Lieutenant Tom Cantrell is sent to defend Sergeant Braxton Rutledge, a black cavalry soldier, on a charge of rape and murder. The story begins in a courtroom and it is told through flashbacks. This is a story of how a black soldier in the face of danger from the Indians can be so easily mistaken as a criminal.—Christopher D. Ryan
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Sergeant Rutledge probably is the best film ever made by Hollywood dealing with a Negro personality in the key role and dealing with what are the ugliest aspects of crime across the color line.