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Escape from Fort Bravo Details


A nail-biting Indian deadlock remains the climax of this otherwise overly verbose Western filmed in M-G-M's then-new Ansco colors (forerunner of Eastmancolor). After ruthlessly dragging an escaped prisoner through the Arizona desert, Union Army Captain Roper (William Holden) suffers rebuke from both the rebel prisoners and his commanding officer (Carl Benton Reid). Things settles down a bit with the arrival of Carla Forester (Eleanor Parker), with whom Roper falls in love. But Carla proves to be a Confederate spy assigned to engender the escape of Captain Marsh (John Forsythe), the Rebel leader. The plan succeeds to a point but the escapees are hunted down by Roper and Lieutenant Beecher (Richard Anderson). Returning to Fort Bravo with his prisoners, Roper and his captives ride right into a Mescalero Apache hunting party. Filmed on location at California's Death Valley, Escape from Fort Bravo was co-written by Australian-born actor Michael Pate. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi


William Holden
as Capt. Roper
Eleanor Parker
as Carla Forester
John Forsythe
as Capt. John Marsh
William Demarest
as Campbell
John Lupton
as Bailey
Richard Anderson
as Lt. Beecher
Polly Bergen
as Alice Owens
Carl Benton Reid
as Col. Owens
Harry V. Cheshire
as Chaplain
Charles Stevens
as Eilota
Eloise Hardt
as Girl
Forrest Lewis
as Dr. Miller
Frank Matts
as Kiowa Indian
Glenn Strange
as Sgt. Compton
Phil Rich
as Barman
Valerie Vernon
as Girl in Bar
Howard McNear
as Watson
Fred Graham
as Jones
William Newell
as Symore


John Sturges
Nicholas Nayfack
Philip Rock
Screen Story
Michael Pate
Screen Story
Robert Surtees
Jeff Alexander
Composer (Music Score)
Jeff Alexander
George Boemler
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects