The Command (1954 film)

The Command is a 1954 CinemaScope Western film directed by David Butler. It stars Guy Madison and James Whitmore.[2] It was based on the novel Rear Guard by James Warner Bellah and features a screenplay by Sam Fuller.

The Command
Original film poster
Directed byDavid Butler
Produced byDavid Weisbart
Written byJames Warner Bellah (novel "Rear Guard")
Samuel Fuller
Russell S. Hughes
StarringGuy Madison
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
CinematographyWilfred M. Cline
Edited byIrene Morra
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • February 13, 1954 (1954-02-13)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.5 million (US)[1]


Once the commanding officer of a cavalry patrol is killed, the ranking officer who must take command is an army doctor. The patrol's sergeant convinces the doctor to impersonate a military (rather than medical) commander, to avoid embarrassment while passing an infantry troop. The plan backfires when the colonel leading the infantry troop orders the doctor, who maintains the ruse, to lead "his" cavalry troop into hostile territory.


  1. 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1954', Variety Weekly, January 5, 1955
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