Campbell, Russell
August 1971
Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television;Aug71, Issue 2, p8
Academic Journal
The article presents the history of the filming of the movie “Fort Apache,” directed by John Ford. The film was the first of the Cavalry movie trilogy based on stories by James Warner Bellah. An independent production company owned by Ford, Argoay Pictures, made the movie, and the director worked with writer Frank Nugent. The film was shot in three weeks and was $700,000 under budget. The writer also discusses the themes in the film, which was set in the Old West: relationships between men and women and within families, the effectiveness of military command, and the questionable morality of an unjust attack on Indians. The film was shot on location in Monument Valley in Arizona and Utah.


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