The Horse Soldiers

Synopsis: A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply center. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the commander. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a southern belle who must be taken along to assure her silence. The Union officers each have different reasons for wanting to be on the mission.
Director(s): John Ford
Production: United Artists
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Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

You know, shake a few hands,

kiss a few babies.

You see,

I'm running for Congress this fall.

Well, there's 30,000 votes

at Andersonville, Phil.

I hope you don't get to shake

any of their hands.

Leaves are being cancelled, orders

to reshoe the whole blasted outfit,

and some of them shoes

ain't even shiny yet.


I'm trying to figure out what's up. They've

been sitting under that tree all morning.

I heard some scuttlebutt about us being

pulled out for a big parade up North.

I figure we're heading for Nashville.

- That's to my liking.

A parade, and then leave.

Now this war is starting to shape up.

Where's the officers' conference?

- Over under that tree yonder, sir.

Thank you.

My apologies for being late.

- Understood.

Sit down, Major.

- I don't believe I know the Major.

I'm sorry.

Colonel Marlowe, Major Kendall.

How do you do?

- Glad to know you.

Major Kendall has just been

assigned to us by General Grant.

The Major seems to be out of uniform.

Where are your side arms, Kendall?

If you look in the book, you'll see

a surgeon doesn't carry them.

Surgeon? You cut out our artillery and

our wagons. Nothing to slow us down.

And now you saddle us

with a doctor and a medical unit?

Regulations, John. Kendall goes along.

Very well, sir. Any questions?

All I can say is I'm glad for some action.

- No glory hunting.

If anything knocks this into a cocked hat,

it'll be a firefight. Is that all, sir?

Logan, is Brady ready?

- Oh, a photograph.

Move away. Move back.

Are you ready for us, Brady?

Colonel. Sit down, Colonel.

Thank you very much.

- That's all right.

Sit down, Marlowe.

- No hats, please, gentlemen.

That's right. Nice and relaxed.

Now, roses are red, violets are blue,

the camera's looking straight at you.

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John Lee Mahin

John Lee Mahin (August 23, 1902, Evanston, Illinois – April 18, 1984, Los Angeles) was an American screenwriter and producer of films who was active in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1960s. He was known as the favorite writer of Clark Gable and Victor Fleming. In the words of one profile, he had "a flair for rousing adventure material, and at the same time he wrote some of the raciest and most sophisticated sexual comedies of that period." more…

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