Fort Bowie (1958)

80-81 mins | Western | February 1958

Director:

Howard W. Koch

Producer:

Aubrey Schenck

Cinematographer:

Carl Guthrie

Editor:

John Bushelman

Production Designer:

Jack T. Collis

Production Company:

Oak Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to LAT and HR news items, this picture was largely shot around Kanab, UT. Although HR news items add Red Morgan , Al Wyatt, Fred Krone and Earl Parker to the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. This may be the only feature film appearance of television actress Jan Harrison. ... More Less

According to LAT and HR news items, this picture was largely shot around Kanab, UT. Although HR news items add Red Morgan , Al Wyatt, Fred Krone and Earl Parker to the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. This may be the only feature film appearance of television actress Jan Harrison. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10 Feb 1958.
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Daily Variety
31 Jan 58
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Feb 58
p. 6.
Harrison's Reports
8 Feb 58
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
10 May 57
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 1957
p. 3, 6.
Hollywood Reporter
29 May 1957
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Jan 58
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 Feb 58
p. 708.
The Exhibitor
19 Feb 58
p. 4439.
Variety
5 Feb 58
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Op cam
Key grip
Lighting tech
Asst cam
Still photog
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Set dresser
MUSIC
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Photog eff
Photog eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup
Hair styles
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
February 1958
Production Date:
13 May--29 May 1957
Copyright Claimant:
Oak Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 February 1958
Copyright Number:
LP10302
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80-81
Length(in feet):
7,288
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
18663
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During his first patrol, Maj. Wharton, an arrogant political appointee, slaughters a band of Apaches even though they are about to surrender. Watching in dismay, Capt. "Tomahawk" Thompson, named for the weapon he always carries, fears that Wharton's policy of annihilation will foment an Indian war. Upon returning to Fort Bowie, Wharton reports to his commanding officer, Col. Jim Garrett, who disagrees with Wharton's policies, but is unable to countermand him. When word comes that Victorio, the Apache leader, is rallying his braves, Garrett sends Thompson to escort the colonel's wife Allison back to the safety of the fort. That night, before he leaves, Chenzana, Victorio's spurned consort who works as a laundress at the fort, warns Thompson that Victorio is bent on revenge. Later, in Tucson, the glamorous Allison refuses to return to the fort with Thompson, so he tosses her into the back of a wagon. On the journey back to the fort, Allison makes romantic advances to Thompson, but he rejects her. After fending off an Indian attack, Thompson and Allison finally reach the fort. Disgusted by life on the frontier, Allison chastises her husband for not sacrificing his ideals to advance his political career. Then, to wound Garrett, Allison lies that Thompson made love to her. The next day, Garrett sends Wharton and his troops into the field to attack the Indians, assigning Thompson the suicidal task of convincing Victorio to surrender. As Thompson is about to depart on his mission with Sgt. Kukus, Allison warns him that her husband is trying to kill him, and Thompson assures her that Garrett's motives are purely ... +


During his first patrol, Maj. Wharton, an arrogant political appointee, slaughters a band of Apaches even though they are about to surrender. Watching in dismay, Capt. "Tomahawk" Thompson, named for the weapon he always carries, fears that Wharton's policy of annihilation will foment an Indian war. Upon returning to Fort Bowie, Wharton reports to his commanding officer, Col. Jim Garrett, who disagrees with Wharton's policies, but is unable to countermand him. When word comes that Victorio, the Apache leader, is rallying his braves, Garrett sends Thompson to escort the colonel's wife Allison back to the safety of the fort. That night, before he leaves, Chenzana, Victorio's spurned consort who works as a laundress at the fort, warns Thompson that Victorio is bent on revenge. Later, in Tucson, the glamorous Allison refuses to return to the fort with Thompson, so he tosses her into the back of a wagon. On the journey back to the fort, Allison makes romantic advances to Thompson, but he rejects her. After fending off an Indian attack, Thompson and Allison finally reach the fort. Disgusted by life on the frontier, Allison chastises her husband for not sacrificing his ideals to advance his political career. Then, to wound Garrett, Allison lies that Thompson made love to her. The next day, Garrett sends Wharton and his troops into the field to attack the Indians, assigning Thompson the suicidal task of convincing Victorio to surrender. As Thompson is about to depart on his mission with Sgt. Kukus, Allison warns him that her husband is trying to kill him, and Thompson assures her that Garrett's motives are purely tactical. Before leaving, Thompson requests the colonel to issue explicit orders to Wharton to hold back his troops until Thompson and Kukus are clear of the area. After Wharton and Thompson depart, Allison confesses to her husband that she lied about her affair and he contemptuously informs her that Thompson's death will be on her conscience. Meanwhile, led by Chenzana, Kukus and Thompson meet with Victorio, who refuses to surrender. Spotting Wharton's troops snaking up the mountainside, Victorio takes Kukus and Thompson prisoner and then slaughters Wharton and his men. After ordering Thompson and Kukus to be left behind and tortured, Victorio rallies his braves and heads for the fort. Chenzana frees the captives and Thompson sends Kukus for reinforcements while he rides back to the fort. Just as Garrett is notified that he has been relieved of his command, the Apaches storm the fort. The Indians scale the walls, but Garrett, the women, and a handful of surviving troopers retreat to the mess hall. As Garrett fires at the marauders, Allison reloads his weapons and they reconcile. Just when all seems lost, Thompson charges the fort with his reinforcements. Victorio is about to bludgeon Allison when Thompson bursts into the room and fights him off with his tomahawk. As Thompson and Victorio grapple, Garrett fells the Apache with a bullet. After the colonel apologizes to Thompson for misjudging him, Thompson and Chenzana embrace. +

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