Captain Maddocks will never be promoted beyond Captain because of a mistake that he made in the past. Lt. McQuade is a green rookie who is now under the command of the tough Captain and he does not seem to be able to do anything right. Lt. McQuade also has trouble with Tracey, but it will be the renegade Indians that will test him and teach him the importance of following orders.Written by
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The real Fort Canby was named after General Edward R.S. Canby. Canby military career was spent in the west. Including, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, and California. Even during the Civil War, he was involved in a major battle in New Mexico that led to his promotion from Colonel to General. He was murdered along with Minister at peace conference by a Modoc Indian. The Indian attacked him without warning while they talked. The general was shot twice in the head and his throat was cut. See more »
When an Indian sneaks into the Fort at night and stabs a guard he is chased out of the Fort by the Captain and lieutenant. The Fort has a big iron spiked gate that the groups enter through in several shots and yet the Indian attacker enters the compound over a short fence they all jump over. See more »
Richard Boone's interpretation compared with John Wayne
This movie is interesting, as the two central characters played by Richard Boone and George Hamilton are,in the story by James Warner Bellah, Capt. Nathan Brittles and Lt. Clint Cohill, who appear in the John Ford classic 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon'. John Wayne's gruff but fatherly character contrasts with Boone's gruff but miserable martinet. We also know (or may infer) from 'Ribbon' that it is Cohill's father,General Cohill, who has blocked Brittles's promotion. Hence the 'attitude'. Boone's character could have been played more sympathetically, but he does come across as an experienced old hand who outwits his Apache foe and in the process teaches valuable lessons to his protege.
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