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Fort Apache (1948) was a Western - Black-and-white Film directed by John Ford and produced by John Ford and Merian C. Cooper.

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Fort Apache (1948)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 9, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Fort Apache gives me the opportunity to consider one of John Ford’s most unlikely long-term collaborations with film critic turned screenwriter Frank S. Nugent. As with all Ford partnerships, it was oftentimes prickly but there’s no repudiating the impact. However, even the writer realiz... Read full article


Fort Apache (1948)

By Beatrice on Apr 5, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Fort Apache Directed by John Ford Written by Frank S. Nugent; suggested by the story “Massacre” by James Warner Bellah 1948/USA Argosy Pictures Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Such a classic Ford mixture of the heroic and the cynical in the Great American West. After the Civil War, Lt. ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: FORT APACHE (1948)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 10, 2013 From Virtual Virago

The classic Western has many moods, but the tone of John Ford's Fort Apache (1948) is decidedly dark. Its clouds gather slowly, relieved sometimes by deceptive moments of gaiety and light, but still the storm comes on. Loosely based on the events of Custer's Last Stand, Fort Apache is technically a ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: FORT APACHE (1948)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 10, 2013 From Virtual Virago

The classic Western has many moods, but the tone of John Ford's Fort Apache (1948) is decidedly dark. Its clouds gather slowly, relieved sometimes by deceptive moments of gaiety and light, but still the storm comes on. Loosely based on the events of Custer's Last Stand, Fort Apache is technically a ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: FORT APACHE (1948)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 10, 2013 From Virtual Virago

The classic Western has many moods, but the tone of John Ford's Fort Apache (1948) is decidedly dark. Its clouds gather slowly, relieved sometimes by deceptive moments of gaiety and light, but still the storm comes on. Loosely based on the events of Custer's Last Stand, Fort Apache is technically a ... Read full article


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Ft. Apache sentry: Halt! Who goes there?
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: The new commanding officer.
Ft. Apache sentry: Holy Moses!
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: No, the new commanding officer.


[after telling the soldiers to destroy the whiskey in Meacham's storeroom, Col. Thursday starts to leave]
Silas Meacham: I'll protest. I'll write Washington, I'll have you busted!
Lt. Col. Thursday: Mr. Meacham, you're a blackguard, a liar, a hypocrite and a stench in the nostrils of honest men. If it were in my power I'd hang you from the nearest tree, leave your carcass for the buzzards. But, as you are a representative of the United States government, I pledge you the protection and cooperation of my command. Good day, sir.


[the ladies of the fort are watching as the regiment rides out to meet Cochise]
Mrs. Emily Collingwood: [referring to her husband] I can't see him. All I can see is the flags.


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Facts about

Shirley Temple and John Agar were married at the time the movie was made, but went through a highly publicized divorce complete with allegations of spousal abuse, infidelity and alcoholism a couple of years later.
Infrared film was used in outdoor scenes to enhance the fantastic look of the scenery and sky. However, the actors' skin tone looked far too pale on infrared, so they were compelled to wear very dark make-up to compensate.
Thursday's Charge, the painting referenced at the end which falsely depicts Lt. Col. Owen Thursday's last stand as him greatly outnumbered and fighting off the Indians to the best of his abilities, was actually one of the illustrations used to advertise for the film in it's initial release.
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