Horse Soldiers, The (1959)
“War isn’t exactly a civilized business.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
It’s also noteworthy for featuring color-line-breaking tennis star Althea Gibson as Towers’ slave Lukey:
… and for affording Towers — probably best known by film fanatics for her starring roles in Sam Fuller’s Shock Corridor (1963) and The Naked Kiss (1964) — her breakthrough leading role. Ford’s direction and cinematography (with support from DP William Clothier) is as top-notch as always:
… but the storyline isn’t particularly memorable (other than showing us how very, very young — or old — so many Confederate soldiers were).
Note: Watch for Anna Lee in a bit part as a Confederate mom desperate for her young son to stay behind when the only “men” left in town are sent to fight.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
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First viewing (2/25/22). Not must-see.
~ but, overall, this is one of the better films from Ford late in his career – maybe because the Mahin-Rackin script often sounds pretty good. So, much of the story is compelling even if it’s not uniquely memorable. The cast members give performances that feel alert. It held my interest more than I expected it to.