Throughout the book, the narrative, the characterization and the descriptive writing are excellent. Of course since the whole story is rather incredulous, what else were they to do. The men, for different reasons, are not keen on getting the award. While I don't always agree with the late great John Wayne's politics, I find myself in somewhat agreement with his assessment of this film. Reportedly the original cut of this film was over 2 and half hours long, but the studio insisted on a shorter edit.
He has been suggested for this duty by a Colonel Rogers , who is 63 years old and impatiently yearning to be promoted to general before mandatory retirement a few months hence. Since Zapata had little interest in events outside of Morelos, Villa was left to face Obregon alone. The studio quickly made this war novel into a major motion picture and released it in December, 1959. By the end of the movie you just want Thorn to shoot these idiots and get it over with, but he is busy killing himself trying to save his own soul. While the Punitive Expedition failed to find Villa, there were a number of battles between American cavalry and Villistas, and the Villistas were usually on the losing end. Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Faulkner can move aside and make room for Swarthout. Their performances are serviceable, without being exceptional.
William Fowler Tab Hunter , Sgt. This is the moral that Eric quoted Hayworth's character as summing up. Nearly all of their acts of bravery are explained away as acts of self-preservation, greed, or simple luck. Too independent to work together, their sole accomplishment was to deny Carranza the presidential chair. Comments Although the film ignores the big picture, it is a revealing look at the fragile bond of discipline within an army.
For fans of Cooper and Hayworth only. Obregon won the support of most of the army and Carranza was killed trying to flee Mexico in May 1920. George, Utah, a location that was abandoned after being hit by a record cold-snap. Its setting is a small corner of military history, but its concern is with war and the qualities that it unchangingly demands. He is ordered to take along Mrs.
He's also about 30 years too old for the part and is nearly the same age in real life as the retiring colonel who sends him on this mission. She is an American woman who has seemed to have been a traitor in Mexico, and her presence does nothing to ennoble the heroes who are up for top awards. Swarthout also wrote The Shootist, another good novel better remembered for the movie starring John Wayne. Photos © Copyright Columbia Pictures Corporation 1959. The gist of the story is the fact that all of the men Thorn is recommending for the Congressional Medal of Honor turn out to be cowardly shits while the heretofore cowardly Thorn turns out to be the true hero.
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Conte is deceptive and smooth. It was a real comic opera affair. The muscles along the right side of my back tore. But it's fair enough to tell you that all play their roles expressively under the stinging direction of Robert Rossen, who knows how to make an outdoor film. Shortly after the film's release, Cooper would undergo surgery for the prostate cancer that would take his life just 2 years later.
The final scene where the men take his notebook and read what he wrote about them should have been, and is supposed to be, this smack of clarity after their journey has descended into madness. Also along for the journey is Adelaide Geary Rita Hayworth , a woman charged with conspiring against the United States. Just over the hill, they spot Cordura, and after Geary helps Thorn to his feet, they join the others and begin their descent into Cordura. America was outraged and President Woodrow Wilson forced to act, authorizing General John J. The movie opens with a written narrative that announces just that. Swarthout's people live and perform powerfully in these pages. Rossen; produced by William Goetz for Columbia presetation.
I am not into westerns or military films. I agree with Eric that Dick York and Michael Callan are both bad actors though. An American woman prisoner, the ranch owner who aided the Villistas, is also being sent home for trial, and it is in their confrontations with the bandits, and increasingly, each other, that this grim, historical adventure across a burning desert for six days is made of. After heading out, the men begin to grumble about the hardships of the journey, and Geary claims that the charge of treason against her is both unwarranted and unenforceable. Tom Thorn Gary Cooper is branded a coward, while several of his fellow servicemen are praised for showing bravery. But instead of demoting and disgracing him, his commanding officer puts him in charge of selecting soldiers worthy of awards of valor.
The irony is that Gary Cooper's character, who we learn acted cowardly in a previous battle, shows the most bravery as the story unfolds. Before he knows it, he has an outright mutiny on his hands as the men do not believe Thorn can get them across the desert to Cordura alive. Thorn, however, decides to nominate Chawk, Fowler, Trubee and Renziehausen for medals, and as they mount up and ready to ride to Cordura, the Texas town at which the ceremony is to take place, Rogers arrests Geary for treason and sends her with them. He eventually bought back the film rights and planned to re-edit it for re-release. Van Heflin was a great actor and he gives the rebellious Sgt. For 11 hot months they chased them all over northern Mexico by horse, truck, train, motorcar, and aeroplane, never catching Pancho, but fighting a number of largely forgotten engagements, including a battle at Ojos Azules Blue Eyes , which was the last mounted charge against an enemy in the history of the U.
Now, before we get into the fundamentals of how you can watch 'They Came to Cordura' right now, here are some finer points about the Columbia Pictures Corporation, Barbacoa, Inc. But Glendon Swarthout is a real writer, and his story is much more than a what-happens-next epic. The actress wanted to retire from the screen some years earlier, but her fifth husband James Hill Burt Lancaster's partner in film production kept pushing her into roles, determined to have her seen as a serious actress and not just a sex symbol. Several battles later, Villa had been exposed as simply a charismatic cavalry leader, and when he limped back to Chihuahua, he no longer had the largest army in Mexico. The Army, gearing up for America's involvement in World War I, is looking for heroes as part of an image campaign, and Thorn chooses five men he believes displayed courage during a raid on a house occupied by some of Villa's men. Tom is asked to transport the heroes through harsh terrain so they can be honored. A month after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award in 1961, he died of cancer.