TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Legends - John Ford (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon / Three Godfathers / Cheyenne Autumn / Wagon Master)
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SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949) - Academy Award* Winner - A masterpiece of mood and heroics directed by John Ford. An aging cavalry officer (John Wayne) who knows the agony of war on the desert frontier seeks to make his last mission one of peace. THREE GODFATHERS (1948) The tale of the Magi – Western style. Fugitive bank robbers John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz and Harry Carey Jr. won’t abandon the infant entrusted to them, even though caring for him dims their chances of escape. CHEYENNE AUTUMN (1964) A proud people abandon resettlement and head for their Yellowstone homeland in Ford’s moving, epic last Western. Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden and James Stewart head an all-star cast. WAGON MASTER (1950) A chronicle of a Mormon wagon train’s journey and one of Ford’s personal favorites among his works. Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond and other familiar Ford faces take the reins in this glorious paean to the pioneer spirit. “Wagons west!”
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"She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" is a western standard, notable for John Wayne, Ben Johnson, and others 'doing their thing' and for the near-peaceful resolution of the immediate conflict. The location work is beyond compare, with the thunderstorm on the desert a highlight.
"Wagon Master" with Ben Johnson and Ward Bond is a particular gem -- another of those Ford pieces that extolls tolerance and universal values through a cowboy morality play. The pace is a bit laid-back, giving the piece a gentleness that is harshly interrupted by the violent intrusion of a band of murderous thieves. Johnson as the well-intentioned horse trader who serves as Wagon Master and Bond as the pragmatic, sensible leader of the colonists give the movie a great moral sense.
The fourth movie, "Three Godfathers," I fear has never really roused my interest, so I won't write on it.
I will declare this collection a particularly 'good deal,' as all four films reflect Ford's great use of the western scene. One is a particularly strong movie; two others are ideal to casually watch and re-watch; I've nothing nasty to say about the fourth.
Cheyenne Autumn was another new one to me, and a very good film. The story is based on a true event, though hollywood-ized, of course. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is another great John Wayne/John Ford calvary film, which I had already seen. It won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in 1950, and was nominated as 1950's Best Written American Western.
All four are good movies, and I am very happy with my purchase. On the technical side ... the sound is good, and the image was clean and clear. I don't get more technical than that.