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4.0 out of 5 stars 'What do you do When Your Branded and You Know Your a Man".
A long time ago I remember watching the western series "Branded", that starred Chuck Connors as a character trying to redeem the false charge of cowardice against him. He then goes on to get involved in the sort of heroics that would have shamed Audie Murphy into greater action. The catchy theme song for the series went "What do you do if your branded and you know your a...
Published on 16 Mar 2011 by Bob Salter

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3.0 out of 5 stars Early Budd Boetticher Western
Directed in 1953 by talented young ex- bullfigther and film director Budd Boetticher, author that wonderful string of 1950'ths westerns starring Randolph Scott and the unforguetable masterpiece "Seven Man from Now" that made a star of Lee Marvin, "The Man from the Alamo " although not in the same level is never the less a worth seeing film that tells the stoory of a Man...
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'What do you do When Your Branded and You Know Your a Man"., 16 Mar 2011
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Man From The Alamo [DVD] (DVD)
A long time ago I remember watching the western series "Branded", that starred Chuck Connors as a character trying to redeem the false charge of cowardice against him. He then goes on to get involved in the sort of heroics that would have shamed Audie Murphy into greater action. The catchy theme song for the series went "What do you do if your branded and you know your a man". Worryingly I can still sing it in tune! Poor old Glenn Ford gets the same problem in this film. He is the only man who doesn't step over that line in the sand to certain death at the Alamo. Some people today might argue this decision shows sound judgement! He does of course have a very good reason for remaining behind the line. Then with an attitude of action speaks louder than words, he tries to dispel the notion that he is a cowardly custard. He infiltrates a gang of American renegades who are carrying out atrocities under the disguise of marauding Mexicans. Ford has good reasons to bring these men to justice, as you will find out in the film. There is plenty of action, vibrant technicolour and stunning scenery.

Any film by that fine director Budd Boetticher is worth a look at, and this one is no exception. His imaginitive direction lifts it far above the average oaters being churned out during the early fifties when this was made. Boetticher cleverly uses a sub plot about the Alamo, and manages to make an entertaining film out of the short 76 minute running time. He always managed to assemble the right actors for his films. In this one he cast that excellent lead actor Glenn Ford in the lead role. Ford was a very competent horseman as he amply demonstrates in this film. The principal villain Victor Jory who was once an accomplished boxer and wrestler, also gets to show his skills on a horse. Jory is backed up by stock villain Neville Brand. The dependable Chill Wills gets to fight one armed with the good guys alongside Hugh O'Brian.

There are a few flaws that are hard to ignore in a balanced review. The revolvers and repeating rifles are clearly not circa 1836, and the dress seems a strange mix of periods. Unfortunately the short running time did not allow time for Ford to have a credible transformation from villain to hero in the eyes of his fellow Texans. One minute he is treated as vermin and the next they are shaking his hand. With great help from writer Burt Kennedy, Boetticher ironed out the little imperfections seen in this film when he later made the glorious Ranown series of westerns with star Randolph Scott. The film copes well with a clearly restricted budget. This is most notable in the limited Alamo scenes, which are very different from the epic John Wayne film on the same subject. The film is accompanied by a good jaunty score by Frank Skinner. If you want to sit down to a short entertaining western fix, then this is the film for you. It has been a long time since I watched it last, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it again. Well above the average western fare.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early Budd Boetticher Western, 18 April 2006
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This review is from: The Man From The Alamo [DVD] (DVD)
Directed in 1953 by talented young ex- bullfigther and film director Budd Boetticher, author that wonderful string of 1950'ths westerns starring Randolph Scott and the unforguetable masterpiece "Seven Man from Now" that made a star of Lee Marvin, "The Man from the Alamo " although not in the same level is never the less a worth seeing film that tells the stoory of a Man wrongly acussed of being the only Alamo survivor because...he was a coward and run away!

Uselees to say Glenn Ford gives a strong performance in this western about a man in search of his family murderers and tryng to clean up his name.In fact it was probably in the western genre that Ford gave is best performances ( Jubal, Cimarron, The Cowboys, and 3.10 to Yuma)although some of his noir films are 1940's classics! Chill Wills who in 1960 was nominated for an Oscar of best suporting actor by the John Wayne version of "The Alamo" also gives a colorful performance.

The dvd edition has lots of subtitels but no special feautures, however the film is presented in the full screen original aspect ratio and the color photography is clear.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor beginnings drag down an otherwise excellent B-Western, 15 Jun 2007
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The siege of the Alamo took place in early 1836 some 200 or so men defended the old crumbling adobe mission for 13 days against the might of the Mexican Army, apart from a small group of women and young children there were no known survivors. From a novel by Niven Busch and Oliver Crawford THE MAN FROM THE ALAMO (1953) is a B-Western directed by Bud Boetticher and starring Glenn Ford in the title role.

