Fort Apache (1948)

Feature Film
Director: John Ford
Writers: Frank S. Nugent, James Warner Bellah
Cinematographer: Archie Stout
Composer: Richard Hageman
Cast: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, John Agar, Ward Bond, Pedro Armendáriz, George O'Brien, Victor McLaglen, Miguel Inclán

The first part of Ford’s Cavalry Trilogy (followed by She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Rio Grande) – depicting an arrogant lieutenant colonel’s disastrous succession to power at the eponymous military base, culminating in an ill-advised battle with Cochise’s Apache warriors – is a frequently funny, pleasingly critical, and sadly convincing exploration of human and military fallibilities and virtues. Iain.Stott