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Fort Courageous (1965)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C



Made around the same time as Convict Stage (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and with some of the same people, Don “Red” Barry made director Lesley Selander’s Fort Courageous (1965) as Fred Beir plays a wrongly court marshaled Calvary sergeant who has to fight to get his reputation back in this mixed Revenge Western that is not as good as Stage, but has some good moments.  Too bad there are not enough in this short 72 minutes.


Simply put, Richard Landau’s screenplay cannot get by its conventions, melodrama and even formula.  The actors give it their best and the fight scenes are not bad, but ultimately, you can see why films like this made F-Troop possible.  No matter how ambitious, this kind of Western was heading into the sunset.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image looks better than the 1.33 X 1 full frame version, though that has more picture information since cinematographer Gordon Avil shot this one in soft mate too.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is a little better than the 2.0 Mono with another serviceable score by Richard LaSalle.  Extras include the original theatrical trailer, two stills sections and the pressbook with the ability to click onto text sections and read them in large form.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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