The 2021 Classic Literature on Film Blogathon – They Came to Cordura (1959)

This is my final of 3 reviews for the The 2021 Classic Literature On Film Blogathon taking place later this week and being hosted by Paul of Silver Screen Classics

Tnx for letting me partake Paul!

“One act of cowardice doesn’t make a man a coward forever, just as one act of bravery doesn’t make a man a hero forever. ” – Adelaide Geary

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – While chasing after Pancho Villa and his men in Mexico in 1916, an officer is charged with deciding whether men under his command are worthy of receiving medals of honor for their duty, but his own history of being accused of cowardice muddles his duty.

My Take on it – Really interesting film that ask some very powerful and poignant questions about heroism and cowardice at the same time.

Gary Cooper is superb in the lead role and really allows us to see both sides of this very important character trait.

The story unfolds in a very engaging way as the conversations between the various characters shed so much light on the various motivations for and against valor in battle.

The premise is a very timeless one and allows us to view acts of bravery and cowardice in a very intriguing light no matter when these actions actually took place.

In addition to Cooper, this film has Rita Hayworth, Dick York, Robert Keith, Van Heflin and Tab Hunter in prominent roles that help play this very intriguing premise to its fullest.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Besides looking far too old for his character, Gary Cooper was quite ill during shooting, and participated in this film against the advice of his doctors. Towards the end he was dragged 100 yards along the ground by a railroad handcar, something film critic Stanley Kauffmann complained about in an issue of New Republic. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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3 thoughts on “The 2021 Classic Literature on Film Blogathon – They Came to Cordura (1959)

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  2. Love that Geary quote! And it’s a perfect opener for the complexity and maturity of themes of heroism and cowardice that you point out are central to the film. I’ve never heard of this film but it boasts a heck of a cast. I didn’t know that Dick York would injure his back on this film – what a sad side story to the production. Cooper is always solid and an interesting film a couple of years before his death. Another interesting film I need to see!


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