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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 ... 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

Aspect Ratio:

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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Connections

Features Stagecoach (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

The Whifffenpoof Song
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Music by Guy H. Scull
Lyrics by Meade Minnigerode and George S. Pomeroy (first published 1909)
Sung by John Ford
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The Interviews Makes This a Must See
9 March 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The American West of John Ford (1971)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This documentary takes a look at the Westerns of John Ford and is hosted by John Wayne and features apperances by James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Andy Devine and Ford himself.

If you're a fan of director Ford then you'll certainly want to check this documentary out. Not only does it do a nice job at covering the various Westerns that he made throughout his career, the scenes with him re-uniting with his former stars was pure entertainment of the highest level.

Some of the best moments in the film happen when Ford's simply sitting around chatting with Fonda and Stewart. The there men just have a nice chat about their past films, exchange stories and memories of making the movies. Considering that all of these legends are now gone, getting to see them together and discussing the movies is just priceless.

Wayne gets a large portion of the running time and he does a very good job at talking about why Ford was so special as well as the special relationship that the two of them had. There are plenty of clips from the movies themselves but there's no question that it's the interviews that makes this so special.


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