IMDb > She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 40 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
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


User Rating:
7.4/10   10,150 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 23% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
James Warner Bellah (short stories: "The Big Hunt" and "War Party")
Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) ...
View company contact information for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
22 October 1949 (USA) See more »
Wayne's greatest role as an Indian fighting Captain ! See more »
After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
(34 articles)
Amazon Deal Of The Week: "John Wayne: The Epic Collection"- Save 54%
 (From CinemaRetro. 22 September 2014, 9:06 AM, PDT)

Viennale 2014. Lineup
 (From MUBI. 22 August 2014, 4:44 PM, PDT)

Viennale unveils 2014 highlights
 (From ScreenDaily. 22 August 2014, 11:57 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Looks great and plays well but I didn't find it as good as I've come to expect from this stable (sorry!) See more (87 total) »


  (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)
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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
103 min | West Germany:90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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?

John Ford decided to cast John Wayne as Captain Nathan Brittles after seeing his performance as Thomas Dunson in Red River (1948).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After Capt Brittles says goodbye to the troops and rides back to his quarters, he makes a very showy gesture of tying up his horse's reigns to the hitching post which the horse undoes a moment later with a shake of his head. And, though seeing it, Capt Brittles makes no attempt to re-tie up the reigns.See more »
Lt. Flint Cohill:Where do you plan on having your picnic, Ross?
2nd Lt. Ross Penell:Three months from now at Delmonico's in New York with Olivia on my arm arm, and I won't be wearning a blue suit either, bub.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) (V)See more »
She Wore A Yellow RibbonSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
17 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Looks great and plays well but I didn't find it as good as I've come to expect from this stable (sorry!), 25 December 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

A week or so before his retirement, Captain Nathan Brittles is in charge of a fort when it is clear that the Indian tribes are joining to fight their common foe of the cavalry. Brittles leads his men out to try and stop the impending attack but finds himself hampered by having to also escort the two women who were staying at the fort at the time.

I am a fan of Ford/Wayne westerns and will often enjoy them with ease. However I struggled to really get into this one and it did really feel a little light and unstructured. The overall plot was good but I didn't get any sense of detail or character other than broader brushstrokes. The action is good and the dialogue is witty and interesting but the film was a bit too light and impersonal to be able to take that broad sweep of history and apply it to this small group.

Wayne plays a man 20 years his senior but does it well. He has his usual tough charm and has some great dialogue to go along with it. He is given great support by the rest of the cast, some of whom stand out more than others. The best support he has also risks upstaging him - that of the scenery and the Oscar winning cinematography. The wide-open spaces feel wonderful and the colours are very generous.

Overall I did quite enjoy the film but I didn't really get into the plot. It seemed a little too big to be able to make the smaller things work. For example I didn't really get much from the idea of Brittles retiring where I think I was meant to read it as the changing of the type of men America needed from this period on, a salute to the men of the old west if you will. However this got lost in the battles and Indian wars. Still worth seeing but by Ford and Wayne standards this could be considered not much above par.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (87 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Historical Screw Up lexnlido2
Ben Johnson paulmoran99
Dogs andyross1000
Monument Valley: Utah or Arizona? dannieboy20906
Fight Scene w/ McLaughlin in Civvies giverny98
'Captain' Tyree mike-osullivan3
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Custer's Last Stand Major Dundee The Searchers Soldier Blue Son of the Morning Star
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.