She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (John Ford, 1949) John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Harry Carey Jnr, Ben Johnson, Victor McLaglen, Chief Pony That Walks

Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled.

Great entertainment! Great film! Possibly John Wayne's best in this genre. Born 1907, I suppose he's playing older than his age (42) as he retires in this story. Whatever; he acts well: his timing is brilliant. The sub-plot of the two younger men competing for the silly chick wearing the yellow ribbon is a bit tedious, like their acting. But it's well made up for by the gravitas of quiet giant Ben Johnson, and the theatrics of stalwart Victor McLaglen.

Garry Gillard | New: 5 July, 2019 | Now: 1 April, 2020