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The Command


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With shoot-'em-ups galore, a clean-cut hero, dust-beaten horse soldiers and fearless warriors, The Command - Warner Bros.' first CinemaScope? release - is a galloping entertainment success. Guy Madison portrays 7th cavalry doctor Capt. Robert MacClaw, unexpectedly handed the reins of his battered troop's command. Unfamiliar with by-the-book military tactics, MacClaw nevertheless knows how to take charge. He keeps the book closed and his mind open as he leads his men and a settlers' wagon train on a desperate journey besieged by waves of Indian attacks. Multiple Oscar? winner* Dimitri Tiomkin provides the lively score pacing the thunderous action. And plenty of hoofs provide the thunder: the movie's wrangler estimated the project required 41,882 horse-hours (number of horses times number of hours used). That ain't hay!

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  • Actors: James Whitmore, Joan Weldon Guy Madison
  • Directors: David Butler
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EAYDSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Command" on IMDb

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Good story, lots of action.
John L. Siereveld
One of the very best old western movies.
Lizzie
Most enjoyable to watch and relax.
Cappy in Naples

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dr S. S. Nagi on September 7, 2009
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This Movie was Warner Bros first Cinemacsope release. Capt Doctor Robert MacClaw (Guy Madison) plays 7th cavalry Captain unexpectedly handed incharge of his battered troop's command. Unfamiliar with by-the-book military tactics, MacClaw knows how to take charge using his medical knowledge and tactics. He leads his men and a settler's wagon train on a desperate journey surrounded by many indian attacks. Elliot (James Whitmore) helps him keep the men in check and face the dangers.
They must join the infantry and keep a rear guard and use wagon troops inorder to beat the indians. MacClaw keeps his profession secret from the men inorder to help his men and the settlers. Then there is the danger of small pox spreading, towards which the indians have no immunity.
Will they reach the pass, inorder to survive? Will the men obey MacClaw? Will the the indians be able to stop them ? Watch this rare action movie beautifully filmed in Widescreen and technicolor. The director David Butler, keeps the action and story moving. There is also excellent music score by Dimitri Tiomkin. The movie is only 90 mts, but very watchable. The DVD is produced from Warner archive collection.
Watch and ENJOY. (ENGLAND. GB)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Cathey on August 10, 2009
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Exciting cavalry vs. Redskins oater with Guy Madison (an army doctor) taking over command of a dishelved command of cavalry and successfully getting them through all sorts of perils. Action galore, good color photography, and what we used to really enjoy when we went to see Western movies! Recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 8, 2009
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The Command , starring Guy Madison, action filled from beginning to end, the actors place you into the movie, i hunted for years to find a copy of this movie, but of course it was still in the VAULT! FINALLY!!!!! released a few months ago, don't hesitate to purchase this movie as i said it is the best western ever made
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick Lane on February 11, 2013
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This is a good Western starring; Guy Madison and James Whitmore. Warner Bros. did a great job on transferring great video and audio quality on DVD. This movie is presented in Widescreen, color and runs for about 94mins (1hr 34mins). This movie also stars; Joan Weldon, Carl Benton Reid, Harvey Lembeck, Ray Teal, plus others! Overall this is a good Western and I would recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TONYD1942 on July 21, 2012
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Guy Madison was one of my favorites back in the 50s. "The Command" is one of the best of the "B" Westerns about the battles between the Army and the Indians for pocession of the western lands. Good action all around. It's unfortunate that I can't find, on DVD, one of my all-time favorite movies, "The Charge at Feather River". I think that was Guy Madison's best movie. Overall, this DVD is in excellent quality and the packaging was good. Service was excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By History Nut on May 2, 2011
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This disk plays fine and is a great copy of this movie.

The movie is typical of the 50s era cavalry/western movies. The action is pretty entertaining including a mounted charge firing revolvers. The troopers are using Winchester 92s which were never U.S. issue but most movies used them so they could fire rapidly. Spencer carbines would have been reasonable historically but even in the 50s no ammunition would have been available nor very many carbines. Trapdoor Springfields would have been correct and were plentiful and cheap but the on screen shooting would have been slower.

The "circle the wagons" scenes near the end were also used in "Hondo" staring John Wayne. In all my reading of Western History, the Indians didn't ride around just outside a circle of wagons. That would be presenting yourself as a 'shooting gallery' target! They did lay siege to circles of wagons but would either charge home and overwhelm the defenders or stay back under cover and shoot at the defenders until they were incapacitated/dead. Again that doesn't play well in a movie.

I enjoy the movie for its action and characters. Joan Weldon and James Whitmore went on to make "Them" and Guy Madison made many more movies including Westerns. Those were the days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joy CJ on August 6, 2013
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Hard to find older western love it good quality and works great for as old the original movie was released.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cappy in Naples on March 25, 2012
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I appreciate the re-release of this film and films like it. These were the movies that kept me going to the Saturday shows for kids. I am guessing that most people today do not remember these fantastic actors and actresses. They were and are still my heros. Most enjoyable to watch and relax.
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