Only the Valiant (1951)

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    • Only the Valiant (1951)

      aka Fort Invincible


      Plot Summary
      Capt. Richard Lance is unjustly held responsible, by his men and girlfriend,
      for an Indian massacre death of beloved Lt. Holloway.
      Holloway is killed while escorting a dangerous Indian chief to another fort's prison.
      The chief escapes. Knowing their fort is in danger of Indian attack,
      Lance takes a small group of army misfits to an abandoned nearby army fort
      to defend a mountain pass against the oncoming Indian assault. T
      heir mission is to stall for time until reinforcements from another fort arrive.
      The men in this small group of malcontents, deserters, psychopaths and cowards
      all hate Capt. Lance and wish him dead. Much to their chagrin,
      the men recognize that Lance's survival instincts, military knowledge
      and leadership are the only chance the group has of staying alive.
      Written by E.W. DesMarais

      Gregory Peck ... Capt. Richard Lance
      Barbara Payton ... Cathy Eversham
      Ward Bond ... Cpl. Timothy Gilchrist
      Gig Young ... Lt. William Holloway
      Lon Chaney Jr. ... Trooper Kebussyan (as Lon Chaney)
      Neville Brand ... Sgt. Ben Murdock
      Jeff Corey ... Joe Harmony
      Warner Anderson ... Trooper Rutledge
      Steve Brodie ... Trooper Onstot
      Dan Riss ... Lt. Jerry Winters
      Terry Kilburn ... Trooper Saxton
      Herbert Heyes ... Col. Drumm
      Art Baker ... Capt. Jennings
      Hugh Sanders ... Capt. Eversham
      Michael Ansara ... Tucsos
      Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Drumm
      and many more...

      Gordon Douglas

      Writing Credits
      Edmund H. North ... (screenplay) and
      Harry Brown ... (screenplay)
      Charles Marquis Warren ... (novel)

      William Cagney ... producer

      Franz Waxman

      Lionel Lindon ... director of photography

      Gregory Peck said this was his least favorite of all his movies.
      He regarded the film as a potboiler and a step backwards for his career
      after starring in The Gunfighter (1950).

      According to a biography Gregory Peck himself authorized,
      during filming he had an affair with Barbara Payton.

      Gary Cooper was originally intended for the lead role.

      Lon Chaney Jr and Barbara Peyton would be reunited the same year for Bride Of The Gorilla.

      Trooper Onstott, referred to as a Reb from a prison camp,
      would have been what was known as a "galvanized Yankee,"
      a term used only during the Civil War, between 1863 and 1865 for former Confederate s who took the oath of loyalty to the US, and were sent west to protect the frontier.
      Therefore, the movie takes place during the Civil War.

      A time line was never developed. Since there was ongoing trouble between the Sgt.
      and one of the troopers who was formerly a rebel soldier,
      this had to take place during the Civil war or just after. They do mention that the Gatling gun was just developed, which would make it during the Civil war. All the troopers are carrying Winchester rifles and Colt single action army revolvers, not manufactured until the 1870's. The song, 'Little Brown Jug', is heard and it was written in 1869.

      When Cpl. Gilchrist tells Trooper Saxton to go get him a new pick, Saxton places his shovel against the stone wall and leaves, you can plainly see the shovel start to fall. The next shot shows Saxton (below) and Gilchrist (above), but no shovel on the ground.

      During the the last gun fight, Gilchrist takes an arrow in the right shoulder and falls.
      The next scene shows the Captain helping Gilchrist, but now the arrow is in his left shoulder.
      And in the next scene the wound is in the right shoulder again

      Filming Location
      Gallup, New Mexico, USA

      Watch the Movie

      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Only the Valiant, also known as Fort Invincible,
      is a 1951 Western film produced by William Cagney (younger brother of James Cagney),
      directed by Gordon Douglas starring Gregory Peck, Barbara Payton, Ward Bond.

      The screenplay was written by Edmund H. North and Harry Brown,
      based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Charles Marquis Warren.

      Duke's 'Pals' to look out for,
      Ward Bond, Lon Chaney Jr., Neville Brand

      User Review

      Extremely violent for the time.
      3 February 2001 | by ballystyk(Los Angeles, CA.)

      bally wrote:

      I saw this film twice, both by accident. It is one of those movies that only gets shown at 3:00 am because it is so intense. After seeing this you can understand why John Huston picked Gregory Peck to play Captain Ahab in his version of "Moby Dick". This is a character you can only hate until he redeems himself. The Indians are a serious force of nature whose periodic attacks you fear because the aftermath of each one is so bloody you cringe instinctively which is why I am glad the movie is in Black and White. Gordon Douglas, who also directed one of the greatest monster movies of all time, "THEM", really understands the art of building tension and the pain of violence. Lon Chaney Jr's character goes through some of the same sadistically disturbing drama that Gene Hackman

      went through when his character was shot in "Bonnie and Clyde". A real nail-biter.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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