The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)

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Union Army deserter, Lt. Hewitt, trains a rag tag band of all-female homesteaders to defend themselves against a Comanche tribe on the warpath.



  • Audie Murphy, Kim Charney, Jeff Donnell, Isobel Elsom, Hope Emerson, Kathryn Grant, Peggy Maley, Jeanette Nolan, Patricia Tiernan, and Ernestine Wade in The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)
  • Audie Murphy in The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)
  • The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)
  • The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)
  • Audie Murphy, Jeff Donnell, Hope Emerson, Kathryn Grant, Peggy Maley, and Jeanette Nolan in The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)
  • Audie Murphy and Kathryn Grant in The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)

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19 October 2017 | AlsExGal
| Enjoyable low budget western turns the genre upside down
In 1864, in a Colorado fort, Lt. Frank Hewitt (Murphy) deserts after failing to talk his commanding officer, Col. Chivington (Ainslie Pryor) out of attacking an Indian village that has only women and children in it. The village is located on Sand Creek. Chivington and his company massacre the inhabitants, and their male survivors swear vengeance. The rest of the film is about Hewitt's race to inform the female settlers and children (the men are away fighting the Civil War) that they are in danger. To complicate matters, the settlers are Confederate, and Hewitt is on the Union side.

Murphy is earnest and sincere in his role, and it's a relief to see him lose his temper in a film for a change. Kathryn Grant made no impression whatsoever, aside from being pretty. As Hannah Lacey, Emerson was the best player in the film. Whether she was ready to kill Hewitt at first sight, or turning thirty some women into soldiers, she was a funny, welcome presence.

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April 1957



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Amado, Arizona, USA

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