Fort Apache (1948) — Stay on That Horse!

Fort Apache (1948) — Stay on That Horse!


ATTENTION! MEN… TODAY
WE GOING TO PUT
YOU ON THE HORSES. NO MORE WALKING. AND BY THE TIME WE
GET THOUGH WITH YEZ, YOU’LL BE RIDING
LIKE SENATORS,
ALL OF YEZ. AND
YOUR ROUGH-RIDING
SERGEANT WILL BE SERGEANT BEAUFORT. RELAX! ATTENTION! GENTLEMEN,
THIS IS A HORSE. YOU WILL OBSERVE
IT HAS NO SADDLE. IT HAS NO SADDLE BECAUSE IT WILL
BE EASIER FOR YOU TO STAY ON
WITHOUT ONE. DID ANY OF YOU HAVE
THE HONOR OF SERVING WITH THE SOUTHERN
ARMS DURING THE LATE WAR
BETWEEN THE STATES? YES, SIR. I HAD THE PRIDE, SIR, OF SERVING WITH
BEDFORD FORREST. I AM PROUD
TO SHAKE YOUR HAND. I HOPE YOU’LL
HAVE THE PLEASURE OF BUYING ME
A DRINK NEXT PAYDAY. AN HONOR, SIR. YOU ARE NOW AN
ACTING CORPORAL. SERGEANT… PLEASE,
SERGEANT MULCAHY. AND NOW GENTLEMEN,
THIS GALLANT SOLDIER, MEMBER OF THE GREATEST
CAVALRY THAT EVER LIVED, WILL SHOW YOU YANKEES
HOW TO RIDE. YEE-HAH! YEE-HAH! ATTENTION! NOW YOU SEE
HOW EASY IT IS. GENTLEMEN,
TO YOUR HORSES. WHO WILL BE
THE FIRST VOLUNTEER? I AM. AW, COME ON.
GET UP THERE. A GENTLEMAN
ALWAYS REMOUNTS. GET IN THERE. COME ON, THERE. STAY ON YOUR
HORSES, MEN, AND IF YOU FALL OFF,
GET ON AGAIN. IT’S AN ORDER
IN THE ARMY, THAT WHEN YOU
FALL OFF YOUR HORSES YOU MOUNT AGAIN
LIKE GENTLEMEN. GET UP THERE. GET ON THAT HORSE. WHAT ARE YOU
DOING DOWN THERE? GET BACK
ON THAT HORSE. HANG ON. GET OFF
OF HIS NECK, THERE. GET ON
THAT HORSE AGAIN. GET UP THERE
ON THAT HORSE. HEY! WHERE DO YOU THINK
YOU’RE GOING
WITH THAT HORSE? WHAT’S THE MATTER
WITH YOU? COME ON! COME ON,
GET UP HERE. WATCH IT DOWN THERE. KEEP CLOSE TOGETHER. EVERYBODY JUST
GET RIGHT WHERE– STAY ON THAT HORSE! SIR,
I BEG TO REPORT I LOST
MY YANKEE CAP. THANK YOU, SIR,
THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SIR,
THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SIR,
THANK YOU.

21 thoughts on “Fort Apache (1948) — Stay on That Horse!

  1. I would put The Horse Soldiers in there, but it was made a number of years later. I worked for The NEW doing Civil War Living History Interpretation at pretty much Every National Battlefield and at times we would break 1st person to use some of the great lines that were in these movies.

  2. The ex-Bedford Forrest trooper is played by Hank Worden, a skilled horseman as depicted here, who eight years later would play the memorable character Mose Harper in The Searchers.

  3. thanks: served with an awesome Cavalry commander but he went sideways founding the KKK…….Pax Christi

  4. So… ye've never ridden a horse before, eh? Well, here we've got some horses that have never been ridden. Y'can all learn together.

  5. The Late Mexican Actor Pedro Armendariz Sr. Did Indeed Speak Perfect American English In This 1948 Film Classic " Fort Apache". I Await Your Response.

  6. john wayne never had any military connection … he avoided any military contact …. like donald trump he remains a gutless wonder … deluded american fools can go to hell

  7. Hank Worden, the actor playing the trooper who rode with Forrest's cavalry, was actually raised on a cattle ranch in Montana. What's even more impressive is that he was educated at Stanford University and University of Nevada as an engineer. He toured the country in rodeos as a saddle bronc rider before he made his way into films. One story has it that during one ride, his horse landed atop him and broke his neck, but aside from a temporarily sore neck, Worden did not know of the break until x-rayed twenty years later.  There were A LOT of very talented people who ended up in Ford's pictures. And as someone who rides horses, I watched his performance and that of the other actors, and I can tell you that it takes a great degree of horse riding skill to act as buffoons as they do here without hurting themselves or the horses.

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