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Fort Dobbs (1958)

Approved | | Western | 18 April 1958 (USA)
Eluding a sheriff's posse, an escaped man saves a farming family from a Comanche attack and escorts it to the nearby Fort Dobbs.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

George W. George (story "Backtrack"), Burt Kennedy (story "Backtrack")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Clint Walker ... Gar Davis
Virginia Mayo ... Celia Gray
Brian Keith ... Clett
Richard Eyer ... Chad Gray
Russ Conway ... Sheriff of Largo
Michael Dante ... Billings
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Storyline

Having eluded a posse, a wanted man rescues a woman and her young son from a Comanche attack. He then escorts them to the presumed safety of a U.S. Cavalry fort. Trouble develops along the way when the woman comes to believe that her rescuer was responsible for the recent death of her husband. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Taglines:

Getting There Was MURDER-Getting Out Was Hell! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fifteen Bullets from Fort Dobbs See more »

Filming Locations:

Fredonia, Arizona, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 1958, this film was distributed on a double bill with Escape from San Quentin (1957). See more »

Goofs

The flag flying over the fort has 37 stars, in a 7-8-7-8-7 row pattern. The actual 37-star flag of the U.S. from July 4, 1867 until July 3, 1877 had an 8-7-7-7-8 row pattern, with the end stars on the first and last row extending over the other three rows. See more »

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A cut-above average Warner Brother's Western.
18 February 2010 | by keith-73See all my reviews

In the late 1950's, Warner Brothers was the studio responsible for more westerns on television than any other production company in town (the town being Hollywood, of course!) They made stars out Clint Walker, Ty Hardin, James Garner, Jack Kelly and a host of others who appeared in their half hour and then one hour western dramas, which later became parodies of themselves, as the long running Maverick will prove.

Here, they rework the "Hondo" plot (lone gunman rescues a woman and her son after finding her husband dead) and spend two thirds of the movie getting themselves to Fort Dobbs. I'll stop there, because actually, under the considered hand of director Gordon Douglas, this is actually an okay film. Walker gives a very quiet performance but it's his character, so you buy it. Virginia Mayo and Richard Eyer give better performances, one scene with the kid especially cool-- and the standard cowboys vs. Indians plot is made a bit more edgy by the presence of Brian Keith as the bad guy. He doesn't show up until the 30 minute mark, but he steals the show and has a great time playing the bad guy.

The final scene is laughable ( not in a good way, sorry to say) but prior to that, the action is okay, inter cut with some out takes from "The Searchers", which don't match the Fort Dobbs footage at all.

Contains all the usual Warner Brothers sound effects, gun shots and bodies hitting the ground you've heard hundreds of times. Also, the music was by Max Steiner, which notched it up to a 7 for me.

If you get a chance, give it a look. VERY LITTLE studio work, a whole lot out OUT DOOR SHOOTING, another high point.


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