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The American West of John Ford -- Documentary on the career of John Ford and in particular the westerns that are his legacy, including clips and interviews with collegues many of which acted in his movies. Features appearances by John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart.


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5 December 1971 (USA) See more »
The Western films of iconic director John Ford are fondly remembered by stars James Stewart, Henry Fonda, and John Wayne, with whom he shoots a scene in Monument Valley. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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There are better retrospectives about John Ford, but this is still quite enjoyable...especially for his fans. See more (3 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Himself - Narrator

James Stewart ... Himself - Narrator

Henry Fonda ... Himself - Narrator

John Ford ... Himself

Andy Devine ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olive Carey ... actress 'The Searchers'

Jeffrey Hunter ... actor 'The Searchers'

John Qualen ... actor 'The Searchers'
Mickey Simpson ... acror 'My Darling Clementine'

Pedro Armendáriz ... actor 'Fort Apache' (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Bancroft ... Marshal Curley Wilcox (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paul Birch ... actor 'Fort Apache' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... actor 'Fort Apache' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Henry Brandon ... actor 'The Sarchers' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Walter Brennan ... actor 'My Darling Clementine' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Yakima Canutt ... actor 'Stagecoach' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Harry Carey Jr. ... Sandy (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Carradine ... Actor 'Stagecoach' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ken Curtis ... actor 'Rio Grande' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Linda Darnell ... actress 'My Darling Clementine' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jane Darwell ... Actress 'Wagon Master' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dolores del Rio ... actress 'Cheyenne Autumn (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cathy Downes ... actress 'My Darling Clementine' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Frank Ferguson ... actor 'Fort Apache' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Frances Ford ... actor 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Himself (uncredited)

Ben Johnson ... Trooper Travis Tyree (archive footage) (uncredited)

Arthur Kennedy ... actor 'Cheyenne Autumn' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Fred Libby ... actor 'My Darling Clementine' (archive footage) (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... actor 'The Iron Horse' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lee Marvin ... actor 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Victor Mature ... actor 'My Darling Clementine (archive footage) (uncredited)

Victor McLaglen ... actor 'Rio Grande' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Vera Miles ... actress 'The Searchers' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Thomas Mitchell ... Actor 'Stagecoach' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Antonio Moreno ... actor 'The Searchers' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Alan Mowbray ... Actor 'Wagon Master' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ken Murray ... actor 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mildred Natwick ... Abby Allshard (archive footage) (uncredited)

George O'Brien ... actor 'Fort Apache' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Maureen O'Hara ... Mrs. Kathleen Yorke (archive footage) (uncredited)
Judson Pratt ... actor 'Cheyenne Autumn' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Arthur Shields ... actor 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Woody Strode ... actor 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Claire Trevor ... Actress 'Stagecoach' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Chill Wills ... actor 'Rio Grande' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Grant Withers ... actor 'My Darling Clementine' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Natalie Wood ... Actress 'The Searchers' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Carleton Young ... actor 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Denis Sanders 
Writing credits
David H. Vowell (written by)

Dan Ford (format) (as Daniel Sargent Ford)

Produced by
Bob Banner .... executive producer
Tom Egan .... producer
Dan Ford .... producer (as Daniel Sargent Ford)
Britt Lomond .... producer
Suzy O'Connell .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Robert E. Collins (director of photography) (as Bob Collins)
Film Editing by
Keith Olson  (as Keith M. Olson)
Sound Department
Bruce Bisenz .... audio
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Olson .... cameraman (as Keith M. Olson)
Glenn Roland .... cameraman (as Rusty Roland)
Music Department
Jack Marshall .... musical director
Other crew
David Gorton .... production associate
Crew believed to be complete

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52 min
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John Ford:When I pass on, I want to be remembered as John Ford, a man who made Westerns.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
There are better retrospectives about John Ford, but this is still quite enjoyable...especially for his fans., 31 October 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I have seen better films about the career of director John Ford. They were longer, more detailed and a bit less fawning in their admiration for the man and his work. However, this one is still pretty good and has a couple things going for it--it features some great actors talking about the man and with the man (John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart) and it's free to watch or download from And, it certainly is worth your time.

This TV special from the early 1970s is introduced by John Wayne and this makes a lot of sense considering the number of great films the men made together. Then, through the course of the show, Fonda and Stewart also discuss the man and his films. Oddly, Andy Divine does a FAST walk-on--and never really says anything! It's nice to see the film clips as well as interviews with the grouchy John Ford. It's also interesting that the show is NOT about the real American West--just Ford's vision of what it SHOULD have been in this very sentimental program.

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