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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

Not Rated | | Western | 22 October 1949 (USA)
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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Capt. Nathan Cutting Brittles
... Olivia Dandridge
... Lt. Flint Cohill
... Sgt. Tyree
... Second Lt. Ross Pennell
... Top Sgt. Quincannon
... Abby Allshard
... Maj. Mac Allshard
... Dr. O'Laughlin
Michael Dugan ... Sgt. Hochbauer
... Chief Pony That Walks
... Sgt. Hench
George Sky Eagle ... Chief Sky Eagle
... Cpl. Mike Quayne
... Chief Red Shirt
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Storyline

After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he's also required to take along Abby Allshard, wife of the Fort's commanding officer, and her niece, the pretty Olivia Dandridge, who are being evacuated for their own safety. Brittles is only a few days away from retirement and Olivia has caught the eye of two of the young officers in the Company, Lt. Flint Cohill and 2nd Lt. Ross Pennell. She's taken to wearing a yellow ribbon in her hair, a sign that she has a beau in the Cavalry, but refuses to say for whom she is wearing it. Written by garykmcd

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22 October 1949 (USA)  »

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Der Teufelshauptmann  »

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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Capt. Brittles marks each day off an 1876 calendar with no month, on which the first day is a Wednesday. That would make the month of his "retirement" as March of 1876. However, it cannot be March as Custer was killed in June 1876. See more »

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When the bugler plays 'Taps' over a burial, his lip-pursing and blowing are out of sync with the sound of the bugle. See more »

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Narrator: So Nathan Brittles, ex-captain of cavalry U.S.A., started westward for the new settlements in California: westward toward the setting sun, which is the end of the trail for all old men. But the army hadn't finished with Nathan Brittles and it sent a galloper after him. THAT was Sgt. Tyree's department.
Sgt. Tyree: Yo-oh! Capt. Brittles!
[catches up to him]
Sgt. Tyree: Captain, sir.
Captain Nathan Brittles: Huh?
Sgt. Tyree: For you, sir. From the Yankee War Department.
[hands him the dispatch]
Captain Nathan Brittles: I knew it. Dad blast it... I knew it!
[reading the dispatch]
Captain Nathan Brittles: What...
[...]
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O Bury Me Not On the Lone Prairie
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You got a breath on you like a hot mince pie.
17 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

One of the best written westerns and an Oscar winner for cinematography, this John Ford western, some 10 years after Stagecoach, shows a different side of Wayne.

It is the middle film in John Ford's (and actor John Wayne's) U.S. Cavalry trilogy, which includes Fort Apache (1948) & Rio Grande (1950. It is the best of the three as we see Wayne, just short of retirement, trying to mature a couple of Lieutenant's to take his place.

Comic relief is provided by Victor McLaglen, as Top Sergeant Quincannon, especially where he single-handedly whips eight men between drinks. His presence can certainly light up a movie.


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