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"Fort Apache" (1948) was the first in what has become known as director John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy". This is a dramatized - and rather sensationalized - version of the Custer/Little Bighorn story, set in the desert Southwest. In the film, martinet Lt. Col. Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda) and his daughter, Philadelphia (Shirley Temple), travel to their new post, which Thursday sees as a major humiliation since his glory days as a general in the Civil War. He views the Apache as "digger Indians", without even the possibility of glory he thinks fighting Indians on the Northern Plains would bring. En-route, they meet dashing young 2nd Lt. Michael O'Rourke (John Agar, Temple's husband at the time), also posted at Fort Apache where he grew up, and his father is Sgt. Major O'Rourke (Ward Bond). Thursday takes command from Capt. York (John Wayne) and they immediately come in to conflict. Thursday's denial of the love between Philadelphia and Michael and his arrogance all spell trouble for the peace and safety of the regiment.
Here is my version of the major cast members:









Here are some links to individual figures I posted earlier:
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/forum/sixth-scale-action-figure-news-reviews-discussion/756461-pedro-armendariz-sgt-beaufort-fort-apache.html
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/forum/sixth-scale-action-figure-news-reviews-discussion/682081-ward-bond-2-sgt-major-orourke-fort-apache.html
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/for...scussion/824252-john-fords-bugler-derice.html

And these are links to other Trilogy posts:
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/forum/sixth-scale-action-figure-news-reviews-discussion/780491-rio-grande-kirby-kathleen-jeff-reluctant-arsonist.html
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/forum/sixth-scale-action-figure-news-reviews-discussion/728331-sir-would-you-take-look-trooper-smith.html
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/forum/sixth-scale-action-figure-news-reviews-discussion/848939-capt-nathan-brittles-version-3-0-pic-heavy.html

This set would not be complete without Philadelphia. The hs doesn't capture Shirley Temple. but the clothing makes her believable, in my opinion. And that would have been impossible without the awesome talent of my friend, Amy, of AJ Clothiers:
http://www.ajclothiers.com/

Amy took some screen captures of Philadelphia's riding outfit and created a beautiful 1/6 rendition. What a treasure!

I can take credit for Philadelphia's hat and gloves. Most of the men's uniforms are BattleGear Toys, with some NLM boots and DS trousers mixed in. The officer's shoulder straps and all of the saber belts and equipment are mine
John Wayne took kind of a back seat on this one, but he'' soon have the spotlight again. Thanks for looking!
 

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Attaboy.

I really look forward to your creations.

Damn fine work, indeed.
 

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This is pretty epic, Mark. You've assembled the cast to a great depth, and that is quite a feat. The variety of uniform, faithful to the film, reminds me how impressed I was when I first saw Fort Apache.

As a youngster, I was a bit thrown off when York appeared at the end, turned out much like Lieutenant Colonel Thursday. It took me a while to accept that the old cavalryman was honoring the fallen Thursday, by his gesture.

As ever, first class work.
 

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some of your posts take me to a different place and time, they really hit the nostalgia button in the back of my mind, this is one of those.... great cast of characters in real life and in your 1:6 rendition, excellent figures!
 
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