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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (22-Oct-1949)

Director: John Ford

Writers: Frank Nugent; Laurence Stallings

From short stories by: James Warner Bellah

Musical Score: Richard Hageman

Keywords: Western

After Custer's loss at the Little Big Horn, the Cheyenne, in collusion with other tribes, plan a large scale war. Only six days from his mandatory retirement, John Wayne is ordered to accompany the wife of the commander of Fort Stark, and another lady, out of the likely war zone. The second of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy", and one of John Wayne's finest westerns. Winner of the Oscar for Best Cinematography.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Agar
31-Jan-1921 7-Apr-2002 Sands of Iwo Jima
Harry Carey, Jr.
16-May-1921 27-Dec-2012 The Whales of August
Joanne Dru
31-Jan-1922 10-Sep-1996 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Ben Johnson
13-Jun-1918 8-Apr-1996 The Last Picture Show
Victor McLaglen
11-Dec-1883 7-Nov-1959 The Informer
Mildred Natwick
19-Jun-1905 25-Oct-1994 Barefoot in the Park
George O'Brien
19-Apr-1899 4-Sep-1985 Sunrise
Tom Tyler
9-Aug-1903 3-May-1954 Adventures of Captain Marvel
John Wayne
26-May-1907 11-Jun-1979 The Duke


John Wayne   ...   Capt. Nathan Brittles
Joanne Dru   ...   Olivia
John Agar   ...   Lt. Flint Cohill
Ben Johnson   ...   Sgt. Tyree
Harry Carey, Jr.   ...   Lt. Pennell
Victor McLaglen   ...   Sgt. Quincannon
Mildred Natwick   ...   Mrs. Allshard
George O'Brien   ...   Maj. Allshard
Arthur Shields   ...   Dr. O'Laughlin
Michael Dugan   ...   Hochbauer
Chief John Big Tree   ...   Pony That Walks
Fred Graham   ...   Hench
Chief Sky Eagle   ...   Chief Sky Eagle
Tom Tyler   ...   Quayne
Noble Johnson   ...   Red Shirt


Review by James A. Thompson (posted on 18-Jul-2007)

Not the best movie that John Wayne ever starred in but better than a number of them. The role that Joanne Dru palyed seemed to be out of place when analyzing the issues that were surrounding the Army in dealing with the historical fights with the Indians.

Review by Gagootz (posted on 26-Mar-2008)

This is one of the best, most evocative films I've ever seen, and I am not alone among my NY City buddies to have this opinion. It combines history, great casting, pathos, comedy, and some great lines ("Never apologize. It's a sign of weakness"). John Wayne was more nuanced in it than in most, if not all, of the films in which he starred.

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