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      Only the Valiant

      Released Apr 13, 1951 1h 45m Western List
      Reviews 48% Audience Score 100+ Ratings An unpopular captain (Gregory Peck) leads his cavalry troops to a mountain pass, to hold it against Apaches. Read More Read Less

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Gregory Peck was a replacement for Gary Cooper, who never liked the film but nevertheless his grand performance is the main reason the film is any good. Rated: B Apr 27, 2015 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing Out of the 53 theatrical features Gregory Peck made over a 47-year span, the late, great actor always considered the worst to be Only the Valiant ... But this middling Western isn't awful so much as it's awfully indifferent. Rated: 2/4 Sep 21, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Frustrating and predictable. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/22/24 Full Review kevin w Out in New Mexico territory the Apaches are uprising again, their leader promising death for the whites. Against this torrential horde is Gregory Peck and a ragtag group of men, a group that hates him for being so smugly self-righteous. Who will get to kill him, the Apaches or his own men? This oater finds its legs under the saddleship of its worthy cast of character actors who step up and deliver the stereotypes with elan, elevating what would be a rather tepid affair little better than a television western. Ward Bond, Lon Chaney Jr. and Neville Brand are the usual standouts. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review david b Solid 1950s western action movie. Understaffed army forts trying to hold back the Apache raids. Although the scenes often reveal the low budget, the acting and story are very good and enough to draw you in. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Watch this one primarily for Peck, but it's loaded with recognizable B actors. The interior sets come off like television. Exterior scenes are bad too. Unusual to see Lon Chaney in a Western and in a supporting role but he steals the show with his acting ability as a crazy trooper out to do harm to Greg Peck. [img][/img] Lon Chaney as big as Frankenstein, right The men in this small group of malcontents, deserters, psychopaths & cowards all hate Capt. Lance & wish him dead. Much to their chagrin, the men recognize that Lance's survival instincts, military knowledge & leadership are the only chance the group has of staying alive. [img][/img] SEE the entire film here: Soldiers disrespect Gregory Peck as some sort of fancy pants officer who would run before fighting. Talk of disrespecting orders is considered possible under circumstances. [img][/img] REVIEWS by those like us: 80% Gregory Peck stars in this Western as Apache try to take the fort, But of course there are bad guys in the Cavalry, and a love story thrown in. [img][/img] NOTES: 1 Gregory Peck, in a role he considered a low-point of his career, plays Captain Richard Lance, a by-the-book West Point graduate who is not very popular with the men under his command. 2 The screenplay was written by Edmund H. North and Harry Brown, based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Charles Marquis Warren. SEE the movie here: Cast Gregory Peck as Captain Richard Lance Barbara Payton as Cathy Eversham Ward Bond as Corporal Timothy Gilchrist Gig Young as Lieutenant Bill Holloway Lon Chaney, Jr. as Trooper Kebussyan ("the Ay-rab") Neville Brand as Sergeant Ben Murdock Jeff Corey as Joe Harmony Warner Anderson as Trooper Rutledge Steve Brodie as Trooper Onstot Dan Riss as Lieutenant Jerry Winters Terry Kilburn as Trooper Saxton Herbert Heyes as Colonel Drumm Art Baker as Captain Jennings Michael Ansara as Tucsos Nana Bryant as Mrs. Drumm David Clarke as guardhouse sentry (uncredited) John Doucette as sergeant (uncredited) [img][/img] Peck Directed by Gordon Douglas Produced by William Cagney Written by Screenplay Edmund H. North and Harry Brown Novel Charles Marquis Warren Music by Franz Waxman Cinematography Lionel Lindon Editing by Walter Hannemann Robert S. Seiter Distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures Release dates April 13, 1951 Running time 105 min. [img][/img] Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Gregory Peck stars in this Western as Apache try to take the fort, But of course there are bad guys in the Cavalry, and a love story thrown in. Gregory is as solid as ever, But how many men will remain standing? Classic action movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I only choose to watch this because Barbara Payton was in it. This film, released in 1951, has the usual elements typical of the westerns released during the 50's; the cavalry needing to protect the territory from a murderous band of Indians, an officer determined to see that task through, and the men with him with various character flaws that he has to merge together into a cohesive unit. This small band must hold on to a fort located close to the Indian village until reinforcements arrive. The Indians know, all to well, that the small band is undermanned, and could be wiped out before the help comes. One major difference for this film, "Only the Valiant", is that it attempts to play out the usual storyline, but at the same time, deliver the message that duty is a paramount concern to be shared by all, even if they don't accept that charge. Gregory Peck embodies the tight-lipped captain of the troop that has to prevent the Indians from breaking out into the territory. The troopers that he takes with him to the small outpost are the dregs of the troop at the fort; they, in turn, have gripes or weaknesses that cause them to wonder if the captain hasn't taken them out because of their general lack of devotion to a cause. Eventually, the captain and the small band confront the hostiles, and at the same time, each confronts his own flaw. The cast includes western stalwarts such as Ward Bond, Gig Young, Neville Brand, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Warner Anderson. A sleeper of a film, and a good solid western for fans of this genre. 5 Stars 2=2=13 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis An unpopular captain (Gregory Peck) leads his cavalry troops to a mountain pass, to hold it against Apaches.
      Gordon Douglas
      William Cagney
      Edmund H. North, Harry Brown
      Warner Bros.
      Production Co
      Warner Bros., William Cagney Productions
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 13, 1951, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 23, 2017
      1h 45m
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