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Column South (1953)

Approved | | Western | 10 July 1953 (UK)
Before the Civil War, Lt. Jed Sayre's efforts to conciliate the cavalry and the Navajo are undermined by his racist C.O. and Confederate sympathizers.

Director:

Frederick De Cordova (as Frederick de Cordova)

Writers:

William Sackheim (story), William Sackheim (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Lt. Jed Sayre
Joan Evans ... Marcy Whitlock
Robert Sterling ... Capt. Lee Whitlock
Ray Collins ... Brig. Gen. Storey
Dennis Weaver ... Menguito
Gregg Palmer ... Chalmers (as Palmer Lee)
Russell Johnson ... Cpl. Biddle
Jack Kelly ... Trooper Vaness
Johnny Downs ... Lt. Posick
Bob Steele ... Sgt. McAfee
James Best ... Primrose
Ralph Moody ... Joe Copper Face
Rico Alaniz ... Trooper Chavez
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Boyd Stockman
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Storyline

As Lt. Jed Sayre struggles to prevent pre-Civil War tensions and a racist commanding officer from triggering war between the U.S. Cavalry and Navajo Indians, he finds his efforts are being undermined by the machinations of Confederate sympathizers. Written by Michelle Sturges

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Taglines:

The courage of the U.S. cavalry ! The vengeance of the war-crazed Navajo ! The last flaming stand at Fort Union ! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Todos eran valientes See more »

Filming Locations:

Victorville, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,100,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some 25+ years later James Best and Denver Pyle would work together on the Dukes of Hazard. See more »

Goofs

Ray Collins's character is "Gen. Stone" in dialogue, but "Gen. Storey" in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Jed Sayre: Then the peace is strong, Menquito?
Menguito: It will always be strong so long as there are men with strong minds to guard it well.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: FORT UNION

TERRITORY OF NEW MEXICO

JANUARY 1861 See more »

Soundtracks

John Brown's Body
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
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Column South is a Surprise
23 June 2017 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

Westerns that feature a cavalry theme don't hold much attraction for me but this one managed to hold my attention. It has an above average story by William Sackheim that helps - an above average and hard working cast, with above average photography by D.O.P. the Award nominated Charles P. Boyle (Anchors Aweigh '45)

The DVD copy I was given by a friend is from the Umbrella series: Six Shooter Classics (they really must do something about that silly marketing title). Universal originally used the magnificent IB Technicolor process for this film but this disc is well below average (compared with Umbrella's earlier 'Tumble Weed' that looked perfect). Sound transfer is also below standard. Robert Sterling ('Roughshod' '49) is good as the Fort Commander, with good support from Ray Collins, Greg Palmer (Lee) and Joan Evans. Dennis Weaver does very well as the Indian chief with his motley Hollywood tribe. Music is mostly from the Universal stock library and offers little help. Audie Murphy is reliable as always in his way. Veteran director Frederick De Cordova keeps things moving and probably helped with the good dialogue (as he was known to do). Have certainly seen far worse.


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