Director Robert Wise’s first picture after leaving RKO — where he’d edited Citizen Kane (1941) and directed Blood On The Moon (1948), among many other wonderful things — was Two Flags West (1950) for 20th Century-Fox.
It was written by Frank S. Nugent, who did Fort Apache and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (both 1948) for John Ford, and who would later write The Searchers (1956) and Gunman’s Walk (1958). The Confederate prisoners fighting Indians plotline was based on something Nugent came across while researching Yellow Ribbon. It was originally announced with Victor Mature as the star.
Someone brought this picture up the other day, and I wanted to give it a little attention. It sure deserves it. It also deserves a DVD release.