Sergeant Rutledge

Shot among the magnificent buttes of John Ford's beloved Mounument Valley, SERGEANT RUTLEDGE was the first mainstream western to cast an African-American as the central heroic figure. There already had been other westerns with black characters--from the 1923 silent THE BULL-DOGGER to BRONZE BUCKAROO (1938) and HARLEM ON THE PRAIRIE (1939)--but these more