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)