Sergeant Rutledge (1960): John Ford’s Western Starring Woody Strode

Sergeant Rutledge was John Ford’s last cavalry film.

Set in the 1880s, it tells the story of an African-American cavalryman (Woody Strode) who is wrongfully accused of raping and murdering a white girl.

The was poorly marketed as a suspense film by Warners and was not a commercial success.