on 1 March 2011
This film was first released in 1958 (1986) 2010, runs 90 minutes, shown in widescreen 1.85.1, in B/W. This is Clint Walker's first full length movie. The trailer is also in good order. The picture and the sound quality are excellent. The movie starts with GAR DAVIS (Clint Walker) looking for Joe Henson on a very dusty day in LAGO TOWN, saying that he was going to kill him. The sheriff is not all too happy about that. After the shooting, Gar is on the run and the posse after him. Escaping, Gar is shot in the head trying to steal a horse from widow CELIA GRAY's (Virginia Mayo) and her son CHAD's small ranch. The comanche party are watching them and they attack the house. Under darkness, Gar, Celia and Chad escape, while the comanche are busy burning the ranch. The whole comanche nation is on war path, so Dar plans to take them to FORT DOBBS. After seeing her husband's jacket with Gar, Celia blames Gar for killing her husband. Then they meet CLEG (Brian Keith), who seems to know Gar and helps them to repel a comanche attack. They join a wagon caravan chased by comanche and enter Fort Dobbs for safety. One of the person in that caravan is the sheriff from Lago Town.
What happened in Lago? Who did Gar kill there? What will Dar do to make Celia believe that he didnot kill her husband? What will sheriff do? Will they get any help at surrounded Fort Dobbs? What is Cleg upto?
Excellent tough acting by Clint Walker and Brian Keith, with Virginia Mayo looking good on B/W screen. Very good script by Burt Kennedy and George W George, beautifully directed by Gordon Douglas. The B/W photography by William Crother is lovely to watch both in day and night scenes. Good background music by Max Steiner.
Clint Walker (Norman Eugene Walker) was born on 30.5.1927 in Hartford, Illinois, he was a twin and 1/4 cherokee descent. He did various jobs after world war II. His good looks and physique of 6 ft 6 inches (198 cm) and 48 inches chest, helped him to get roles on TV and films. In 1970's , he returned to TV. He was married 3 times and had 1 daughter from first marriage. At 84 , he now lives in Grass Valley, California.
Other Clint Walker westerns are:-
(1) Yellowstone Kelly 1959
(2) Cheyenne Series 1955
(3) Gold of the Seven Saints 1961
(4) Night of the Grizzly 1966 VHS
(5) More Dead Than Alive 1968
(6) Yuma 1970
(7) Bounty Man 1972 VHS
(8) White Buffalo 1977
Being a western fan, I enjoyed watching this DVD.
Watch and ENJOY.
Warner Bros. Pictures present "FORT DOBBS" (1958) ~ (93 min/B&W) -- Starring: Clint Walker, Virginia Mayo, Brian Keith, Richard Eyer & Russ Conway
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Gar Davis (Clint Walker) is a wanted man who having eluded a posse rescues Celia Gray (Virginia Mayo) and her young son, Chad (Richard Eyer) from a Comanche attack. He then escorts the pair to the (presumed) safety of U.S. Cavalry Fort Dobbs. Along the way Celia (and then Chad) begin to believe that their rescuer was in fact responsible for the recent death of her husband.
Big screen debut for Clint Walker.
Great direction by Gordon Douglas and Burt Kennedy to do the script. Also, the music was by Max Steiner, who always has the pulse on the film.
1. Gordon Douglas (Director)
Date of Birth: 15 December 1907 - New York, New York
Date of Death: 29 September 1993 - Los Angeles, California
2. Clint Walker [aka: Norman Eugene Walker]
Date of Birth: 30 May 1927 - Hartford, Illinois
Date of Death: Still Living
3. Virginia Mayo [aka:Virginia Clara Jones]
Date of Birth: 30 November 1920 - St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Death: 17 January 2005 - Thousand Oaks, California
4. Brian Keith [aka: Robert Keith Richey Jr.]
Date of Birth: 14 November 1921 - Bayonne, New Jersey
Date of Death: 24 June 1997 - Malibu, California
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 93 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (January 24, 2011)
I don't give 5 stars very often, and I thought hard about awarding 5 for this, but here's why. This is how an unpretentious western should be. Warners threw quite a bit into it for their star Clint - Excellent Max Steiner music, Gordon Douglas directing with professionalism and imagination (see my thoughts on Yellowstone Kelly), A good (small) support cast - Virginia Mayo has, for me, seldom looked sexier, and of course Brian Keith in his scene stealing mood (remember him in "Tall Trouble"?). Even Burt Kennedy's somewhat cliced script works (again see my thoughts on "Yellowstone K"). The script/direction is tense and well plotted, the photography (william Clothier) is excellent, and Clint is huge. This was his first feature film after "Cheyenne" and I think it's the best he made, better than "Gold of tth 7 Saints" and "Y K" both of which I like but with resrvations. This one has no reservations and is highly recomended. Thankyou Warners.
on 29 June 2011
I,m a huge fan of Clint Walker, I was delighted to hear that Fort Dobbs was being released on dvd,and remastered at that.
I had already bought Yellowstone Kelly,a marvellous job they did with remastering that wee western gem,well,Fort Dobbs is even better!!!!The black and white Cinematography is excellent,a joy to behold.
I,m not one for writing reviews of the film itself,it,s a western from it,s time,the 50,s,with a simple storyline,great action,and a love interest,and if,like me,you love those ole 50,s westerns,well,Fort Dobbs is a MUST-BUY,the picture quality of this dvd is outstanding,the BEST this Clint Walker western has ever looked,HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!
Fort Dobbs is directed by Gordon Douglas and written by George W. George and Burt Kennedy. It stars Clint Walker, Virginia Mayo, Brian Keith, Richard Eyer, Russ Conway and Michael Dante. Music is by Max Steiner and cinematography by William H. Clothier.
After his appealing run in the TV series Cheyenne, it was inevitable that Clint Walker would make the transition to big screen fare. Here for his first feature length outing, we get the marker for his career that would follow. Never blessed with great acting talent, Walker was however a mighty presence, and handsome to boot, and he is the prime reason why Fort Dobbs is a better than average experience.
Plot basically has Walker as Gar Davis, a fugitive of justice who hooks up for a travelogue with Celia Grey (Mayo) and her son Chad (Eyer). Along the way there is Comanche peril, shifty companionship in the form of Clett (Keith) and a cunning twist that strains the relationship between Gar and the Greys. The wonderful Henry Repeater Rifle comes into play, very much so, and it provides some kinetic excitement, and it all builds to a rousing finale of explosions and stunts, while of course redemption and the truths will out. Clothier and Steiner further cement their reputations as skilled craftsmen, with the former beautifully realising the Kanab locations in black and white, and Douglas knows his way around a good honest Oater. 7/10
on 10 January 2013
Another very entertaining film, it's a film I haven't seen before, but was excellent.Clint Walker was just right for the role.Great
on 16 January 2012
Great to get this hard to find film at last, very promt service and I will use this site againand recommend to others
on 18 July 2015
HI! GOOD OLD WESTERN,THANKS.