The first film of John Ford's celebrated Cavalry Trilogy, FORT APACHE mirrors the effects of the director's wartime experience on his attitude toward military command. Lt. Col. Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda), a West Point-trained Civil War veteran, is sent to command the remote Arizona outpost of Fort Apache. An arrogant, by-the-book officer, he's annoyed at having drawn such an ignominious assignment. Despite the warnings of veteran Indian-fighter Capt. Kirby York (John Wayne), he dismisses the notion that a group of savages could possibly be of concern to one possessing his military prowess. After Thursday's daughter, Philadelphia (Shirley Temple), and young Lt. Michael O'Rourke (Ward Bond) find the bodies of some mutilated soldiers, it's discovered that Indian agent Silas Meacham (Grant Withers) has been stirring the Apaches up by selling them liquor illegally. York persuades Thursday to withhold all action until he can arrange peace talks with Cochise (Miguel Inclan), but when the Indian chief shows up for the palaver he finds that the blindly willful army commander has called out the entire regiment for an attack on the Apache force. A tragic, absorbingly complex study of the problems of command, FORT APACHE benefits enormously from Fonda's superb performance and the exhaustive research of screenwriter Frank S. Nugent into Apache culture and the army outposts of the era.
Pedro Armendariz - Great Mexican Actor, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
Irene Rich - American Actress
Archie Stout - American Cinematographer
Archibald Stout - American Cinematographer
A.J. Stout - American Cinematographer
John Ford - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Sean Aloysius O'Feeney - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Merian C. Cooper - American Producer/"King Kong"
Merian Cooper - American Producer/"King Kong"
James Basevi - Production Designer/Efx
Anna Lee - British Actress
Joan Boniface Winnifrith - British Actress
Guy Kibbee - American Comic Actor
Henry Fonda - Oscar winning actor, ON GOLDEN POND
Heny Jaynes Fonda - Oscar winning actor, ON GOLDEN POND
Jack Murray - Editor\"The Quiet Man"
Shirley Temple - American child star, THE LITTLE PRINCESS
Shirley Temple Black - American child star, THE LITTLE PRINCESS
Victor McLaglen - Actor
John Agar - American Actor, THE MOLE PEOPLE; married Marilyn Monroe
John Wayne - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Marion Michael Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Duke Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Dick Foran - American Supporting Actor
Richard Foran - American Supporting Actor
Dick "The Singing Cowboy" Foran - American Supporting Actor
Frank S. Nugent - American Screenwriter, THE QUIET MAN (1952)
Frank Nugent - American Screenwriter, THE QUIET MAN (1952)
Ward Bond - American Character Actor
After a distinguished military career in the east, a rigid and domineering colonel is assigned to the remote western cavalry post of Fort Apache. Viewing this assignment as a demotion, he resists the advice of his more experienced captains and learns the hard way that if he doesn't listen, his ignorance of the territory will lead to tragedy.
The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."