Deep into the territory of the great Apache chief, Cochise, the demoted Civil War general, Lieutenant Colonel Owen Thursday, reports for duty as a commanding officer at the remote U.S. cavalry outpost known as Fort Apache, along with his daughter, Philadelphia. There, the arrogant commander will soon lock horns with the realistic and sensible second-in-command, Captain Kirby York, who, as an expert in the local Apaches, disagrees with Thursday who wants to make a name for himself in the Arizona frontier. In the end, is it wise to engage in battle when personal glory is all you seek?Written by
The plot was loosely based on the famous 1876 cavalry/Indian battle known as "Custer's Last Stand" at the Little Big Horn River in Montana, with Thursday as George Armstrong Custer (whose birthday was Dec. 5, 1839--a Thursday), and substituted Apaches for the Sioux. The cover-up by the survivors and the military of Thursday's blunder is in line with the cover-up of Custer's mistakes and deliberate disobedience of orders at Little Big Horn. See more »
During the dance in the Sergeants Mess, when the dancers are coming round in front of the camera in fours, one of the dancers curtsies, but none of the other women do this. They had already done so in a previous shot and obviously the woman must have been confused. See more »
First Sgt. Festus Mulcahy:
[after Co. Thursday has told the soldiers to destroy the contraband "whiskey"]
"Destroy it," he says. Well, boys, we've a man's work ahead of us this day.
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Wonderfully shot Ford film with a lively look at the spirit of the Cavalry
First entry in trilogy cavalry including glorification of military life , familiar drama , love and sentimental nostalgia with interesting character studio of a varied assortment of individuals . This is the initial outing in John Ford's trilogy cavalry continuing ¨ She wore a yellow ribbon¨ and ¨Rio Grande ¨ based on stories by James Warner Bellah . It's a first-rate Western masterfully directed by the great John Ford . This is a great Western drama, John Ford's lusty realization and a real classic . Commandant Owen ( Henry Fonda ) is a new and rigid Colonel who arrives along with his young daughter (Shirley Temple) in a fort nearly to Mexican frontier. Owen decides to do a name for himself by beginning a war with the Apaches Chiricaguas and Mezcaleros led by Cochise , against the advice of his two experienced captains ( John Wayne , George O'Brien ). Then the commandant of the far outpost - who has a difficult relationship to his underlings - leads a dangerous campaign against the Indians .
This classic picture ranks as one of the best of John Ford's work. It contains Ford's usual themes as familiar feeling , a little bit of enjoyable humor, a community decided to build the civilization on a virgin territory , friendship and and sense of comradeship among people . Furthermore , ample shots on cloudy and nebulous skies , prairies and mountains filmed at Monument Valley and Professor Valley. Interesting screenplay portraying in depth characters and brooding events with interesting issues running beneath script surface is written by Frank S. Nugent based on a story by James Warner Bellah , booth of whom are John Ford's habitual . Spectacular scenes when the Apaches Indian-Chiricagua and Mezcaleros-spontaneously attack the unit in its last stand .
This excellent film featuring a magnificent performance by whole casting . Awesome John Wayne in a larger-than-life character . Enticing and intimate Shirley Temple , Irene Rich , Anna Lee in sensible roles with sensational performances . Excellent co-starring cast , introducing John Agar - subsequently remembered as the lieutenant in 'she wore a yellow ribbon' , here his first main role . Good cinematography by William H. Clothier and Archie Stout reflecting splendidly marvelous outdoors from mythical Monument Valley , a place that Ford was often to revisit and he befriends Indians tribes . Emotive and vivid score by Richard Hageman based on traditional music ; it contains a wonderful song that is sung on some touching scenes among sweet glances of John Agar and Shirley Temple . In the movie appears all habitual Ford's friends as War Bond , Dick Foran ,Jack Pennick , Hank Worden , Grant Withers , Jack Pennick , Guy Keebe, Pedro Armendariz and , of course , the great Victor McLagen as grumpy sergeant in charge of training the new recruits . The movie is stunningly produced by Merian C Cooper - Argosy Pictures Production- and magnificently filmed by Ford with direction assistant by Cliff Lyons . Avoid a horrible version shown in computer-colored . Rating : Very good, better than average.
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