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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon -- The stunning 2nd chapter of John Ford's cavalry trilogy stars John Wayne as a captain who turns down retirement to help his outnumbered men defend their outpost against marauding Indians.
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.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon -- Open-ended Trailer from RKO


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Release Date:
22 October 1949 (USA) See more »
Wayne's greatest role as an Indian fighting Captain ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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. ... Second Lt. Ross Pennell

Victor McLaglen ... Top Sgt. Quincannon

Mildred Natwick ... Abby Allshard

George O'Brien ... Major Mac Allshard
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 aka 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 ... Karl Rynders (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
Writing credits
James Warner Bellah (story)

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

James Warner Bellah  short stories: "The Big Hunt" and "War Party" (uncredited)

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)
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 .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
D.R.O. Hatswell .... costume research (as D. R. O. Hatswell)
Michael Meyers .... wardrobe: men's
Ann Peck .... wardrobe: women's
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)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cavalry 2: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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103 min | West Germany:90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | 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 (tv rating) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (1997) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #13509) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

John Ford decided to cast John Wayne as Capt. Nathan Brittles after seeing his performance as Thomas Dunson in Red River (1948).See more »
Anachronisms: The cavalrymen in 1876 wear greatcoats with a yellow lining, a pattern that was not introduced until 1883.See more »
[Repeated line]
Sgt. Tyree:That ain't my department, sir.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Little Miss Sunshine (2006)See more »
The Girl I Left Behind MeSee more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Wayne matures as the theme befits the role., 4 March 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

The second instalment of the acclaimed John Ford cavalry trilogy had a lot to live up to after Fort Apache. So it may not be too controversial to state that "Yellow Ribbon" doesn't quite achieve the potential promise that Fort Apache's foundation building provided. However, here is still a mighty western of many joys.

The lead theme here is the passing of time, of time and love lost, lest we forget indeed. These themes give the film a strong emotional heartbeat to work from, even if there is not much in the way of adrenalin pumping. Accepting it as an affecting character piece is something of a requisite if you want to get the most out of it, and of course the gifted art of film making is very much on the film's side here as well.

John Wayne gives a top notch performance in what is obviously one of the first out and out serious roles that Ford gave him. His ageing Captain Nathan Brittles requires him to put in a very fallible human type performance, something that he achieves in spades. He's a believable leader who is ruing the calling of time on his career in the service. Yet even Wayne's affecting turn is trumped by some of the the most gorgeous cinematography you could wish to see from the 1940s.

Winton Hoch clashed with Ford on the shoot about various perfections (both parties equally to blame of course), but the final result is incredible. Witness a scene as Brittles visits his dead wife's grave, the backdrop is all purple and red, a storm is imminent, metaphorically and in reality. Has shooting in the desert ever been so colourfully lush?

The film leaves an indelible mark on the conscious for its art and performances (Joanne Dru, Ben Johnson, Victor McLaglen & Harry Carey Jr bring their "A" Game), but as a story it just about gets by because John Ford knows his onions and structures it with precision and a genuine love of the genre and material to hand. 8/10

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