You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. But she and her slave, Lukey (Althea Gibson), eavesdrop on a staff meeting as Marlowe discusses his battle strategy. In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks. Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer. [2] The film company built a bridge over the Cane River for the pivotal battle scene, and many locals were hired as extras. The story of a man who was shot, robbed and imprisoned who returns to steal a large gold shipment from the man who wronged him. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a southern belle who must be taken along to assure her silence. The Horse Soldiers is a 1959 American adventure war western film set during the American Civil War directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, William Holden and Constance Towers. While the unit rests at Greenbriar Plantation, Miss Hannah Hunter (Constance Towers), the plantation's mistress, acts as a gracious hostess to the unit's officers. The action scenes are the best in any Civil War films and John Wayne's performance is perhaps the best of his career. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the commander. In addition to Kendall and Miss Hunter, Marlowe also must contend with Col. Phil Secord (Willis Bouchey), a politically ambitious officer who continually second-guesses Marlowe's orders and command decisions. \rWe're riding down to hell and back for Ulysses Simpson Grant.\r\r\r-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Looking for some great streaming picks? (1959). Several battles ensue, including the capture of Newton Station, later a fire fight during which Lukey is killed, and a skirmish with boy cadets from a local military school (based on the actual Battle of New Market). The gold is transported in an armored stage coach, the War Wagon. William Holden is the same cynical character he is in so many films, (this was just two years after "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and here he is back in a war movie- one that ends with a bridge blowing up!). \r\rHi-Yo! Hannah Hunter, Marlowe's love interest, has no historical counterpart. \r\rHi-Yo! The Horse Soldiers 1959 \r115 minutesAction \rDirector: John Ford \rCast: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt \rA Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply centre. hits Marlow in the jaw as he is taking off his blouse, ’12 Strong’ Trailer: Chris Hemsworth Wins The First Victory In The War On Terror, Chris Hemsworth leads a band of soldiers in an intense trailer for 12 Strong, Chris Hemsworth Rides a Horse into War in First Trailer for '12 Strong', American-produced Classic Western Pairings. Down they go, there's so such word as can't. Down they go, there's so such word as can't. John Vogel . After the Civil War, ex-Confederate soldiers heading for a new life in Mexico run into ex-Union cavalrymen selling horses to the Mexican government but they must join forces to fight off Mexican bandits and revolutionaries. In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks. Army dispatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.