This is the section for all our "FUN" Fort Apache information - please enjoy!
Did You Know?
… Premiered at the Capitol Theater on June 24, 1948.
… Starred newlywed's Shirley Temple and John Agar as lovebirds Philadelphia Thursday and Lt. Michael O'Rourke. This would be Agar's first major motion picture role.
… Based on the novel "Massacre" by James Warner Bellah.
… Fort Apache was filmed, as were most John Ford Westerns, in the beautiful Monument Valley.
... Fort Apache was filmed at Ray Corrigan's ranch a 1500 acre piece of land in Simi Valley California. The fort that was built for the movie later was used as the set for the television series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. The ranch continued to be used as a movie location and an amusement park featuring stuntman shows, a western town and stagecoach rides until it was destroyed by fires in the 1970's.
You can read all about the history of the Corriganville Park here. In 1988 the land was turned into a public park and hiking trail. You can take a tour of the old western amusement park and see the original Fort Apache here
... Shirley Temple played Philadelphia, the daughter of Lt. Col. Thursday in Fort Apache. We'd like to remind you how adorably cute she was as a child actress. When she made Fort Apache she was 19 years old and married to her costar John Agar.
... We'd like to take this chance to do a mini tribute to a great character actor- Ward Bond. A fellow USC Trojan football teammate (John Wayne) helped him get started in Hollywood. He appeared in so many movies that you can name just about any movie and yes Ward Bond was in it. The Searchers. The Quiet Man, It's a Wonderful Life, Maltese Falcon, yes ,yes, yes, yes and you'll even see him in Gone with the Wind. He became known to television audiences as the wagon master on the western series Wagon Train. Look for him in nearly all of John Wayne's movies.
Here's a very brief rare clip of Ward Bond, John Wayne and John Ford on the set of one of the many movies they made together.
... The story of Fort Apache was loosely based on two famous defeats suffered by the American cal very at the hands of the Indians known as Custer's Last Stand and the Fetterman Massacre. The Indians in both of those battles were Sioux, in the movie version they became Apaches (who were played by Navajo) The leader of the Apaches in both real life and in the movie was Cochise.
... We found a site that sells episodes of old radio shows. The free sample that you can download and listen to is a radio production of Fort Apache. It's like a condensed version of the movie starring John Wayne and Ward Bond. Make sure you catch the very funny Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer commercials.
... The sound track to Fort Apache was composed by Richard Hageman who won an Oscar for his score for Stagecoach. Here is the overture with the opening credits of the movie.
... Henry Fonda's character is a Lt. Colonel but John Wayne says he remembers him as a General. This was because of something called "brevat rank" . During the Civil War there were many battlefield promotions which were only temporary after the war a soldier returned to his previous rank. The practice was know as brevatting and is not done in today's military. And that is your little known fact of the day.
... At the end of Fort Apache John Wayne's character gives a speech about the soldiers of the regiment who have died.. Some think it's one of his best performances. Here's what he says: "They aren't forgotten because they haven't died. They're living . . . right out there. Collingwood and the rest. They'll keep on living as long as the regiment lives. The pay is $13 a month. Their diet beans and hay. They'll eat horsemeat before this campaign is over. They'll fight over cards or rot gut whiskey but share the last drop in their canteens. Faces may change and names. But they're there. They're the regiment. The Regular Army now and 50 years from now. They're better men than they used to be Thursday did that. He made it a command to be proud of."
... You can listen to New York times film critic A. O. Scott talk about Fort Apache and declare that there are many parallels in this 1948 movie to our current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. He thinks we would be wise to pursue a 'York" approach (John Wayne's character) over a "Thursday" approach (Henry Fonda's character). Maybe the Pentagon needs to screen Fort Apache.
Fort Apache On Location
John Wayne is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.
John Wayne Prints
Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA SEE MAP
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find the stars of John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen and director John Ford:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
1541 Vine St.
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
1601 Vine St.
Shirley Temple Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
1500 Vine St.
Ward Bond Walk of Fame Star (Television)
6399 Hollywood Blvd.
Victor McLaglen Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
1735 Vine St.
John Ford Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
1640 Vine St.