Though a disappointing western with a routine plot, ONLY THE VALIANT is somewhat redeemed by its star and a solid supporting cast. Peck plays a hard-nosed Army captain who is assigned to lead a detachment of men to guard a narrow pass that will be used by the Apaches to attack an
undermanned fort. Their job is to hold off the warring Apaches until a reinforcement unit of 400 soldiers arrives. The by-the-book captain selects the toughest, most unruly men in the cavalry for the mission (Bond, Chaney, Young, Brand, and Brodie among them), all of whom hate his guts. Then,
through rigorous training and discipline, Peck manages to whip the men into shape and transforms t...