Only the Valiant

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Only the Valiant
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Directed by Gordon Douglas
Produced by William Cagney
Written by Screenplay
Edmund H. North and Harry Brown
Novel
Charles Marquis Warren
Starring Gregory Peck
Barbara Payton
Ward Bond
Gig Young
Lon Chaney, Jr.
Neville Brand
Jeff Corey
Michael Ansara
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by Walter Hannemann
Robert S. Seiter
Distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures
Release dates April 13, 1951
Running time 105 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2 million (US rentals)[1]

Only the Valiant also known as Fort Invincible is a 1951 western film produced by William Cagney (younger brother of James Cagney), directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Gregory Peck and Barbara Payton. The screenplay was written by Edmund H. North and Harry Brown, based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Charles Marquis Warren.

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Gregory Peck, in a role he considered a low-point of his career, plays Captain Richard Lance, a by-the-book West Point graduate who is not very popular with the men under his command.

Following the American Civil War, peace is maintained in the New Mexico Territory by Fort Invicible, a fortification set up outside a mountain pass that blocks marauding bands of Apache. The Apache are able to eventually take the fort by cutting off its water supply then assault the fort when its garrison is at its weakest.

Captain Lance arrives with a patrol soon after the battle and captures Tucsos, the charismatic leader of the Apache. Lance's scout advises the Captain to kill Tucsos but Lance will not shoot a prisoner.

Back at the headquarters of the 5th Cavalry, the invalid commanding officer orders Lance to assign an officer to command an escort to take Tucsos to a larger post. Lance wishes to lead the patrol but at the last minute the Colonel says he needs Lance at his fort in case of Apache attack and to assign a popular officer, Lieutenant Holloway, to lead the small group of men escorting Tucsos; but the Apaches will stop at nothing to get him back. Lieutenant Holloway ends up dead, and the men at the fort blame Captain Lance. They believe that his decision to assign Lieutenant Holloway to the dangerous mission was a personal one (both Lance and Holloway were vying for the affection of the same woman).

Lance's standing with the soldiers at the fort only gets worse when he assembles a group of misfit cavalrymen to hold off rampaging Indians at the ruins of Fort Invincible which is considered to be a suicide mission.

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  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952

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