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Fort Courageous (1965)

Approved | | Action, Western | 1 May 1965 (USA)
An ex-cavalry sergeant, being escorted to prison after being convicted of a crime he didn't commit, finds himself leading the remnants of a unit that has been under Indian attack at a fort.... See full summary »


Lesley Selander


Richard H. Landau (as Richard Landau)




Cast overview:
Fred Beir ... Sgt. Lucas
Don 'Red' Barry ... Capt. Howard (as Donald Barry)
Hanna Landy ... The Mother
Harry Lauter ... Joe
Walter Reed ... Doc
Joe Patridge Joe Patridge ... Soldier (as Joseph Patridge)
Michael Carr ... Indian
Fred Krone Fred Krone ... Soldier
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... Indian
Cheryl MacDonald Cheryl MacDonald ... Daughter
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An ex-cavalry sergeant, being escorted to prison after being convicted of a crime he didn't commit, finds himself leading the remnants of a unit that has been under Indian attack at a fort. The commanding officer has been killed, the Indians vastly outnumber them, and the only bargaining chip they have is the fact that they have captured the Indian chief's son. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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This film is a virtual scene-for-scene remake of Fort Bowie (1958), and in fact the battle scene that opens the film is lifted entirely from it. See more »


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Noirish B-Western Hits The Mark, Until The Finale!
15 June 2014 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

On his way to the military prison on Alcatraz, wrongly convicted soldier Fred Beir and his transport are attacked by marauding Indians. Barely making it to the fort, Beir and the rest of his men find it the site of a massacre and themselves surrounded.

One of the last of the old-fashioned studio B-westerns, this is a stark, grim affair, with some nasty bits of violence and torture, a weird preoccupation with sexual assault(!) and a mean performance by Donald "Red" Barry as the fort's commanding officer and lone survivor.

However, it drops the ball in the end, with a hastily tacked-on romance and a conclusion that's abrupt, painfully unrealistic and patently bizarre. Clocking in at a slim seventy-two minutes, there's really no excuse in the world for it to end so abruptly and so unsatisfactory!

Still, it's worth watching for the most part. There's some nice black-and-white photography and a grittiness that anticipates the wave of spaghetti westerns and their American counterparts that flooded US theaters the following year and pretty much ended the need for these kind of cheaply made westerns.

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1 May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fort Courage See more »

Filming Locations:

Fredonia, Arizona, USA See more »

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Steve Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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