John Stroud (Ford) with a small group of locals from his home town secretly draw lots to decide which of them will leave the fort to protect their families. Stroud draws the black bean and prepares to leave the fort to the dismay of the other defenders. Riding hell-for-leather he arrives home too late, discovering from Carlos (sole surviving Mexican boy) that his family had been massacred by a band of renegades posing as Mexicans led by Jess Wade (Victor Jory). Taking Carlos into the nearest town of Franklin he leaves him in the care of Beth Anders (Julie Adams). A messenger from the Alamo Lt Tom Lamar (Hugh O'Brian) recognises Stroud and denounces him to the townsfolk. In an effort to infiltrate Wade's gang and with all the local townspeople against him Stroud gets himself thrown into jail, which is already occupied by Dawes (Neville Brand) a gang member. The townsfolk are busy packing and loading a wagon train to escape the expected arrival of the Mexican Army at this point they are attacked by Wade's gang who spring Dawes along with Stroud from jail. Later Stroud learns that the gang are planning to attack the town's wagon train having found out that the town's bankroll is onboard. He sets out to warn the wagon train of pending disaster and to help in organising its defence for the final showdown!

This is really a film of two parts first the scenes at the Alamo which presumably due to budget restraints are all low key and unworthy of this momentous event in American history. The second and by far the largest part, starts from the moment Stroud leaves the fort and moves into more normal B-Western territory.

Boettcher has the excellent Glenn Ford portraying the stoic hero who had reluctantly left his comrades (as it turned out) to die at the Alamo, leaving Stroud a man alone against all the odds to clear his name and his conscience a theme Boetticher would return to in a series of seven superior B-Westerns with Randolph Scott 1956 - 1960. Others elsewhere have complained about historical inaccuracies in this film with the use of six guns in 1836 some years before they were introduced, although there is plenty of evidence of mussel-loading going on with muskets, ably demonstrated by the womenfolk defended the wagons in the final scenes.

1953 was fine year for Westerns. The Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Male 1953 went to Hugh O'Brian for this film and other work. Finally a word about Chill Wills who played a crusty one-armed town elder, seven years later he appeared in John Wayne's big budget film THE ALAMO (1960) for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role!
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4.0 out of 5 stars He's just an unlucky guy., 8 Jun 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Man From The Alamo [DVD] (DVD)
As the war for Texas independence heightens, the Alamo has become a critical point of time buying interest. Fearing their families will perish under the might of the marauding Mexican army, the men of the Alamo draw lots to see which one of them will flee the Alamo battle to steer the respective families out of harms way. John Stroud is the man faced with the task, but upon reaching his destinations he finds he's too late to save anyone. However, this is just the start of his worries as he finds he has been branded a coward for leaving the Alamo, where all have now perished; while his attempts to avenge the murder of his family are beset with problems at every turn.

In truth, no great shakes in the Western genre here, and certainly not even close to being amongst the better work of director Budd Boetticher (The Tall T & Comanche Station) or Glenn Ford (The Big Heat & Blackboard Jungle). It's also not high on production value and doesn't have location vitality to give it an earthy sheen, it still, however, manages to be an entertaining piece putting an interesting offshoot to the Alamo legend. Glenn Ford is a watchable star at the best of times and he manages to keep this picture afloat by putting a bit of cool bravado urgency into the role of John Stroud, with dashes of emotional fortitude, his relationship with the young, recently orphaned Carlos, gives the film its emotional weight, and when that sits alongside the usual array of shoot them up sequences it makes for good honest Western fare.

Of the supporting cast, Chill Wills and Neville Brand put in some fine work, while there has been far far worse female leads in this genre than the radiant Julie Adams. Of Boetticher's direction? It's just about adequate, where working within the confines of the lot and it's lowly budget origins, he manages to pull it thru; but in truth probably himself cringed at some of the final night time sequences in the cut. He of course, a couple of years down the line, would go on to direct some of the best genre pieces on the market, so he owes the genre fan very little all told. So good and bad here folks, with the good far outweighing the technically bad deficiencies on offer. But I mean come on now, if you can't enjoy Ford having a good old punch up on the brink of a waterfall? Well you're probably better off not watching a 50s B movie Western in the first place then. 6.5/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars GLENN FORD AT HIS USUAL BEST., 17 Sep 2013
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I AM A GLENN FORD FAN. THIS FILM IS FIRST CLASS AS ALL HIS PERFORMANCES IN WESTERNS. EXCELLENT! FIND ME SOME MORE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars underrated western., 20 Aug 2011
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glenn ford superb as usual, good story i rate this western very ,very highly. watched a few times it's great...
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