and convinces the homesteaders (all women whose men are away fighting in the Confederate Army) to take refuge in an abandoned mission. He trains them to fight and shoot in anticipation of the attack. The only other man at the mission runs away o save his scalp and ends up leading the Indians back to the mission. Surrounded and outnumbered, the defenders prepare for the final assault.. Written by Rita Richardson

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Taglines:

GOOD WOMEN...BAD WOMEN...BRAWLING WOMEN...BRAVE WOMEN! They were all soldiers in skirts!

Genres:

Action | Romance | War | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Fort der mutigen Frauen See more »

Filming Locations:

Amado, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: Near the close of the Civil War the Northern Cavalry made every effort to keep the Indian on the reservation. See more »

Goofs

All of the horses in the film are clearly shod. Indian horses did not wear shoes as the Native people did have blacksmithing shops or farriers. See more »

Connections

Edited into Land Raiders (1970) See more »

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Lardy Dah
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Written by Fred Karger and George Marshall
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Enjoyable low budget western turns the genre upside down
19 October 2017 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

In 1864, in a Colorado fort, Lt. Frank Hewitt (Murphy) deserts after failing to talk his commanding officer, Col. Chivington (Ainslie Pryor) out of attacking an Indian village that has only women and children in it. The village is located on Sand Creek. Chivington and his company massacre the inhabitants, and their male survivors swear vengeance. The rest of the film is about Hewitt's race to inform the female settlers and children (the men are away fighting the Civil War) that they are in danger. To complicate matters, the settlers are Confederate, and Hewitt is on the Union side.

Murphy is earnest and sincere in his role, and it's a relief to see him lose his temper in a film for a change. Kathryn Grant made no impression whatsoever, aside from being pretty. As Hannah Lacey, Emerson was the best player in the film. Whether she was ready to kill Hewitt at first sight, or turning thirty some women into soldiers, she was a funny, welcome presence.


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