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The Horse Soldiers (12-Jun-1959)

Director: John Ford

Writers: John Lee Mahin; Martin Rackin

From novel by: Harold Sinclair

Music by: David Buttolph

Producers: John Lee Mahin; Martin Rackin

Keywords: Western, Civil War

Col. John Marlowe's cavalry unit is ordered 300 miles behind enemy lines to attack the railway junction at Newton Station. Accompanying him is an Army surgeon, and a southern belle who has overheard their plans. Based on the actual events of Grierson's Raid, intended to dilute Joseph Eggleston Johnston's attention and take pressure off the Vicksburg Campaign.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Willis Bouchey
Actor
24-May-1907 27-Sep-1977 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Ken Curtis
Actor
2-Jul-1916 29-Apr-1991 Festus Haggen on Gunsmoke
Althea Gibson
Tennis
25-Aug-1927 28-Sep-2003 First black woman to win Wimbledon
Hoot Gibson
Actor
6-Aug-1892 23-Aug-1962 Cowboy star of the 20s and 30s
William Holden
Actor
17-Apr-1918 16-Nov-1981 Stalag 17
Anna Lee
Actor
2-Jan-1913 14-May-2004 Lila Quartermaine on General Hospital
Strother Martin
Actor
26-Mar-1919 1-Aug-1980 Cool Hand Luke
Denver Pyle
Actor
11-May-1920 25-Dec-1997 Jesse Duke on Dukes of Hazzard
Bing Russell
Actor
5-May-1926 8-Apr-2003 Dep. Clem Foster on Bonanza
Basil Ruysdael
Actor
24-Jul-1888 10-Oct-1960 The Cocoanuts
Russell Simpson
Actor
17-Jun-1880 12-Dec-1959 The Grapes of Wrath
Constance Towers
Actor
20-May-1933   Shock Corridor
John Wayne
Actor
26-May-1907 11-Jun-1979 The Duke
Hank Worden
Actor
23-Jul-1901 6-Dec-1992 The Searchers
Carleton Young
Actor
21-Oct-1905 7-Nov-1994 20000 Leagues Under the Sea

CAST

John Wayne   ...   Col. John Marlowe
William Holden   ...   Maj. Henry Kendall
With
Constance Towers   ...   Hannah Hunter
And
Judson Pratt   ...   Sgt. Maj. Kirby
Hoot Gibson   ...   Brown
Ken Curtis   ...   Wilkie
Willis Bouchey   ...   Col. Phil Secord
Bing Russell   ...   Dunker
O. Z. Whitehead   ...   Hoppy Hopkins
Hank Worden   ...   Deacon
Chuck Hayward   ...   Union Captain
Denver Pyle   ...   Jagger Jo
Strother Martin   ...   Virgil
Basil Ruysdael   ...   Academy Commandant
Carleton Young   ...   Col. Jonathan Miles
William Leslie   ...   Maj. Richard Gray
William Henry   ...   Confederate Lieutenant
Walter Reed   ...   Union Officer
Anna Lee   ...   Mrs. Buford
William Forrest   ...   Gen. Hurlburt
Ron Hagerthy   ...   Bugler
Russell Simpson   ...   Sheriff Goodbody
With
Althea Gibson   ...   Lukey

REVIEWS

Review by Charles E. Kelly (posted on 25-Dec-2007)

I have seen all of John Wayne's films. Well, almost all of them. For some reason, I like this one, maybe the most. Perhaps it was the subtle, yet smoldering chemistry between Constance Towers and John Wayne. Or maybe it was the Wayne-Holden chemistry. The filming was beautiful. The sets so authentic. And the attention to genuine cavalry details provide a great sense of the time-period. But overall, the chemistry between Wayne and Towers always makes me long for such a romance. She was so damned beautiful. Those eyes. His sense of duty and honor. Just the way she looked at him. I think it was very underrated.


Review by McKay Anderson (posted on 27-Sep-2007)

I completely agree with the last reviewer. This movie is totally underated! The cast is superb from top to bottom! The Duke is never more comfortable in a role. The addition of Bill Holden in a John Ford movie with John Wayne was a stroke of genius. Too bad is was their only movie together. The supporting cast was excellent. I went to the movie in 1959 to see my favorite actor/director's latest movie and was absolutely dumbstruck when Constance Towers appeared on screen. It was the first time I had ever seen her and I still feel she was the most beautiful actress I had ever seen and feel that way to this day. For the most part the film was historically correct and based on an actual event. I bring out this DVD along with "The Searchers" and watch them 3-4 times a year.


Review by john levin (posted on 9-Sep-2007)

This John Ford/John Wayne film remains underrated. The prevalent reason for overlooking this one concerns the accidental death of a stuntman who Ford had allowed to work in spite of health problems.Allegedly Ford just wanted out and lost interest. Maybe so. But the evidence on screen shows a one-time combo of Wayne and Holden and the sparks do fly! The only irritant is Willis Bouchey who "John"s Wayne interminably. This film deserves another look.


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