Only the Valiant also known as Fort Invincible is a 1951 western film produced by William Cagney (younger brother of James Cagney), directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Gregory Peck and Barbara Payton. The screenplay was written by Edmund H. North and Harry Brown, based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Charles Marquis Warren.
James Caan (Jud McGraw) and Stefanie Powers (Little Moon) have one thing in common. They hate this little town they came across. Sammy Davis Jr. didn’t like it much either.
Father John (Lee Van Cleef) turns vigilante and hunts down a gang of criminals, led by Sam Clayton (Jack Palance) who kill the local priest.
This is sort of a Cain and Abel story about a rancher (Burt Lancaster) that takes in an orphaned boy. His real son gets jealous and tries to get his adopted brother in trouble, so that he can get the whole ranch.
Four of the Reno brothers are outlaws. One is a respected farmer. It’s the biggest double-cross in Western history. Randolph Scott is a secret agent sent to bring the Reno brothers and their conspirators to justice.
The farmers are petulant. The ranchers are petulant. The sheep are nervous. The sheriff is a coward. It’s Buster Crabbe and Fuzzy St. John to the rescue in one of the “Billy the Kid” series of movies.
John Wayne plays John Blair. He and his partner, Larry Adams (Lane Chandler) are out of work when the arrival of telegraph ends the Pony Express. They get swindled by Cal Drake for a telegraph line and equipment to a ghost town. John determines that he will operate the line and learns that a coach race will be staged and he signs up for it. The fastest team in the race will win a $25,000 government contract.