Approved | | Crime, Western
Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer.
The first of several films Woody Strode did with John Ford, who called him his closest friend.
Lt. Tom Cantrell:
Rutledge needs all the help he can get.
Mary Beecher: Whose fault is that? And you of all people defending him.
Lt. Tom Cantrell: If only you knew the facts.
Cordelia testifies to hearing two shots from Major Dabney's quarters on the night of the murders. But Major Dabney's small revolver has been fired twice, and Sergeant Rutledge has been wounded twice, as confirmed by Lieutenant Cantrell's examination of Rutledge, "But this wasn't Apaches, not two small-caliber bullet wounds." Since Dr. Eckner found that Dabney had been killed by another shot from a large caliber service gun, Cordelia should have heard three shots.