Sergeant Rutledge

Sergeant Rutledge

Jeffrey Hunter
Director: John Ford Cast: Jeffrey Hunter
Jeffrey Hunter
, Constance Towers
Constance Towers
, Billie Burke
Billie Burke
John Ford


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The first big budget Western to feature a black hero, this military courtroom drama from director John Ford starred his long-time stock player Woody Strode. When a cavalry commander and his daughter are discovered murdered, racism amidst the 9th Cavalry immediately leads to suspicions that Sergeant Braxton Rutledge (Strode), a black man, is responsible for the crime. Arrested by Lieutenant Tom Cantrell (Jeffrey Hunter), Rutledge escapes from captivity during an Indian raid but voluntarily returns to warn his fellow cavalrymen that they are about to face an ambush by hostiles, saving the detachment from certain doom. At first among those who accept Rutledge's probable guilt, Cantrell and his love interest Mary Beecher (Constance Towers) become two of the accused man's scarce defenders as he is put on trial and faces testimony from prejudiced "witnesses."

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2016
UPC: 0888574454012
Original Release: 1960
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 3,080

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeffrey Hunter Lt. Tom Cantrell
Constance Towers Mary Beecher
Billie Burke Mrs. Cordelia Fosgate
Woody Strode Sgt. Braxton Rutledge
Carleton Young Capt. Shattuck
Juano Hernandez Sgt. Matthew Luke Skidmore
Willis B. Bouchey Col. Otis Fosgate
Judson Pratt Lt. Mulqueen
Bill Henry Capt. Dwyer
Walter Reed Capt. MacAfee
Chuck Hayward Capt. Dickinson
Mae Marsh Nellie
Fred Libby Chandler Hubble
Charles Seel Dr. C.J. Eckner
Shug Fisher Mr. Owens
William Henry Capt. Dwyer
Cliff Lyons Sam Beecher
Eva Novak Spectator
Jack Pennick Sergeant
Chuck Roberson Juror
Jan Stine Chris Hubble
Estelle Winwood Spectator
Hank Worden Laredo

Technical Credits
John Ford Director,Producer
Gordon Bau Makeup
James Warner Bellah Screenwriter
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Mack David Songwriter
Patrick Ford Producer
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Willis Goldbeck Producer,Screenwriter
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Howard Jackson Score Composer
Jerry Livingston Songwriter
M.A. Merrick Sound/Sound Designer
Frank M. Miller Set Decoration/Design
Jack Murray Editor
Russ Saunders Asst. Director
Wingate Smith Asst. Director
James Warner Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sergeant Rutledge
1. Credits [1:40]
2. Court Convenes [4:02]
3. The Accused [3:48]
4. First Witness [2:39]
5. Familiars on a Train [4:54]
6. Alone at Spindle [2:24]
7. Attacked [3:55]
8. Just Two People [6:27]
9. His Honor's Wife [2:42]
10. Lucy Dabney [4:07]
11. Window Watcher [3:37]
12. Death at the Dabneys [4:21]
13. Trouble Come Trouble [2:19]
14. Morning After [5:24]
15. Matters Of Belief [4:28]
16. Desert Remains [:30]
17. No Withdrawal [5:05]
18. Indian Encounter [3:34]
19. Fallen Soldier [2:18]
20. Beecher Ranch Ambush [4:43]
21. Back with the Patrol [3:38]
22. "I'm A Man!" [3:45]
23. Captain Buffalo [3:55]
24. Gold Cross [5:00]
25. Defense Summation [5:01]
26. Prosecution Summation [5:13]
27. The Guilty Man [5:00]
28. Eye Left [4:55]
29. Chapter 29 [1:44]

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