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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 »
Genre:
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:
(37 articles)
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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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
When Sgt. Quincannon (Victor McLaglen) is addressing the troops and warning them to "watch them words," he asks who owns a dog that had wandered over and was watching the assembled soldiers. Not receiving an answer, he concludes, "Nice dog! Irish setter!" The scene was improvised on the spot by director John Ford. The dog was an unnamed Navajo pet that had fallen asleep during the setup. Multiple takes were required because McLaglen kept blowing the line, calling the dog a "cocker spaniel."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Captain Brittles marks off his final days of service on the calendar, crosses off the week, then tears the page off and throws it in the fire. When he does so, the next page is identical (31-day month, starting on Wednesday).See more »
Quotes:
Olivia Dandridge:I'm sorry I made such a fool of myself at the gate this morning.
Captain Nathan Brittles:You made a fool out of a couple of young lieutenants. That's never against Army regulations.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Classic, 1 November 2008
Author: tightspotkilo from Oregon, USA

It seems trite to say they don't make them like this anymore. But it's a fact. They don't make them like this anymore. And it seems likely we won't be seeing them making them like this ever again. This is John Ford at the height of his career, at his best, doing what he did best. On location in the Monument Valley, it is more than fair to say the scenery, the colors, even the weather, along with Ford's cinematography, particularly the patient framing of his shots and making full use of the setting and environment in which he filmed, are every bit as much stars of this film as are the featured human stars.

None of which is to say the human stars weren't good. John Wayne in the lead turned in a remarkable performance. Wayne was 42-years old when he made this, but he was playing a character much older than that, perhaps as much as 20 years older, and Wayne pulls it off. He looks and seems like a 60-year old man. He showed his acting chops here.

Ben Johnson had been around awhile at this point, mainly as a stuntman, but here he makes one of his first forays into real acting, and he does well, which no doubt boosted his career.

Perennial John Wayne sidekick Harry Carey, Jr. is here too, at the ripe young age of 28. It occurs to me as I write this in November 2008 that he seems to be the last surviving cast member of this movie.

Joanne Dru. What can be said? While this movie was made before I was born, Joanne Dru plays the fetching young woman wearing the yellow ribbon and stirring the male ashes deep inside as well as anybody ever could, and she was quite fetching indeed. Her performance still striking that chord precisely that way almost 60 years later.

Ostensibly this is a western, but this movie is actually much more a military movie than just a western. John Ford was a military man himself, who ultimately retired as a Navy Reserve Rear Admiral. He knew what the military was all about, he understood and enjoyed military life, military ways, military customs, and military culture, and he clearly relished making military depictions. So that's what we see here. All that military stuff. Oddly, though, it all seems out of time in a way. This movie was made in 1949, just a few years after WWII. While making a movie about the cavalry fighting the Indian wars in 1876, the military culture Ford depicted seems more apropos of the 1940s than of the 1870s. For instance, I'm just not sold on this version of history where US cavalry men were burdened with and hauled around family members in the wild wild west. Maybe they did, but I'm not so sure. It seems much more likely this was a device added to appeal to 1949 audiences. There are other examples of this. This is the only flaw in an otherwise very good movie. And who knows, maybe it isn't a flaw at all, true or not. It's a good movie. Ford made a movie in which he talked to all those recently mustered out veterans he knew were out there populating his audiences. On that level he succeeds.

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