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13 Fighting Men (1960)

Approved | | Drama, War, Western | April 1960 (USA)
A Union Captain and his troops guard a load of gold from a group of Confederates at the end of the war


Harry Gerstad


Robert Hamner (screenplay), Jack W. Thomas (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Williams ... Capt. John Forrest
Brad Dexter ... Maj. Simon Boyd
Carole Mathews ... Carole Prescott
Robert Dix ... Lt. Wilcox
Richard Garland ... Capt. John Prescott
Richard Crane ... Loomis
Rayford Barnes ... Sgt. Yates
Rex Holman ... Root
John Erwin ... Cpl. McLean
Boyd Holister Boyd Holister ... Pvt. Jensen (as Bob Palmer)
Mauritz Hugo ... Walter Ives
Richard Monahan Richard Monahan ... (as Dick Monahan)
Ted Knight ... Samuel
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Corey (as Fred Kohler)
Stephen Ferry Stephen Ferry ... Sgt. Wade


A Union Captain and his troops guard a load of gold from a group of Confederates at the end of the war

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Drama | War | Western


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April 1960 (USA) See more »

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Thirteen Fighting Men See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Only film directed by known editor Harry Gerstad. See more »


The end of the Civil War is conveyed by a newspaper headline describing General Lee's surrender at Appomattox. However, that was only the surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The war itself was not declared over for another month. However, Confederate troops already seem to have been decommissioned within a few days and have gone home to their families and a Union colonel is riding around the countryside telling Confederate stragglers where to go to be demobbed. See more »


Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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The Habit of War
9 January 2015 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Lee has surrendered to Grant, but Brad Dexter isn't happy with it. So when a horse trader shows up with Union gold in his pockets, he and his men decide they are still Southern patriots -- at least until they collect all that gold and a few dead Yankees.

This was the period when everyone was going through a war-is-hell reaction to World War Two and Korea and this obviously cheap second feature sticks everyone in Civil War garb -- at least this time it's the Southerners who are the bad guys. It's pretty much a rote production, but it's well handled by the actors. Ted Knight is particularly good in a cynical role.

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