The Essential John Ford: Ford At Fox Collection (Frontier Marshal / My Darling Clementine / Drums Along the Mohawk / How Green Was My Valley / The Grapes of Wrath / Becoming John Ford)
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All these films represent "must have" classics for your collection. The packaging is compact and colorful.
Drums Along The Mohawk (1939) (already on DVD) - stars Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert as Gilbert and Lana Martin, newlyweds trying to make a go of a homestead in upstate New York during the American revolution. They battle the elements as well as the Indians in their attempt to build a life together.
Feature film with English Stereo or English Mono, Spanish/French Mono and Spanish/French subtitles
Commentary by Film Historians Julie Kirgo & Nick Redman
Behind the scenes
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) (on DVD under the Studio Classics series). The story of the Joads as they suffer mistreatment when they move from their repossessed Dust Bowl farm to California. The first of only two Best Actor nominations for Henry Fonda.
Feature film with English Stereo or English Mono, Spanish Mono and Spanish subtitles
Commentary by Biographer & Film Historian Joseph McBride
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- "Frontier Marshall", a B grade western directed by Alan Dwan, is a precursor to "My Darling Clementine". It demonstrates the difference between an assembly line western with a tight budget and the achievements of Ford with a much bigger budget and a much better cast for the lyrical "My Darling Clementine". Everything about the latter is superior, possible with the exception of an amusing Binnie Barnes in the part modified for Linda Darnell which Darnell played so artificially.
- Ford preferred not to work with conventional stars and Claudette Colbert undermines "Drums along the Mohawk". While she acts the part, she never looks the part. With her reputation for vanity, the false eyelashes etc are absurd.
- "How Green was My Valley" contains a really good commentary with geriatric Anna Lee, one of the stars of the film, adding her comments.
All of the prints are in great condition and the documentaries provide invaluable information about the films, the studio and Zanuck.Read more ›
However, this box also contains Ford's hard-to-find award-winning documentaries, December 7th, Battle of Midway and others. That's what caught my eye, here. Evidentally, the movie master was never happier when he was on-the-scene, holding the camera to his eye (and, at one point, taking shrapnel for his troubles!)
This stuff was enough to tip the scales.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Better than when they first came out Thanks for the great updatesPublished 4 days ago by Cheryl Emmons
This is a good collection. I bought it to add to my Best Picture collection.Published 7 months ago by M. W. Long
'How Green was My Valley' and 'The Grapes of Wrath' save this whole collection. For the other three, you would have to be a 'Big' Henry Fonda fan.Published 11 months ago by Peggy
To own/view just one of the movies in this collection makes it worth adding to your own DVD library. But to have a bunch of John Ford films is a treasure trove!Published 13 months ago by Robert e. Lee jr.
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