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Wagon Master (1950)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 22 April 1950 (USA)
Two young drifters guide a Mormon wagon train to the San Juan Valley and encounter cutthroats, Indians, geography, and moral challenges on the journey.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Travis Blue
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Denver
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Sandy
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Elder Wiggs
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Uncle Shiloh Clegg
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Dr. A. Locksley Hall
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Sister Ledyard
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Fleuretty Phyffe
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Adam Perkins
Kathleen O'Malley ...
Prudence Perkins
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Floyd Clegg
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Mr. Peachtree
Fred Libby ...
Reese Clegg
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Navajo Indian
Mickey Simpson ...
Jesse Clegg
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As Mormon settlers head to the promised land at the San Juan river in Utah, they hire horse traders Travis Blue and Sandy as wagon masters. They have to forge a trail across unknown territory and face many hardships along the way. They quickly come across some stranded travelers, a medicine show run by Dr. A. Locksley Hall which includes the attractive Denver. Along the way however, they are also joined by Shiloh Clegg and his murderous clan of robbers and thieves. An encounter with the Navajo leads to an invitation to their camp but after one of the Clegg boys gets a whipping for attacking one of the Navajo women, Uncle Shiloh plans his revenge. It's left to Sandy and Travis to protect the travelers and get them to their destination. Written by garykmcd

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John Ford's lusty successor to "Fort Apache" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"

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Adventure | Western

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22 April 1950 (USA)  »

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$999,370 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Harry Carey Jr., Joanne Dru's husband, John Ireland, stayed in town during the shooting and avoided the set, but did organize the company into a performance of "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" in the evening. See more »

Goofs

During the dance, when done going around in a circle, Travis has his hand on Denver's waist, in the next shot it is on her shoulder. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Travis BlueElder Wiggs: Wagons West!
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Connections

Featured in The American West of John Ford (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

WAGONS WEST
Words and Music by Stan Jones
Recorded by Sons of the Pioneers (as The Sons of the Pioneers)
Sung (behind credits) by the Sons of the Pioneers (uncredited)
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One of Ford's two favorite films.
4 May 1999 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

Together with the even more underrated , The Sun Shines Bright, Wagon Master was one of Ford's favorite films. It is a western of exceptional beauty and narrative purity, well acted by members of Ford's 'stock company', including Jane Darwell, Alan Mowbray, Ward Bond,and Harry Carey, Jr.Like almost all of Ford's films,it is a meditation on freedom and community. It is also noteworthy for a much more positive portrayal of Indians than in most of Ford's movies. Ford, for all his faults, remains the supreme poet of American Democracy.


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