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
Wrong Guidon/Flag. Early on Capt. York (John Wayne) is relieved of temporary command of Ft. Apache by Lt. Col. Thursday (Henry Fonda) whom then orders him to return to HIS Troop which we learn is "A" Troop. A bit further on in the movie York (Wayne) is ordered to take a platoon from "A" Troop and trail the telegraph repair crew at a striking distance. A moment after that we see that strike force headed by Capt. York being lead by a Trooper/Standard Bearer carrying a "C" Troop guidon/unit flag. See more »
[Co. Thursday has rejoined his men who are pinned down by the Apaches. RSM O'Rourke hands him a pistol]
Lt. Col. Thursday:
Sergeant-Major O'Rourke... my apologies, sir.
RSM Michael O'Rourke:
You can save them, sir, for our grandchildren.
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German version is cut to 92 minutes. It is not not known why the film was cut for the German market in 1948. See more »
Director John Ford's first entry in his cavalry trilogy is this excellent film about life on a military outpost far from the glamorous theaters of the Indian Wars on the northern plains. The film touches on character development of the officers and enlisted men on the post, family relationships and the class distinctions among the military social order. Henry Fonda is great as a bitter, unhappy colonel who feels unappreciated by the military hierarchy and is displeased by his assignment to the isolated desert areas. John Wayne gives the film just the right balance as a captain who looks out for his men and knows Indians. Ford has his regular cast on board for the film, and John Agar and Shirley Temple handle the romantic clinches. The pace is slowed somewhat by comedy bits that add nothing to the film's substance. The black and white camera work is stunning and the music is reflective and melancholy.
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