Fort Apache Overview:

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

SYNOPSIS

The first of Ford's acclaimed Cavalry trilogy. After a distinguished military career in the Civil War, a rigid, by-the-book colonel (Fonda) is assigned to the remote western cavalry post of Fort Apache. Viewing his assignment as a demotion, Fonda resists the advice of his more experienced men, including Wayne. Fonda's ignorance of the territory and Indian ways leads to a tragic blunder, despite Wayne's impassioned pleas for his men's safety. A superbly constructed portrait of life on the frontier and the army routine that secured the territory for settlement.

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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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[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.


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.


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Facts about

In 1953, RKO theatrically reissued this film on a double bill with another western, Blood on the Moon starring Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes and Robert Preston, with the tag line "Two Rip-Roaring Action Hits!"
The "Apache" Indians were really members of the Navajo tribe.
The Fort Apache fort, built for this production, stood for years. It was reused in dozens of productions, most notably the TV series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. It was located at the Corriganville Movie Ranch in Simi Valley, California. Today it is possible to visit this location, as it is now administered as a City Park in Simi Valley.
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