Fort Defiance (film)
Fort Defiance is a 1951 American Western film directed by John Rawlins and written by Louis Lantz. The film stars Dane Clark, Ben Johnson, Peter Graves, Tracey Roberts, George Cleveland and Ralph Sanford. The film was released on October 9, 1951, by United Artists.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Rawlins|
|Produced by||Frank Melford|
|Screenplay by||Louis Lantz|
|Music by||Paul Sawtell|
Ventura Pictures Corporation
|Distributed by||United Artists|
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A stranger, Ben Shelby, rides up to a ranch outside Fort Defiance, Arizona, looking for Johnny Tallon. He meets Johnny's blind brother, Ned, and saves him from being trampled by a horse.
Ned and his Uncle Charlie run the ranch in Johnny's absence. Ben becomes better acquainted with them but declines their offer to stay, being married. In town, others including ruthless Dave Parker discover that Ben was at the Battle of Tennessee Ridge, where a treasonous act by Johnny caused the death of many soldiers, including Ben's brother.
Johnny, a gunslinger and robber, arrives and wants Ned to accompany him to San Francisco for an eye operation. Ned refuses to accept his brother's ill-found gains. While fighting off an Indian attack, Ned falls for passenger Julie, a dancehall girl. Johnny is shot dead in Fort Defiance, and after Parker is killed by Ben, the others are free to begin a new life. Ben's wife arrives by stagecoach to join them.
- Dane Clark as Johnny Tallon
- Ben Johnson as Ben Shelby
- Peter Graves as Ned Tallon
- Tracey Roberts as Julie Morse
- George Cleveland as Uncle Charlie Tallon
- Ralph Sanford as Jed Brown, Stagecoach Driver
- Iron Eyes Cody as Brave Bear
- Dennis Moore as Lt. Lucas
- Craig Woods as Dave Parker
- Dick Elliott as Kincaid
- Bryan 'Slim' Hightower as Hankey
- Phil Rawlins as Les
- Jerry Ambler as Cheyenne
- Kit Guard as Tracy
- Wes Hudman as Stranger
- Hugh Hooker as Ed