The Man FromThe Alamo

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During the Alamo siege, John Stroud is sent to Ox Bow to protect the townsfolk but, following a massacre, he infiltrates Jess Wade’s gang of turncoat renegades supporting the Mexicans.

ACTORS :  Glenn Ford, Julie Adams, Chill Wills

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1953

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The Man FromThe Alamo  During the war for Texas independence, one man leaves the Alamo before the end (chosen by lot to help others’ families) but is too late to accomplish his mission, and is branded a coward. Since he cannot now expose a gang of turncoats, he infiltrates them instead. Can he save a wagon train of refugees from Wade’s Guerillas?

Excellent western from the master of tight action

The Man FromThe Alamo  Glenn Ford plays the only survivor of the Alamo — not a very popular man in Texas. Of course, the story gives him a good excuse — he drew lots with some other Alamo soldiers to see who would go west to defend their homes from Texan bandits hired by the Mexicans, but the families were already dead when he gets there — but nobody wants to believe him, except one lovely woman on the wagon train he sets out to defend. Only problem is his strategy of siding with the bandits to get into their confidence puts him in a nearly impossible situation.

A well-made film, with convincing action and gritty characters. Unlike other Boetticher westerns, here the scale of the film is “epic” as the future of the West hangs in the balance. Ford makes a surprisingly good substitute for Randolph Scott or John Wayne.

hero or coward?

During the war of independence of Texas, a group of five men of the city of Oxbow chooses, for a raffle, who would leave the fort Alamo to save the families of all them of the Mexican troops. Stroud is the chosen, but is considered a coward by the other men of the fort, that don’t know about the real reason of his escape.

However, when arriving to his home, his family and the one of all his companions had been killed by American renegades, that struggled beside of the Mexicans. Now, is the hour of the his revenge! But how to face the hostility of all the Texans that considered him a coward for fleeing of the Alamo?

Happily, his heroic behavior due to the adversities, as when leading a caravan of Texans before an attack of the renegades, will show to his compatriots him real value!

Good film, with good interpretations. An excellent western for a Saturday afternoon.

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