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Sergeant Rutledge (1960) was a Western - Crime Film directed by John Ford and produced by Willis Goldbeck.

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Sergeant Rutledge (1960)

By Beatrice on Jan 7, 2017 From Flickers in Time

Sergeant Rutledge Directed by John Ford Written by James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck 1960/USA John Ford Productions First viewing/Netflix rental Two years before To Kill a Mockingbird, John Ford gave us this courtroom drama/Western about a Buffalo solider accused of raping and killing a whi... Read full article


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1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: Anyone come, you ain't gonna be in here with me.
Mary Beecher: What are you talking about?
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: I'm talking about you. A white woman. White women only spell trouble for any of us.
Mary Beecher: That's nonsense. We're just two people trying to stay alive.
1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: Lady, you don't know how hard I'm trying to stay alive.


1st Sgt. Braxton Rutledge: Soldier can never think by his heart, ma'am. He got to think by the book.


Lt. Tom Cantrell: [Complaining about the prosutor's tactics] A soldier's life is at stake and this man is playing cheap legal tricks!


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Originated in 1957 as a project for director André De Toth, about a black soldier accused of raping and murdering a German girl and the lieutenant who defends him and proves his innocence. De Toth wanted Jeffrey Hunter as the defense attorney. Based on the 1955 story "Shadow of the Noose" by John Hawkins and Ward Hawkins in The Saturday Evening Post.
Final film of Billie Burke.
Unsatisfied with Woody Strode's rehearsal of bullet-wounded drowsiness, director John Ford took his own steps to make Strode appear authentically weary for Rutledge's gunshot early on in the film. The day before the scene was to be shot, Ford got Strode drunk early in the day and had an assistant follow him around for the rest of the day to make sure he stayed that way. When the time came for Strode to shoot the scene with Constance Towers, his hangover gave him the perfect (for Ford) appearance of a man who had been shot.
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