56 user 34 critic

Two Rode Together (1961)

Approved | | Western | 26 July 1961 (USA)
1:17 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

The US Army is under pressure from the desperate relatives of white prisoners of the Comanches to secure their rescue. A cynical and corrupt marshal, Guthrie McCabe, is persuaded by an army... See full summary »



(screenplay) (as Frank Nugent), (novel)
1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Cheyenne, tired of broken U.S. government promises, head for their ancestral lands but a sympathetic cavalry officer is tasked to bring them back to their reservation.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden
Western | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Constance Towers
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A stranger defies the local cattle baron and his sadistic son by working for one of his oldest rivals.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp
Certificate: Passed Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Arthur Kennedy
Shenandoah (1965)
Drama | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In Shenandoah, Virginia, widower farmer Charlie Anderson lives a peaceful life with his six sons - Jacob, James, Nathan, John, Henry and Boy, his daughter Jennie, and his daughter-in-law ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett
Night Passage (1957)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A fired railroad man is rehired and trusted to carry a 10,000 dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws.

Director: James Neilson
Stars: James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea
Broken Arrow (1950)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Tom Jeffords tries to make peace between settlers and Apaches.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget
Wagon Master (1950)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two young drifters guide a Mormon wagon train to the San Juan Valley and encounter cutthroats, Indians, geography, and moral challenges on the journey.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey Jr.
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An English woman and her daughter enlist the aid of a cowboy to try and get their hardy hornless bull to mate with the longhorns of Texas, but have to overcome both greedy criminals and the natural elements.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith
7 Women (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Legendary director John Ford's final film involving seven dedicated missionary women in China circa 1935 trying to protect themselves from the advances of a Mongolian barbaric warlord and his cut-throat gang of warriors.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Anne Bancroft, Sue Lyon, Margaret Leighton


Cast overview, first billed only:
First Lt. Jim Gary
Marty Purcell
Elena de la Madriaga
Sgt. Darius P. Posey
Maj. Frazer
Judge Edward Purcell
Mr. Harry J. Wringle
Chief Quanah Parker
Ortho Clegg
Olive Carey ...
Mrs. Abby Frazer
Greeley Clegg
Chet Douglas ...
Deputy Ward Corby
Belle Aragon
Running Wolf


The US Army is under pressure from the desperate relatives of white prisoners of the Comanches to secure their rescue. A cynical and corrupt marshal, Guthrie McCabe, is persuaded by an army lieutenant to assist in the negotiations with the Comanches; however, just two captives are released, and their reintegration into white society proves highly problematic. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The West's most violent story... The West's most valiant hour! See more »




Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

26 July 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Misión de dos valientes  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This was the last film in which James Stewart wore his familiar cowboy hat. Up to this point he had worn it in all his westerns since Winchester '73 (1950). This was Stewart's first film with John Ford and Ford didn't want him to wear it, as he thought it was the worst looking cowboy hat he had ever seen. Ford quipped, "Great, now I have actors with hat approval". As Stewart said in the documentary, A Wonderful Life (1989), Ford relented but got back at Stewart in their next western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), when he didn't let Stewart wear a hat at all. See more »


In the last two minutes of the film, Elena, inside the stagecoach, opens a suitcase with a mirror in it that shows Guthrie sitting atop of the stagecoach rather than her reflection. See more »


[first lines]
[Jesus gives Marshal Guthrie a beer]
Marshal Guthrie McCabe: Thank you, Jesus.
Jesus: Senor, the widow Gomez has delivered a son this morning - a boy.
Marshal Guthrie McCabe: Bully for the widow Gomez!
Jesus: But senor, it has been more than a year ago since Senor Antonio Gomez has been buried in the church house.
Marshal Guthrie McCabe: Well, there are some men you just can't trust to stay where you put 'em.
See more »


Referenced in Bad Education (2004) See more »


The Blue Danube
Written by Johann Strauss
Played at the officers' dance
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Just how much do you think human lives are worth, McCabe?
15 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Two Rode Together is directed by John Ford and adapted to screenplay by Frank Nugent from the novel Comanche Captives written by Will Cook. It stars James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal and Andy Devine. Music is scored by George Duning and Eastman Color cinematography is by Charles Lawton Junior.

The US Army is under pressure to negotiate the release of Comanche captives and send in a party to ransom for their release. Heading the party are cynical hard drinking Marshal Guthrie McCabe (Stewart) and his pal First Lt. Jim Gary (Widmark). The two men are at odds in how to go about dealing with the problem to hand, but bigger issues are just around the corner.....

The Searchers lite it is for sure, Two Rode Together is a mixed bag that hasn't been helped by the quotes attributed by its director. It's well documented that John Ford only did the film out of kindness and a love of money, the great man going on record to say he hated the film, the source and etc. The shoot was far from being a happy one, with the director pitching his two stars against each other whilst grumpily putting his film crew through the mangler. The end result shows the film to be psychitzophrenic in tone and structure, where airy comedy tries to sit alongside some serious themes and fails miserably. When the moral implications of the picture are to be born out, Ford, in his half-hearted approach to the production, comes off as being either clueless, sarcastically mean or going through the motions since he had already made this film as The Searchers. Well clueless is not something you can comfortably say in relation to this particular director....

However, film has strengths, not least with Stewart's over the top portrayal of McCabe. The actor is really giving it the full treatment, no doubt prompted by his director, this is a shallow man, motivated by ale and cash. This is non heroic stuff, he calls it as he sees it, he thinks nothing off telling the longing relatives of the missing that their loved ones are now alien to them. It's a clinical thread in the piece, deftly setting the film up for its telling last quarter as the moral questions are raised and the bitter irony leaves its sour taste. It's a mixed bag indeed, but hardly a disaster, though, and in spite of Ford's irreverence towards it, there's a worthy viewpoint in amongst all the causticism. It's just a shame that all the great individual aspects don't make a complete and rewarding whole, the blend of comedy and drama, this time, not making for a great John Ford picture. 6.5/10

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: