Escape from Fort Bravo 05/15/21

The Warner Archive Collection

John Sturges’ first color western is a tightly organized and unpretentious winner about a stern Union prison warden and a Confederate prisoner teaming up to fight an Apache enemy … wait, that sounds familiar. William Holden and Eleanor Parker strike sparks out on the ruddy mesas, while Sturges has a field day with the amazing Death Valley scenery and a highly original action scene. ‘Realistic escapism?’ It’s like a formula for future action cinema. And the ads didn’t let us forget: it all looks sensational in glowing ‘Ansco Color.’ With John Forsyth, William Demarest, William Campbell and Polly Bergen; on Blu-ray from The Warner Archive Collection.