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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

 -  Drama | Western  -  22 October 1949 (USA)
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After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he's also required to take along Abby Allshard, ... See full summary »

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Olivia Dandridge
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Lt. Flint Cohill
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2nd Lt. Ross Pennell
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Top Sgt. Quincannon
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Abby 'Old Iron Pants' Allshard
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Major Mac Allshard, Commanding Officer Fort Starke
Arthur Shields ...
Dr. O'Laughlin
Michael Dugan ...
Sgt. Hochbauer
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Fred Graham ...
Sgt. Hench
Chief Sky Eagle ...
Chief Sky Eagle
Tom Tyler ...
Cpl. Mike Quayne
Noble Johnson ...
Chief Red Shirt
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After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he's also required to take along Abby Allshard, wife of the Fort's commanding officer, and her niece, the pretty Olivia Dandridge, who are being evacuated for their own safety. Brittles is only a few days away from retirement and Olivia has caught the eye of two of the young officers in the Company, Lt. Flint Cohill and 2nd Lt. Ross Pennell. She's taken to wearing a yellow ribbon in her hair, a sign that she has a beau in the Cavalry, but refuses to say for whom she is wearing it. Written by garykmcd

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Wayne's greatest role as an Indian fighting Captain ! See more »

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Drama | Western

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22 October 1949 (USA)  »

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Der Teufelshauptmann  »

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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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The medal Capt. Brittles is wearing during the final troop review is the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) medal worn by Union veterans of the Civil War. See more »

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Despite the demise of the 'Pony Express' in 1861 and the completion of the telegraph in 1862, notification in many areas, even in 1876, still traveled by horse. The Custer column from Fort Lincoln did not string telegraph lines as it moved west to engage the 'hostile Indians'. After the 'massacre', the word was sent East, at least to Fort Lincoln, by courier on horseback. It took nearly two weeks for the word to reach the East Coast (General Sherman on July 4th). See more »

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Chief Pony That Walks: I am a Christian! Halleluja!
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Referenced in The Making of 'The Quiet Man' (1992) See more »

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St. Patrick's Day
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Tie a yellow ribbon
4 July 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

John Ford, perhaps the greatest film director of the last century, was in love with the pioneering men and women that settled the west. Mr. Ford had an amazing eye for the beauty of the land. This is a film where he pays tribute and his undying admiration to the spirit of adventure of those who dared and had a vision of the majesty of what awaited them as the traveled west.

"She Wore a Yellow Ribbon", is a beautiful film to look at. The glorious Technicolor utilized for the movie stands on its own as the legacy of the director and his cinematographer Winton Hoch whose photography of Monument Valley will remain the yard stick for which other films will be judged. The atmospheric music of Richard Hagerman adds another layer to the texture of this film.

John Wayne, an actor bigger than life, is at the center of the story. He embodies all that meant justice and fairness when things weren't so orderly in the country. Victor McLaglen makes an excellent appearance as Sgt. Quincannon. John Agar and Ben Johnson did good work as the two cavalry officers in love with the same woman. Mildred Natwick was good as Abby Alshard, a no nonsense woman who has seen a lot. Ultimately, Joanne Dru projects such a beautiful image as the young Olivia Dandridge, the woman who wore the yellow ribbon in her hair and conquered the hearts of the men around her.

This is a classic film that serves to remind us about those people that came before us, and, in the case of Nathan Brittles, Mr. Ford gives us a decent man who wanted peace above all with the Indians that the white man was displacing from their natural habitat.


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