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5.0 out of 5 stars "Gregory Peck Series ... Only the Valiant (1951) ... Warner Bros.", 21 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Only the Valiant [DVD] [1951] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Warner Bros. presents "ONLY THE VALIANT" (13 April 1951) (105 mins/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) -- Our story line and plot, "Only the Valiant" was based on a novel by Charles Marquis Warren --- As our would be hero Capt. Richard Lance (Gregory Peck) is unjustly held responsible, by his intended Cathy Eversham (Barbara Payton) and his men for an Indian massacre death of another suitor Lt. Holloway. Holloway (Gig Young) is killed while escorting a dangerous Indian chief Tucsos (Michael Ansara) to another fort's prison, but the chief escapes --- Lance knows their fort is in danger of Indian attack, so he volunteers taking a small group of army misfits to an abandoned nearby army fort to defend a mountain pass against the oncoming Indian assault --- Stall for time is their mission until reinforcements from another fort arrive --- The men in this small group of malcontents, deserters, psychopaths & cowards all hate Capt. Lance & wish him dead --- Many of the men recognize that Lance's survival instincts, military knowledge & leadership are the only chance the group has of staying alive --- Among the film's misfits are Ward Bond (who almost steals the film) Gig Young, Lon Chaney Jr., Neville Brand, Jeff Corey and Steve Brodie giving outstanding performances in every scene.

Under the production staff of:
Gordon M. Douglas - Director
William Cagney - Producer
Harry Brown - Screenwriter
Edmund H. North - Screenwriter
Charles Marquis Warren - Book Author
Lionel Lindon - Cinematographer
Franz Waxman - Composer (Music Score)
Walter A. Hannemann - Editor
Robert S. Seiter - Editor
Wiard Ihnen - Production Designer
Armor E. Marlowe - Set Designer

SPECIAL FEATURES:
BIOS:
1. Gregory Peck:
Date of Birth 5 April 1916 - La Jolla, California
Date of Death: 12 June 2003 - Los Angeles, California

the cast includes:
Gregory Peck ... Capt. Richard Lance
Barbara Payton ... Cathy Eversham
Ward Bond ... Cpl. Timothy Gilchrist
Gig Young ... Lt. William Holloway
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Trooper Kebussyan
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
David Clarke ... Guardhouse Sentry
John Doucette ... Sergeant
John Halloran ... Wall Sentry
Clark Howat ... Lt. Underwood
Harlan Howe ... Junior Sergeant
Claire James ... Jenny
William Newell ... Corporal of the Guard
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Sgt. Medical Assistant

Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc) and Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") as they have rekindled my interest once again for B-Westerns and Serials --- If you're into the memories of B-Westerns with high drama, this is the one you've been anxiously waiting for --- please stand up and take a bow Western Classics --- all my heroes have been cowboys!

Total Time: 105 mins on DVD ~ Warner Home Video ~ (7/01/2008)
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