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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon -- Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled.
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Director:
Writers:
James Warner Bellah (short stories: "The Big Hunt" and "War Party")
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Release Date:
22 October 1949 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Wayne's greatest role as an Indian fighting Captain ! See more »
Plot:
After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
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Colorful Centerpiece of Cavalry Trilogy... See more (88 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Capt. Nathan Cutting Brittles

Joanne Dru ... Olivia Dandridge

John Agar ... Lt. Flint Cohill

Ben Johnson ... Sgt. Tyree

Harry Carey Jr. ... 2nd Lt. Ross Pennell

Victor McLaglen ... Top Sgt. Quincannon

Mildred Natwick ... Abby 'Old Iron Pants' Allshard

George O'Brien ... Major Mac Allshard, Commanding Officer Fort Starke
Arthur Shields ... Dr. O'Laughlin
Michael Dugan ... Sgt. Hochbauer

Chief John Big Tree ... Chief Pony That Walks
Fred Graham ... Sgt. Hench
Chief Sky Eagle ... Chief Sky Eagle
Tom Tyler ... Cpl. Mike Quayne
Noble Johnson ... Chief Red Shirt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudy Bowman ... Pvt. John Smith / Rome Clay (uncredited)
Lee Bradley ... Interpreter (uncredited)

Paul Fix ... Gunrunner (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... Connelly, Fort Stark Suttlers Barman (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ... Trooper McCarthy (uncredited)
Billy Jones ... Courier (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy ... Badger (uncredited)
Fred Libby ... Cpl. Krumrein (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Trooper Cliff (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... Bugler / Indian (uncredited)
Peter Ortiz ... Gunrunner (uncredited)
Post Park ... Officer (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Sergeant Major (uncredited)

Irving Pichel ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Cpl. Wagner (uncredited)
William Steele ... Officer (uncredited)
Don Summers ... Jenkins (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Officer (uncredited)

Dan White ... Trooper (uncredited)
Harry Woods ... Licensed Suttler Karl Rynders (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Ford 
 
Writing credits
James Warner Bellah (short stories: "The Big Hunt" and "War Party")

Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent) and
Laurence Stallings (screenplay)

Produced by
Lowell J. Farrell .... associate producer (as Lowell Farrell)
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer (uncredited)
John Ford .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Richard Hageman (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch (director of photography) (as Winton Hoch)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Murray 
 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish  (as Joe Kish)
 
Makeup Department
Don L. Cash .... makeup artist (as Don Cash)
Anna Malin .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Lowell J. Farrell .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward O'Fearna .... assistant director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jack Colconda .... properties (as Jack Golconda)
 
Sound Department
Patrick Kelley .... sound effects
Clem Portman .... sound
Frank Webster .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Jack Caffee .... special effects
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael Dugan .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Don Nagel .... stunts (uncredited)
Post Park .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Norm Taylor .... stunt double: Indian (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles P. Boyle .... second unit photography (as Charles Boyle)
Harvey Gould .... camera operator
Robert Campbell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Tom Clement .... grip (uncredited)
Alexander Kahle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Archie Stout .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Archie Stout .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
D.R.O. Hatswell .... costume researcher
Michael Meyers .... wardrobe: men
Ann Peck .... wardrobe: women
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Bearman .... colorist (uncredited)
Barbara Ford .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical conductor
Lucien Cailliet .... musical arrangements
Lucien Cailliet .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jester Hairston .... choral director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Merian C. Cooper .... presenter
John Ford .... presenter
Natalie Kalmus .... Technicolor color director
Philip Kieffer .... technical advisor (as Major Philip Kieffer U.S.A. Retd.)
Cliff Lyons .... technical advisor
Morgan Padelford .... associate Technicolor color director
Sid Davis .... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
Elise Girard .... (press attache: France ) (re-release 2007) (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson .... gun wrangler (uncredited)
Meta Stern .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
103 min | West Germany:90 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-3 (2001) | Finland:K-12 (1950) | France:U | Germany:12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1950) | Norway:A | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (1997) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (certificate #13509) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Sergeant Tyree's horse is named "Laddie".See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the bugler plays 'Taps' over a burial, his lip-pursing and blowing are out of sync with the sound of the bugle.See more »
Quotes:
Abby Allshard:[Capt. Brittles is retiring after tonight] Where will you go, Nathan?
Captain Nathan Brittles:Oh, West, I guess, Abby... California... new settlements.
Captain Nathan Brittles:[to Olivia] "Old soldiers...", Miss Dandridge... hah! Someday you'll learn how they hate to give up. Captain of the troop one day: every man's face turned towards you; lieutenants jump when I growl! Now, tomorrow, I'll be glad if a blacksmith asks me to shoe a horse.
[he leaves]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
St. Patrick's DaySee more »

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76 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
Colorful Centerpiece of Cavalry Trilogy..., 24 September 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON is, arguably, the most enduring and appealing of John Ford's 'Cavalry' trilogy. While lacking the dramatic core of a fatally flawed central character (FORT APACHE), or an estranged couple reunited by a headstrong son (RIO GRANDE), the film offers a richly sentimental tale of a crusty yet endearing career soldier (John Wayne) facing retirement, in a romanticized West where the cavalry stands as the only defense against the combined might of the Indian nations. The combination of Wayne and the cavalry in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON is simply unbeatable!

Wayne, at 42, portrays the sixty-ish Capt. Nathan Brittles, and under Ford's sure hand, is magnificent in the role. Whether chastising young lieutenants ("Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness"), complimenting an enlisted man ("Keep it up, and you'll make a fine corporal, in three or four years"), or kneeling at the grave of his long-dead wife, to share the news of the day, Wayne's performance shows a subtlety and sensitivity that his critics often claimed he lacked. When his commander, Major Allshard (George O'Brien) refuses his request to rescue Lt. Cohill (John Agar) and two squads who had performed rear guard duty, the anguish Wayne shows is heartbreaking. This is an Oscar-caliber performance, from a vastly underrated actor.

The rest of the cast measures up equally well. Victor McLaglen, as irascible as ever, plays Irish Top Sergeant Quincannon, full of blarney and (a bit of) whiskey. His morning scenes with Wayne, denying he'd been drinking, are comic gems. As the young suitors of Joanne Dru (who plays a more traditional role than in Howard Hawks' RED RIVER), Agar and Harry Carey Jr. are also quite good.

The real 'find' of the film, however, is Ben Johnson, in only his second major role. As Sgt. Tyree, ex-Confederate captain, and Brittles' best scout, Johnson shows an easy-going charm, a (feigned) lack of respect (when asked his opinion, he'd always begin with "That's not my department..." then make a dead-on assessment), and astonishing riding skills (not surprising, as Johnson had been a champion rodeo rider). A future Oscar winner, he displays a charisma on-camera that would quickly earn him a place in the 'Ford Family' of actors.

The visuals of SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON have been frequently compared to Fredric Remington's classic paintings of cavalrymen and Indians, and the comparison is justified; the film would win an Oscar for it's rich Technicolor photography, and images of 'dirty blue' riders on horseback against the stark blue sky and golden hues of Monument Valley are very reminiscent of the artist's work.

SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON is the kind of film you can watch again and again, and still find rewarding. It is on my 'short list' of favorite westerns, and if you haven't seen it yet, you're in for a treat!

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