GenreAdventure, Western Music directorFranz Waxman LanguageEnglish
WriterEdmund H. North, Harry Brown, Charles Marquis Warren Release dateApril 13, 1951 CastGregory Peck (Capt. Richard Lance), Barbara Payton, Ward Bond, Gig Young, Neville Brand, Lon Chaney Jr. Similar moviesGregory Peck appears in Only the Valiant and The Stalking Moon
Only the valiant 1951 full length western movie with gregory peck
Only the Valiant, also known as Fort Invincible, is a 1951 Western film produced by William Cagney (younger brother of James Cagney), directed by Gordon Douglas starring Gregory Peck, Barbara Payton, Ward Bond. The screenplay was written by Edmund H. North and Harry Brown, based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Charles Marquis Warren.
Gregory Peck, in a role he considered a low-point of his career, plays Captain Richard Lance, a by-the-book West Point graduate who is not very popular with the men under his command.
Following the American Civil War, peace is maintained in the New Mexico Territory by Fort Invicible, a fortification set up outside a mountain pass that blocks marauding bands of Apache. The Apache are able to eventually take the fort by cutting off its water supply, then assaulting the fort when its garrison is at its weakest and killing all the defenders.
Captain Lance arrives with a patrol soon after the battle and captures Tucsos, the charismatic leader of the Apache. Lance's scout advises the captain to kill Tucsos, but Lance will not shoot a prisoner.
Back at the headquarters of the 5th Cavalry, the invalid commanding officer orders Lance to assign an officer to command an escort to take Tucsos to a larger post. Lance decides to lead the patrol, but at the last minute, the colonel says he needs Lance at his fort in case of Apache attack and to assign a popular officer, Lieutenant Holloway, to lead the small group of men escorting Tucsos. The Apache free Tucsos and Lieutenant Holloway ends up dead. The men at the fort blame Captain Lance, unaware of the colonel's order. They believe that his decision to assign Lieutenant Holloway to the dangerous mission was for a personal reason (both officers were vying for the affection of the same woman). The woman believes it too, and bitterly breaks up with him.
Lance's standing with the soldiers at the fort only gets worse when he assembles a group of misfit cavalrymen to hold off rampaging Indians at the ruins of Fort Invincible, which is considered a suicide mission.
Gregory Peck as Captain Richard Lance
Barbara Payton as Cathy Eversham
Ward Bond as Corporal Timothy Gilchrist
Gig Young as Lieutenant Bill Holloway
Lon Chaney, Jr. as Trooper Kebussyan ("the Ay-rab")