She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) 1080p

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103 min
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7.4 / 10 
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Directors: John Ford [Director] ,

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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.


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"The army knows no seasons."

A few days before his retirement, Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne) leads his cavalry patrol as they escort the wife and niece of his commanding officer to safety. In addition to the dangers posed by Indians, there is the romantic drama stirred up by two young officers (John Agar, Harry Carey, Jr.) both vying for the attention of pretty Joanne Dru.

John Ford's second film in his classic cavalry trilogy is my favorite of the three. It's a beautiful-looking film with stunning technicolor. Just absolutely jaw-dropping. One of the best-looking westerns I've ever seen. Also one of John Wayne's finest performances. He really should have been nominated for the Oscar for this instead of Sands of Iwo Jima. He's backed up by an extraordinary cast. Ford regulars like Victor McLaglen, Arthur Shields, and Harry Carey, Jr. are all great. John Agar and Joanne Dru are both fun and likable in the obligatory romantic subplot. Ben Johnson has possibly his best role as Sgt. Tyree.

At times moving and eloquent but never slow or unexciting. It's an engrossing western made by a master director and a cast that never misses a beat. It is my second favorite Ford western, behind only his (and Wayne's) masterpiece The Searchers.

1.5 out of 5 action rating

Skip it – People associate the words "cavalry," "Indians," and "John Wayne" with the word "action movie." But where's the action in this one? This is a very disappointing western because it has only two small skirmishes in the entire movie. They are not even long enough to be called battles. Sure, John Wayne is great in his role as an aging cavalry officer mere days away from his retirement. But this is a cavalry "fort soap opera," and if you're not careful you'll find yourself nodding off to sleep. This is the second of the John Ford/John Wayne cavalry trilogy of 1948-1950. Wayne's character is different than the one he plays in "Fort Apache" and "Rio Grande." Yet this story has several characters from those other movies played by the same actors (ex. Ben Johnson as "Tyree" and Victor McLaglen as "Quincannon.") FYI, Even though the trilogy has overlapping characters, it is not meant to be watched in any particular sequence. 1.5 action rating

Value of life

*****Minor Spoiler***** I've seen this film many times over the years and only now did it really hit me how John Ford treasured the value of a single life. Other reviewers have already covered well John Wayne's acting and the awesome photography in Monument Valley. But think about the lives lost or wounded in the film. In the first action against the Indian warriors Capt. Brittles orders his men to "shoot high" warriors are killed or wounded. In later actions one trooper is wounded and much is made of his subsequent operation and good prognosis. One trooper (the ex-Confederate officer) does die from his wounds and again, this is not treated lightly, either by ex-Confederate or ex-Union.

Most films of this genre leave countless bodies all over the place. Not so this one and that's what I take away from the film. That Ford felt life was to be treasured, that it was rare and not to be wasted. Perhaps this comes from his wartime service? Even the stampeding of the Indian ponies results in no casualties..on either side. I think Ford wanted his audience to go away thinking there are better ways than war and the wasting of lives.
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