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Fort Bowie is a 1958 American Western film directed by Howard W. Koch and written by Maurice Tombragel. The film stars Ben Johnson, Jan Harrison, Kent Taylor, Maureen Hingert, Peter Mamakos and Larry Chance. The film was released on February 1, 1958, by United Artists.[1][2]

Fort Bowie
Fort Bowie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHoward W. Koch
Produced byAubrey Schenck
Screenplay byMaurice Tombragel
StarringBen Johnson
Jan Harrison
Kent Taylor
Maureen Hingert
Peter Mamakos
Larry Chance
Music byLes Baxter
CinematographyCarl E. Guthrie
Edited byJohn A. Bushelman
Aubrey Schenck Productions
Bel-Air Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • February 1, 1958 (1958-02-01)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States


When another officer's ruthless and cruel killings of Indians leaves him convinced a counterattack is inevitable, Captain "Tomahawk" Thompson reports his conclusion to Colonel Garrett, his commanding officer. Garrett assigns a task to Thompson, safely escorting the colonel's wife, Alison, back to Fort Bowie.

Alison attempts to seduce Thompson along the way. Rejected and irate, she lies to her husband that she and Thompson became lovers. Garrett immediately gives Thompson a suicide mission of riding into Indian territory and attempting to make peace. Chanzana, a native girl who works in the fort's laundry, goes along with Thompson, then frees him when the Indians take him captive.

Alison apologizes to the colonel for lying about Thompson as the fort braces for an enemy attack. Thompson returns in time to save the colonel's life and realizes he is in love with Chanzana.


  • Ben Johnson as Capt. Thomas Thompson
  • Jan Harrison as Alison Garrett
  • Kent Taylor as Col. James Garrett
  • Maureen Hingert as Chanzana (billed as Jana Davi)
  • Peter Mamakos as Sgt Kukas
  • Larry Chance as Victorio
  • J. Ian Douglas as Maj. Wharton
  • Jerry Frank as Capt. Maywood
  • Barbara Parry as Mrs. Maywood


Parts of the film were shot in Kanab Canyon, Johnson Canyon, and the Kanab movie fort in Utah.[3]


  1. ^ "Fort Bowie (1958) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Fort Bowie". TV Guide. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  3. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.

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