Lieutenant Tom Cantrell is sent to defend Sergeant Braxton Rutledge, a black cavalry soldier, on a charge of rape and murder. The story begins in a courtroom and it is told through flashbacks. This is a story of how a black soldier in the face of danger from the Indians can be so easily mistaken as a criminal.
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During defense counsel's testimony the lieutenant testifies that he and his men "arrived at Spindle Station shortly after dawn". Judging by the shadows being cast while at the gate it looks like the time would more likely be 10 or 11 a.m. The scene changes to the front of the station and the shadows of the posts are much longer suggesting earlier morning or late afternoon - neither of which are consistent with dawn. See more
Lt. Tom Cantrell
[Complaining about the prosecutor's tactics
A soldier's life is at stake and this man is playing cheap legal tricks!
Referenced in John Ford et Monument Valley
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