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The Man from the Alamo (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 21 August 1953 (USA)
During the Alamo siege, John Stroud is sent to Ox Bow to protect the townsfolk but, following a massacre, he infiltrates Jess Wade's gang of turncoat renegades supporting the Mexicans.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

Steve Fisher (screenplay), D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... John Stroud
Julie Adams ... Beth Anders (as Julia Adams)
Chill Wills ... John Gage
Hugh O'Brian ... Lt. Lamar
Victor Jory ... Jess Wade
Neville Brand ... Dawes
John Daheim John Daheim ... Cavish (as John Day)
Myra Marsh Myra Marsh ... Ma Anders
Jeanne Cooper ... Kate Lamar
Marc Cavell ... Carlos (as Mark Cavell)
Edward Norris ... Mapes
Guy Williams ... Sergeant
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Storyline

During the war for Texas independence, one man leaves the Alamo before the end (chosen by lot to help others' families) but is too late to accomplish his mission, and is branded a coward. Since he cannot now expose a gang of turncoats, he infiltrates them instead. Can he save a wagon train of refugees from Wade's Guerillas? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Out Of Texas' Bravest Hour... Came The Man They Called The Coward

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann vom Alamo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,150,000, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a September 1952 Hollywood Reporter news item, Glenn Ford suffered three broken ribs during production when he was thrown against a tree by a horse. Filming was suspended for approximately five weeks. See more »

Goofs

When Sam Houston enters the town of Franklin and has the townsfolk called together to announce that the Alamo has fallen, he's wearing a blue US Army cavalry hat with crossed swords that dates from at least the Civil War, which started in 1861. The Alamo fell in 1836. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Travis: How do you feel, Jim?
Jim Bowie: I'd feel a lot better if somebody moved me out on that wall. I'll never get any shootin' done in here.
Lt. Col. Travis: Don't be too sure of that. There's a lot of 'em left out there. Some of them might even pay you a visit.
Sam: Just bring 'em in! Me and Mr. Bowie all ready for 'em.
Lt. Col. Travis: I don't think we won't have to bring 'em in, Sam. It looks as if they intend to come in on their own.
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hero or coward?
19 February 2000 | by paulo BHSee all my reviews

During the war of independence of Texas, a group of five men of the city of Oxbow chooses, for a raffle, who would leave the fort Alamo to save the families of all them of the Mexican troops. Stroud is the chosen, but is considered a coward by the other men of the fort, that don't know about the real reason of his escape.

However, when arriving to his home, his family and the one of all his companions had been killed by American renegades, that struggled beside of the Mexicans. Now, is the hour of the his revenge! But how to face the hostility of all the Texans that considered him a coward for fleeing of the Alamo?

Happily, his heroic behavior due to the adversities, as when leading a caravan of Texans before an attack of the renegades, will show to his compatriots him real value!

Good film, with good interpretations. An excellent western for a Saturday afternoon.


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