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The American West of John Ford (1971)

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.

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Denis Sanders

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David H. Vowell, Dan Ford (format) (as Daniel Sargent Ford)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Mickey Simpson ... acror 'My Darling Clementine'
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A sentimental look at the legendary iconic film director John Ford and some of his classic Westerns, nine of which were set in the breathtaking beauty of Monument Valley. Ford "directs" a short scene for the benefit of the documentarians which includes a horsefall by Ford's favorite star, John Wayne. Additional Ford stars Henry Fonda and James Stewart reminisce about the venerable director with clips from such Ford classics as "The Iron Horse," "Stagecoach," "My Darling Clementine," "Fort Apache," "She Wore a Yellow Ribbonn," "Rio Grande," "The Searchers," "THe Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," and "Cheyenne Autumn." Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great American West of John Ford See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

John Ford: When I pass on, I want to be remembered as John Ford, a man who made Westerns.
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Features Fort Apache (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

"You're in the army Now' (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Ole Olson and Tell Taylor (1917)
Instrumental version played undersome archive footage
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There are better retrospectives about John Ford, but this is still quite enjoyable...especially for his fans.
31 October 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

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 archive.org. 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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