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The Guns of Fort Petticoat

Released Apr 3, 1957 1h 22m Western List
Reviews 33% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Texan and U.S. Cavalryman Lt. Frank Hewitt (Audie Murphy) deserts the army after Colorado Union soldiers carry out the deadly Sand Creek reservation massacre, fearing reprisal from the Cheyenne. Crossing into Texas, Franks finds himself labeled a traitor for fighting with the Yankees, and his warnings about possible Indian revenge go unheeded. When a town near a mission, populated mostly by women, is attacked, Frank is appointed their protector and must build an army comprised of townswomen. Read More Read Less

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Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine A fair western, replete with the sort of bangbang action that youngsters seem to cherish on a Saturday afternoon. Nov 5, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Its outlandish story line never becomes believable. Rated: C+ Jan 7, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Historically incorrect but good for its time Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review ashley h Guns of Fort Petticoat is an excellent film. It is about a cavalryman who deserts the Union Army to warn former Texas neighbors of impending Indian attacks triggered by Army massacre. Audie Murphy and Kathryn Grant give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. George Marshall did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed this motion picture because of the action and adventure. Guns of Fort Petticoat is a must see. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The basic concept's not bad, but this western is stocked full of B-grade cheese. Audie Murphy makes for a pretty bland leading man. Still mildly entertaining, if your standards aren't too high. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Two things jumped out at me while watching this female empowerment western: Audie Murphy was really a tiny man. Kathryn Grant must've been 40 years younger than Bing when he married her. She's just a baby in this. Otherwise "Guns" is an average to above average western as Murphy plays a Texan in the Union army who comes back to Texas during the civil war to warn the locals of a Indian uprising. When he discovers all the men have left town to fight in the war (sounds like the premis for a Dean martin western) he trains the ladies to fight, aided by Hope Emmerson as his Sergeant at arms. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Texan and U.S. Cavalryman Lt. Frank Hewitt (Audie Murphy) deserts the army after Colorado Union soldiers carry out the deadly Sand Creek reservation massacre, fearing reprisal from the Cheyenne. Crossing into Texas, Franks finds himself labeled a traitor for fighting with the Yankees, and his warnings about possible Indian revenge go unheeded. When a town near a mission, populated mostly by women, is attacked, Frank is appointed their protector and must build an army comprised of townswomen.
Director
George Marshall
Screenwriter
Walter Doniger
Production Co
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Genre
Western
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 3, 1957, Limited
Runtime
1h 22m