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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")
Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) ...
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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 »
User Reviews:
Never Apologize 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Capt Brittles asks the Post commander's wife if the dress she is wearing is made from Top Soldier Quincanon's britches, she agrees, but the skirt is a full ankle length riding skirt made from much more material than a pair of britches.See more »
Quotes:
[Quincannon is celebrating his upcoming retirement]
Sgt. Hochbauer:You're out of uniform, Quincannon.
Top Sergeant Quincannon:Oh, I am, am I? Well, I'm in the proper uniform... the uniform of a retired gentleman.
[enters the bar]
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54 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Never Apologize, 30 August 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

There is an ironic point about the production of SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON immediately after FORT APACHE. Most critics agree that Col. Owen Thursday, the martinet commander, is based on General George Armstrong Custer, and that the massacre of his command due to his own pig headedness is the battle of the Little Bighorn. But SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON begins with that moment in the summer of 1876 when the entire frontier was nervous after word came of the destruction of Custer forces. The historic continuity (which is amazingly consistent, despite minor anachronisms) is shown early when Captain Brittles, visiting his wife's grave, mentions to her the death of Captain Miles Keogh at the Little Bighorn. Historically this is correct. Keogh, a hero of the American Civil War, served with Custer's Seventh Cavalry and died with his commander and fellows. In fact, the only "survivor" of Custer's forces at that disaster was Keogh's horse, "Commanche".

Captain Brittles has served in the American cavalry for thirty years. He was one of those soldiers who held higher rank in the Civil War with a "Brevet", but in the cutbacks in the army following the war (Custer went from brevet major general to Lt. Col. in the regular army)Brittles had to be satisfied with the rank of Captain. His wife and children died (presumably of some epidemic illness at the post - they are buried nearby). His old orderly from the war, Quincannon (Victor McLaglen) is still serving him. But he is facing a crisis. His thirty years means retirement, unless the army decides to promote him to Colonel. Despite the debacle in Montana, it is not too likely that the politically unconnected Brittles will get the promotion his fine abilities deserve.

So we are watching an old soldier slowly fade away in this film. Brittles is aware he has days before he is to leave (unless a promotion turns up), and he has to try to keep the hot blooded Indian braves, impressed at what they just saw Crazy Horse and the Lakota forces accomplish, go on the warpath. He also has to keep his two most promising young officers (John Agar and Harry Carey Jr.) concentrating on their careers rather than fighting over Joanne Dru. He is worried too for Sgt. Quincannon, who is likewise going to be leaving the army a few days after Brittles. Will Quincannon's drunken, roistering ways ruin his chances to maintain his pension? And he has to keep an eye on the suspicious behavior of the local fort sutler (Paul Fix) is up to - can he be running guns? Whatever he faces, he faces unflinchingly, and his motto is never to apologize - it's a sign of weakness.

For all the anachronisms listed on this thread, such as the 48 star flag (in 1876?), Ford got the time and place perfect in what counts. Note the fascinating relationship of Brittles and Sgt. Tyree (Ben Johnson). 1876 was a crossroad year for the U.S. regarding the results of the Civil War. In the negative, a questionable Presidential election result was solidified when three southern states agreed to support the Republican (Rutherford Hayes) over the Democrat (Samuel Tilden) in return for the Federal troops being pulled out of the south and the official end of Reconstruction policies benefiting southern African-Americans. One can't deny that is still a stain in American history (despite Hayes excellent handling of the Presidency afterwords). But the former foes were finding less and less reason to dislike each other, and more and more to admire the grit both sides had shown. During the Civil War, Tyree was a Confederate Captain - he was Brittles' equal in rank. Once the war ended, after a few years, he joins the American Army and rises to the rank of Sergeant. Technically he is not as high a Sergeant as Quincannon, who is Brittles' aide. But Brittles constantly treats Tyree as a full equal, consulting him again and again on how to move next when going out of the fort to confront the Indian threat. The highpoint of this respect is when one of Tyree's "soldiers", "Trooper Smith" turns out to be a former Confederate cavalry leader named Rome Clay, and dies of wounds in an action against the Indians. Brittles and his men watch silently while Tyree and his fellow southern soldiers bury Clay properly with his flag, the Confederate one.

In terms of relations between the whites of the North and South, SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON is miles away from the confrontations of, say THE PRISONER OF SHARK ISLAND. There John Carridine's northern officer has nothing but fanatical contempt for Dr. Mudd, whom he considers evil for helping John Wilkes Booth. Until the end of that film, Carridine takes a sadistic interest in making Warner Baxter regret his every move. The events of THE PRISONER was from 1865 - 1869 (when Mudd finally returned to Maryland). This is seven years afterwords.

There are other little historical pointers. The rivalry of immigrant groups is shown when Quincannon is facing rival Sergeant Hochbauer, who openly dislikes the former as an overbearing Irishman (Hochbauer being a German). There is the civilian clothes that are meant for Brittles (complete with "Muller cut-down hat") that Quincannon ends sampling (which leads to his hysterically funny fight with Hochbauer and the other soldiers meant to take him to the guardhouse). Quincannon insists he is not out of uniform (technically he is) but is simply dressed as a retired gentleman should be. Yes, in 1876, that would be the dress of a retired gentleman.

I like this film. The characterizations of the all the actors are strong, and Ford had great set pieces in it. Perhaps not as great a film as THE SEARCHERS (which is more meaty and dark), but a top notch Western all the same.

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