Only the Valiant

Synopsis: Capt. Richard Lance is unjustly held responsible, by his men and girlfriend, for an Indian massacre death of beloved Lt. Holloway. Holloway is killed while escorting a dangerous Indian chief to another fort's prison. The chief escapes. Knowing their fort is in danger of Indian attack, Lance takes a small group of army misfits to an abandoned nearby army fort to defend a mountain pass against the oncoming Indian assault. Their mission is to stall for time until reinforcements from another fort arrive. The men in this small group of malcontents, deserters, psychopaths and cowards all hate Capt. Lance and wish him dead. Much to their chagrin, the men recognize that Lance's survival instincts, military knowledge and leadership are the only chance the group has of staying alive.
Director(s): Gordon Douglas
Production: Warner Bros.
105 min

My name is Joe Harmony.

This is my stamping ground.

I'm a scout for the Army.

Had my work cut out for me

for a long time.

Behind that pass

there is the whole 'Apache nation.

They used to come

swarming out of that pass

killing everything in sight.

Then we built a fort.

Fort Invincible.

Plugged up the pass

just like a cork in a bottle.

Things was fine for a while.

But them 'paches is pretty smart.

One day the bottle blew

the cork plum apart.

Just as I figured.

That's Tucsos.

He's the boss of all the Apaches,

the fella that started

this whole business.

You step aside, Corporal.

The Army doesn't shoot prisoners, Joe.

I'm a civilian.

We'll take him back

to Fort Winston with us.

You crazy?

This ain't no common injun.

He's just about as near to a god

as a fella can get.

If you shoot him now,

things will quiet down.

Without Tucsos stirring them up,

the rest of them injuns

would get reasonable

just as fast as they can.

If you take him in alive,

you'll have every Apache

in the territory coming after him.

We had three years of this.

You can stop it right now.

We'll take him back to Winston, Joe.

Suit yourself, Dick.

Come on.

- Lieutenant Underwood.

- Yes, sir.

Detail the men

to return to Fort Winston.

Have them inform Colonel Drumm

that we're bringing Tucsos in.

Yes, sir.

And put a burial detail to work.

I want this place looking like

a cavalry post before we leave.

Yes, sir.

That's all he ever cares about:

Leave it looking neat.

Cavalry post.


Eyes... right!

Present arms!

Send the prisoner over to the guard

and dismiss the detail.

Yes, sir.

Detail dismount!

I tell you, I ain't never

saw the likes of it.

Mike, rack that up for me.

There were 16 million Indians.

16 million of them, I tell you!

And they're running through that pass

like a bunch of crazy jackrabbits.

Oh, stop that noise.

And right there stands this fella Tucsos,

waiting to be shot.

Just waiting to be shot!

And what does our captain do?

He says, "Men, I want

this place cleaned up

and looking like a cavalry post

the first thing you do!"

And that's all he said.

By golly, it's enough

to drive a man to drink.

This is the last time I ever

go anyplace without this.

Did he have any orders

to go through the pass

or to shoot Tucsos?

How do I know?

Well, if he didn't, he wouldn't.

Orders was made to be broke, Rutledge.

Not with Captain Lance.

I ought to know that

better than anybody.

What's the matter with Saxton?

Oh, that one.

He's tired of tooting his bugle.

Wants a carbine.

You should have seen

the poor lad up there.

Shaking in his boots he was.

It was his first time.

Ah, first time.

I know all about that.

Listen, you either got it,

or you ain't got it,

and he ain't got it.

No, sir.

Why, you...

Did you want

to say something?



Two cards, please.

- Hello, Captain Lance.

- Mrs. Drumm.

The Colonel's in his room.

Thank you.


Sit down, Captain.

Thank you, sir.

So you got him, Richard.

And they're all dead up there...

Selden, all of them.

Yes, sir.

That's horrible.

It can be worse.

There have been a few times

in my life, Richard,

when I regretted having to obey orders.

This is one of them.

I almost wish you'd

killed Tucsos up there

instead of bringing him in.

As it is, you saw these settlers

on the parade ground.

They've been coming in

for three or four days now,

looking for protection,

but it's blasted little protection they've got.

We're under-strength.

The relief column won't be here

for at least ten days.

They're sending 400 men,

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Edmund H. North

Edmund Hall North (March 12, 1911 – August 28, 1990), was an American screenwriter who shared an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with Francis Ford Coppola in 1970 for their script for Patton. North wrote the screenplay for the 1951 science-fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still and is credited for creating the famous line from the film, "Klaatu barada nikto". more…

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