Only the Valiant

Only the Valiant

Gordon Douglas (1950)

PG Certificate


Our Score
In this traditional, no-nonsense western, Gregory Peck plays a cavalry commander whose harsh methods make him less than popular with his men, though everyone pulls together heroically when the Apaches gather at the mountain pass. It's based on a novel by Charles Marquis Warren and is clearly influenced by earlier westerns, most notably Red River and Fort Apache. Peck has a decent role as the martinet officer, and the supporting cast includes such familiar faces as Ward Bond and Jeff Corey.


A tough cavalry officer selects six unlikely comrades to undertake a vital mission to defend an isolated fort against marauding Apaches. His men's initial hostility soon turns to respect, however, as they realise his wily ways will see them through the conflict. Western adventure based on a novel by Charles Marquis Warren, starring Gregory Peck, Barbara Payton, Ward Bond and Lon Chaney Jr.

Cast & Crew

Capt Richard Lance Gregory Peck
Cpl Timothy Gilchrist Ward Bond
Cathy Eversham Barbara Payton
Lt William Holloway Gig Young
Kebussyan Lon Chaney Jr
Sgt Ben Murdock Neville Brand
Joe Harmony Jeff Corey
Rutledge Warner Anderson
Director Gordon Douglas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video