Fort Apache

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Overview

In John Ford's sombre exploration the mythology of American heroes, he slowly reveals the character of Owen Thursday, who sees his new posting to the desolate Fort Apache as a chance to claim the military honour which he believes is rightfully his. Arrogant, obsessed with military form and ultimately self-destructive, Thursday attempts to destroy the Apache chief Cochise after luring him across the border from Mexico, against the advice of his subordinates.

Movie Data

Facts

Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 5m

Budget $2,500,000.00

Revenue $3,000,000.00

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Release Information

  • March 26, 1948
    Theatrical

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Cast 33

  1. John Wayne

    John Wayne
    Capt. Kirby York

  2. Henry Fonda

    Henry Fonda
    Lt. Col. Owen Thursday

  3. Shirley Temple

    Shirley Temple
    Philadelphia Thursday

  4. Pedro Armendáriz

    Pedro Armendáriz
    Sgt. Beaufort

  5. Ward Bond

    Ward Bond
    Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke

  6. George O'Brien

    George O'Brien
    Capt. Sam Collingwood

  7. Victor McLaglen

    Victor McLaglen
    Sgt. Festus Mulcahy

  8. Anna Lee

    Anna Lee
    Mrs. Emily Collingwood

  9. Irene Rich

    Irene Rich
    Mrs. Mary O'Rourke

  10. Dick Foran

    Dick Foran
    Sgt. Quincannon

  11. Guy Kibbee

    Guy Kibbee
    Capt. Dr. Wilkens

  12. Grant Withers

    Grant Withers
    Silas Meacham

  13. Jack Pennick

    Jack Pennick
    Sgt. Daniel Schattuck

  14. RH

    Ray Hyke
    Lt. Gates

  15. Movita

    Movita
    Guadalupe

  16. Miguel Inclán
  17. Mary Gordon

    Mary Gordon
    Ma (barmaid)

  18. PK

    Philip Kieffer
    Cavalryman

  19. Mae Marsh

    Mae Marsh
    Mrs. Gates

  20. Hank Worden

    Hank Worden
    Southern Recruit

  21. John Agar

    John Agar
    2nd Lt. Michael Shannon O'Rourke

  22. Frank Ferguson

    Frank Ferguson
    Newspaperman (uncredited)

  23. Francis Ford

    Francis Ford
    Fen - Stage Guard (uncredited)

  24. WF

    William Forrest
    Reporter (uncredited)

  25. AT

    Archie Twitchell
    Reporter (uncredited)

  26. Fred Graham

    Fred Graham
    Cavalryman (uncredited)

  27. Cliff Clark

    Cliff Clark
    Stage Driver (uncredited)

  28. JC

    Jane Crowley
    Officer's Wife (uncredited)

  29. BS

    Brick Sullivan
    Officer at Dance (uncredited)

  30. FM

    Frank McGrath
    Cpl. Derice (uncredited)

  31. PS

    Phil Schumacher
    Soldier (uncredited)

  32. MS

    Mickey Simpson
    NCO at Dance (uncredited)

  33. HT

    Harry Tenbrook
    Tom O'Feeney (uncredited)

Crew 27

Art

  1. JB

    James Basevi
    Art Direction

Camera

  1. AS

    Archie Stout
    Director of Photography

  2. EF

    Eddie Fitzgerald
    Camera Operator

  3. AS

    Al St. Hilaire
    Still Photographer

Costume & Make-Up

  1. EL

    Emile LaVigne
    Makeup Artist

  2. JK

    Joseph Kish
    Set Dressing Artist

  3. AP

    Ann Peck
    Costume Design

Crew

  1. WH

    William H. Clothier
    Cinematography

  2. CL

    Cliff Lyons
    Second Unit

  3. DK

    Dave Koehler
    Special Effects

  4. DH

    Daniel Hays
    Special Effects

  5. FB

    Frank Baker
    Stunts

Directing

  1. John Ford

    John Ford
    Director

  2. LJ

    Lowell J. Farrell
    Assistant Director

  3. Jack Pennick

    Jack Pennick
    Assistant Director

  4. FP

    Frank Parmenter
    Assistant Director

Editing

  1. JM

    Jack Murray
    Editor

Production

  1. John Ford

    John Ford
    Executive Producer

  2. Merian C. Cooper

    Merian C. Cooper
    Executive Producer

  3. BM

    Bernard McEveety
    Production Manager

Sound

  1. RH

    Richard Hageman
    Original Music Composer

  2. JI
  3. FW
  4. LC
  5. MD

    Morton Downey
    Additional Soundtrack

Writing

  1. FS

    Frank S. Nugent
    Screenplay

  2. JW

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