The Command

The Command

Director: David Butler Cast: Guy Madison, Joan Weldon, James Whitmore

DVD (Wide Screen)

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The Command was Warner Bros.' first Technicolor release. Guy Madison, then extremely popular with western fans by virtue of the TVer Wild Bill Hickok, heads the cast as Army medical captain McClaw. When a cavalry commander is killed, McClaw, the next-highest-ranking officer, is forced to assume command, even though his combat experience is practically nil. Overcoming the resentment of the men under his command, McClaw is able to stem an Indian attack and rescue a wagon train--not through any sort of brilliant strategy, but by improvising as he goes along. Harvey Lembeck's comic-relief role as a grousing trooper was later parodied by Billy Crystal in Mr. Saturday Night (alas, this sequence was left on the cutting room floor when Crystal's film hit the screens). Also in the cast are aish Magnificent Obsession.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2009
UPC: 0883316127100
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 21,510

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Guy Madison Capt. MacClaw
Joan Weldon Martha Cutting
James Whitmore Sgt. Elliott
Carl Benton Reid Col. Janeway
Harvey Lembeck Gottschalk
Ray Teal Dr. Trent
Don Shelton Maj. Gibbs
Gregg Barton Capt. Forsythe
Boyd "Red" Morgan Cpl. Fleming
Zachary Yaconelli Mr. Pellegrini
Renata Vanni Mrs. Pellegrini
Tom Monroe Nikirk
Robert Nichols Actor

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Samuel Fuller Screenwriter
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
Russell S. Hughes Screenwriter
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Irene Morra Editor
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Bertram Tuttle Art Director
David Weisbart Producer

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