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The Searchers ()


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An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.

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  • Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
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Ethan Edwards
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Martin Pawley
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Laurie Jorgensen
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Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton
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Debbie Edwards - Age 15
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Lars Jorgensen
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Mrs. Jorgensen
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Scar / Cicatriz
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Charlie McCorry
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Brad Jorgensen
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Emilio Gabriel Fernandez y Figueroa
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Mose Harper
Beulah Archuletta ...
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Aaron Edwards
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Martha Edwards
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Lucy Edwards
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Lt. Greenhill (as Pat Wayne)
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Younger Debbie Edwards
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Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Pipe Line Begishe ...
Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Exactly Sonnie Betsuie ...
Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ...
Accordionist at Funeral (uncredited)
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Deranged Woman at Fort (uncredited)
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Carmen (uncredited)
Tommy Doss ...
Wedding Musician (uncredited)
Pete Grey Eyes ...
Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Feather Hat Jr. ...
Comanche Indian (uncredited)
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Mexican Bartender (uncredited)
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Man at Wedding (uncredited)
Jack Tin Horn ...
Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Harry Black Horse ...
Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Away Luna ...
Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Robert Lyden ...
Ben Edwards (uncredited)
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Col. Greenhill (uncredited)
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Jerem Futterman (uncredited)
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Dark Cloaked Woman at Fort Guarding Deranged Woman (uncredited)
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Texas Ranger (uncredited)
Bob Many Mules ...
Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ...
Sergeant at Fort (uncredited)
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Wedding Musician (uncredited)
Prince ...
Dog (uncredited)
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Texas Ranger at Wedding (uncredited)
Smile White Sheep ...
Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Many Mules Son ...
Comanche Indian (uncredited)
Percy Shooting Star ...
Comanche Indian (uncredited)
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Nesby (uncredited)
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Comanche Chief (uncredited)
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Texas Ranger (uncredited)
Billy Yellow ...
Comanche Indian (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Ford

Written by

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Frank S. Nugent ... (screenplay)
 
Alan Le May ... (from the novel by) (as Alan LeMay)

Produced by

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Merian C. Cooper ... executive producer
Patrick Ford ... associate producer

Music by

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Max Steiner

Cinematography by

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Winton C. Hoch ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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Jack Murray ... film editor

Art Direction by

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James Basevi
Frank Hotaling

Set Decoration by

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Victor A. Gangelin ... (as Victor Gangelin)

Costume Design by

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Charles Arrico ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Web Overlander ... makeup
Fae M. Smith ... hair dresser (as Fae Smith)
Jack Obringer ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Vera Tomei ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Lowell J. Farrell ... production supervisor
R.L. Johnston ... assistant production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Wingate Smith ... assistant director
Gary Nelson ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Edward O'Fearna ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Dudley Holmes ... properties
Richard Brandow ... props (uncredited)
Art Cole ... assistant property master (uncredited)
William Crider ... greensman (uncredited)
William Frederickson ... swing gang (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Larry Hogan ... swing gang (uncredited)
Richard Huhn ... greensman (uncredited)
Don Hume ... drapery man (uncredited)
Jerry Hume ... drapery man (uncredited)
Frank M. Miller ... lead man (uncredited)
Grady Willard ... construction supervisor (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Hugh McDowell Jr. ... sound (as Hugh McDowell)
Howard Wilson ... sound
Danny Daniels ... boom operator (uncredited)
Bill Ford ... cable man (uncredited)
William Griffith ... radio man (uncredited)
Joseph Keener ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Willard W. Starr ... radio man (uncredited)
Roy Steele ... boom operator (uncredited)
William Stokes ... radio man (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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George Brown ... special effects
George F. Goss ... special effects (uncredited)
A. McLish ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bill Cartledge ... stunts (uncredited)
Philip Crawford ... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower ... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson ... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Yellow ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Alfred Gilks ... second unit photography
Alfred Baalas ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Vaughn Burns ... grip (uncredited)
Gilly Campbell ... grip (uncredited)
Joseph Edesa ... gaffer (uncredited)
Ted Fell ... camera mechanic (uncredited)
Travis Gage ... grip (uncredited)
Carl Gibson ... head grip (uncredited)
Al Green ... camera operator (uncredited)
Ralph Guthrie ... grip (uncredited)
John R. Hamilton ... special still photographer (uncredited)
James Hunter ... electrician (uncredited)
John E. Jacobson ... electrician (uncredited)
Bob Joannes ... camera operator (uncredited)
Alexander Kahle ... still photographer (uncredited)
Tom King ... grip (uncredited)
Bela Kovacs ... electrician (uncredited)
George Le Picard ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Norman Lindley ... electrician (uncredited)
Neil MacDonald ... best boy (uncredited)
Del L. Mort ... grip (uncredited)
Gene Polito ... technician (uncredited)
Robert Rhea ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Galin Schultz ... grip (uncredited)
Ray Sealock ... generator man (uncredited)
Eugene Testera ... electrician (uncredited)
John Vusich ... grip (uncredited)
Paul Whitcomb ... assistant grip (uncredited)
Bob Wycoff ... technician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Frank Beetson Jr. ... wardrobe: men (as Frank Beetson)
Ann Peck ... wardrobe: women
Charles Arrico ... assistant wardrobe (uncredited)
Frank Cardinale ... assistant wardrobe (uncredited)
James Kelly ... tailor (uncredited)
Rose Viebeck ... wardrobe: females (uncredited)

Location Management

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C.M. Florance ... location auditor (uncredited)
R.L. Hough ... location manager (uncredited)
John J. Sewell ... location auditor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Murray Cutter ... orchestrator

Transportation Department

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Ike Danning ... driver captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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Robert Gary ... script supervisor
James Gooch ... technicolor color consultant
Ben B. Henry ... first aid (uncredited)
W.F. House ... doctor (uncredited)
Albert Kraus ... timekeeper (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... technical man (uncredited)
Dr. Moresca ... doctor (uncredited)
Dr. Smilkstein ... doctor (uncredited)
Meta Stern ... dialogue supervisor (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Ethan Edwards, returned from the Civil War to the Texas ranch of his brother, hopes to find a home with his family and to be near the woman he obviously but secretly loves. But a Comanche raid destroys these plans, and Ethan sets out, along with his 1/8 Indian nephew Martin, on a years-long journey to find the niece kidnapped by the Indians under Chief Scar. But as the quest goes on, Martin begins to realize that his uncle's hatred for the Indians is beginning to spill over onto his now-assimilated niece. Martin becomes uncertain whether Ethan plans to rescue Debbie...or kill her. Written by Jim Beaver

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Taglines The story that sweeps from the great Southwest to the Canadian border in VistaVision. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La prisonnière du désert (France)
  • Der schwarze Falke (Germany)
  • Centauros del desierto (Spain)
  • Centaures del desert (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Jostojugaran (Iran, Persian title)
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Runtime
  • 119 min
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Budget $3,750,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Considering the part of Ethan Edwards to be the best character that he ever portrayed on-screen and The Searchers (1956) to be his favorite film role, John Wayne named his youngest son Ethan Wayne in homage. See more »
Goofs The "dead" Indian under the rock, when the rock is removed, is clearly breathing. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Fatale beauté (1994). See more »
Soundtracks The Searchers See more »
Crazy Credits This Warner Brothers film was said to be in VistaVision, according to the credits - this may be the only Warner film in VistaVision. See more »
Quotes Martin: I hope you die!
Ethan: That'll be the day.
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