Cavalry Western adapted and co-directed by Sam Peckinpah (he was later replaced by director Arnold Laven) from a novel by Hoffman Birney. Tom Tryon stars as Captain Demas Harrod, who, along with his faithful scout Sol Rogers (Harve Presnell), is placed under the tyrannical command of Indian-hating General Frederick McCabe (Andrew Duggan). Senta Berger co-stars as Lou Woodard, the pretty young woman over whom the two soldiers have an ongoing rivalry.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Though written by Sam Peckinpah (he adapted the film from a novel by Hoffman Birney), the direction of The Glory Guys was entrusted to the competent but perfunctory Arnold Laven. Cavalry captain Demas Harrod (Tom Tryon) and his faithful scout Sol Rogers (Harve Presnell) are placed under the command of xenophobic general Frederick McCabe (Andrew Duggan), who hates Indians almost as much as his own men hate him. When not preparing to decimate every Native American in their path, Harrod and Rogers carry on a rivalry over the hand of pretty Lou (Senta Berger; another authentic Wild West type). The novelty of the film is that the Indians, rather than the cavalry, win the final battle. Despite a few bursts of cinematic creativity from Laven in the climactic scenes, it still would have been more interesting to see how Sam Peckinpah would have handled The Glory Guys. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, ...The Glory Guys