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Plot: A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail supply center. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the commander. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a southern belle who must be taken along to assure her silence.
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For some reason, many critics and John Ford fans underrated this saga of the Grierson raid of 1863, in which 1700 Union cavalrymen galloped from Illinois to New Orleans to divert Confederate attention from Grant’s Vicksburg campaign. I think it’s one of Ford’s best films, ranking with his Cavalry Trilogy. The action scenes are the best in any Civil War films and John Wayne’s performance is perhaps the best of his career. I don’t have any problem with the love story. 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!). The sequence with the military academy is great. In the real battle of New Market, the Union forces did not spare the VMI cadets, who would have been older than these boys and were part of a larger Confederate force.
One of the last scenes in the film contains tow forgivable historical errors. Dr. Holden is seen boiling his utensils. He tells Wayne that he is staying behind to care for the wounded even if it mean capture. Wayne asks “Even if it means Andersonville?” Holden answers “yes”. Pasteur didn’t determine the cause of infection until 1879. More Civil War soldiers died of their wounds after battle than during the battles precisely because Civil War doctors did not take the precautions Holden is shown taking here. The Andersonville prison camp was founded in February, 1864, to alleviate overcrowding at Libby Prison in Richmond and to remove the captees from the front lines. It didn’t exist at the time of the Grierson raid. Obviously Ford and his writers felt Andersonville would raise an image of horror in the viewers that underscored the sacrifice Holden is making by staying.
The Section Hand and The Croker
John Wayne’s been given a critical job to do by none other than General Ulysses S. Grant. He’s been ordered to take 3 brigades deep into Confederate territory and destroy a critical rail supply station at a place called Newton’s Station and then get his troops out the best way he can. He’s ordered to take along, an army surgeon played by William Holden. Wayne’s got what appears to be an unreasoning dislike of Holden and their rivalry professional and personal is what drives the plot of the Horse Soldiers.
John Ford always disparaged the films he made after Wings of Eagles, but in my opinion, The Horse Soldiers is one of his finest films. Also in my humble opinion he managed to get one of John Wayne’s finest film performances. Wayne’s a volunteer officer, in civilian life he rose from section hand on a railroad to an construction engineer. Holden calls him “section hand” as a term of derision after Wayne consistently refers to him as “croker.”
Wayne and Holden were very close personal friends and friendly rivals at the box office. That’s part of the reason that The Horse Soldiers is so good, the chemistry between them. In fact when Wayne died in 1979, Holden was said to have gone on one legendary drinking binge. Who would have suspected we’d have lost him as well two years later.
Holden as the doctor has a less flamboyant part than Wayne, but he makes the most of what he was given. I suspect knowing the relationship between Wayne and John Ford, he knew going in his part would be less, but he did it anyway.
Anyone who thinks John Wayne incapable of acting should see the scene in the saloon at Newton’s Station after the Union forces repel a Confederate attack and are about their business destroying the railroad property. In a great drunk scene he reveals to Constance Towers the reason for his hatred of the medical profession. I won’t reveal it, but it’s something we can all understand. Wayne did this scene so well that Ford used an abbreviated version of it in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
Ford makes marvelous use of music in there, weaving traditional Civil War era songs with the song written by Stan Jones for the film, I Left My Love. That is one catchy and infectious ballad, one of the best things written for a John Ford movie. Incidentally Stan Jones makes a brief appearance in the film as Ulysses S. Grant and does well by him.
There are two in the supporting cast that deserve mention. During the Civil War Lincoln had to deal with volunteer political generals, most of whom were a flop. Willis Bouchey playing John Wayne’s co-commander in the expedition captures the phenomenon to perfection. He’s argumentative, arrogant, and a general pain in the butt to Wayne. It’s probably Bouchey’s finest screen performance.
And Carleton Young also gives what I think is his finest screen performance as the one armed Confederate colonel who tries in vain to stop Wayne from completing his plans. It’s a role that requires dignity and strength and Carleton Young is marvelous. In fact the contrast between Bouchey and Young as soldiers is pretty obvious.
The relationship between the Section Hand and The Croker evolves during the running time of The Horse Soldiers. It’s a relationship well worth seeing develop.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr (120 min), 1 hr 59 min (119 min) (UK), 1 hr 59 min (119 min) (DVD) (USA)
Genre Adventure, Romance, War, Western
Director John Ford
Writer John Lee Mahin (written for the screen by), Martin Rackin (written for the screen by), Harold Sinclair (from the novel by)
Actors John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Mirisch Corporation
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1 (intended ratio)
Laboratory DeLuxe (as De Luxe)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm