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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.[1][2]

Fort Defiance
Fort Defiance poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Rawlins
Produced by Frank Melford
Screenplay by Louis Lantz
Starring Dane Clark
Ben Johnson
Peter Graves
Tracey Roberts
George Cleveland
Ralph Sanford
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Stanley Cortez
Ventura Pictures Corporation
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • October 9, 1951 (1951-10-09)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English



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.



  1. ^ "Fort Defiance (1951) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fort Defiance". TV Guide. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 

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