Two Rode Together (1961)

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    Plot Summary
    The US Army is under pressure from the desperate relatives of white prisoners
    of the Comanches to secure their rescue.
    A cynical and corrupt marshal, Guthrie McCabe, is persuaded by an army lieutenant
    to assist in the negotiations with the Comanches.
    However, just two captives are released; and their reintegration
    into white society proves highly problematic.
    Written by David Levene

    Full Cast
    James Stewart ... Marshal Guthrie McCabe
    Richard Widmark ... First Lt. Jim Gary
    Shirley Jones ... Marty Purcell
    Linda Cristal ... Elena de la Madriaga
    Andy Devine ... Sgt. Darius P. Posey
    John McIntire ... Maj. Frazer
    Paul Birch ... Judge Edward Purcell
    Willis Bouchey ... Mr. Harry J. Wringle
    Henry Brandon ... Chief Quanah Parker
    Harry Carey Jr. ... Ortho Clegg
    Olive Carey ... Mrs. Abby Frazer
    Ken Curtis ... Greeley Clegg
    Chet Douglas ... Deputy Ward Corby
    Annelle Hayes ... Belle Aragon
    David Kent ... Running Wolf (Steve Purcell)
    Anna Lee ... Mrs. Malaprop
    Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Mary McCandless
    John Qualen ... Ole Knudsen
    Ford Rainey ... Rev. Henry Clegg
    Woody Strode ... Stone Calf
    O.Z. Whitehead ... Lt. Chase
    Frank Baker ... Capt. Malaprop (uncredited)
    Danny Borzage ... Trooper (uncredited)
    Regina Carrol ... Wakanana (Freda Knudsen) (uncredited)
    Ruth Clifford ... Woman (uncredited)
    Eunice Grey ... Mother of Indian Stolen Child (uncredited)
    Big John Hamilton ... Settler (uncredited)
    Sam Harris ... Post Doctor (uncredited)
    Chuck Hayward ... Trooper (uncredited)
    William Henry ... Gambler (uncredited)
    Robert Kenneally ... Officer (uncredited)
    Ted Knight ... Lt. Upton (uncredited)
    Cliff Lyons ... William McCandless (uncredited)
    Ted Mapes ... Settler (uncredited)
    Mae Marsh ... Hanna Clegg (uncredited)
    Howard Morris ... (uncredited)
    Jack Pennick ... Sergeant (uncredited)
    Chuck Roberson ... Comanche (uncredited)
    Ed Sweeney ... Officer (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent)
    Will Cook (novel "Comanche Captives")

    John Ford .... producer
    Stanley Shpetner ....

    Charles Lawton Jr.

    This was the last film in which James Stewart wore his familiar cowboy hat. Up to this point, he had worn it in all his westerns since Winchester '73, except Broken Arrow. This was Stewart's first film with John Ford, and Ford didn't want him to wear it as he thought it was the worst looking cowboy hat he had ever seen. As Stewart said in the documentary, "A Wonderful Life", Ford relented, but got back at him in their next western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, when he didn't let Stewart wear a hat at all.

    Richard Widmark was initially reluctant to make the film, since he felt he was fifteen years too old for the young lieutenant he played.

    This film marked comedic actor Edward Brophy's last role as he died during the production on May 27, 1960 in Pacific Palisades, California.

    James Stewart later admitted he was disappointed that his character's dark side wasn't explored further in the movie.

    John Ford later admitted he had only made the film for the money, and felt it was "still crap" even after he had brought in his favorite script writer Frank Nugent to rewrite it.

    The movie's critical and commercial failure was largely blamed on the miscasting of the two leads, since James Stewart, at 52, and Richard Widmark, at 45, were both much older than their characters.

    Filmed in 1960, not released until 1961.

    The film was widely regarded as a generally light-hearted variation on an earlier John Ford western, The Searchers.

    Continuity: When Marty gets up from getting water at the creek, the knees of her trousers are wet. However, they are dry in the next shot as she and Jim are walking back to camp.

    Continuity: About 1:16 into the film, when the townspeople are discussing the fate of the boy rescued from the Commanches; Willis Bouchey, John Qualen and Paul Birch turn and walk out, passing Shirley Jones and those remaining in the room. Qualen and Richard Widmark then have a brief shot at the doorway and Qualen exits. The next shot shows the group, including Qualen, again walking past Jones and the others on their way to the door.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Alamo Village - Highway 674, Brackettville, Texas, USA
    Brackettville, Texas, USA
    Fort Clark, Brackettville, Texas, USA

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  • Two Rode Together directed by John Ford,
    and starred James Stewart, Richard Widmark,
    Shirley Jones, and Linda Cristal.
    It was based on the novel Comanche Captives by Will Cook.

    Calling this a classic is probably cheating a little,
    as it was probably no more than just a good film.
    It was a critical and commercial failure,
    apparently blamed on the two lead actors being too old for their parts!!

    However I have included it for these reasons:-
    It was one of few westerns without Duke,
    It was also cosidered a light hearted re-make of The Searchers,
    It was filmed at Alamo Village and included many
    of the John Ford Stock Company and lots of Duke's 'Pals'
    which as you can see, was most of the cast!

    I enjoyed the film mainly for the interest value!

    User Review

    Rather good John Ford Western
    4 February 2002 | by zetes (Saint Paul, MN)


    It's no classic, but it is quite a good film. Jimmy Stewart plays a gruff, old, drunken sheriff who can speak Comanche and Richard Widmark plays a cavalryman assigned to accompany him on a mission to buy white captives away from the Comanches. The first half of the film can be called Searchers-lite. They buy back two captives, a young white man stolen in his youth and a Mexican woman stolen five years earlier. Other non-Comanches they find are unsalvageable. Now, The Searchers ends ambiguously. We're not sure what is going to happen with Natalie Wood's character. Two Rode Together goes into that part of the story a bit more. Stewart falls in love with the Mexican girl, but she cannot take the way other white people treat her. The boy is so far gone that he is entirely violent to everyone around him. The second half of the film is actually quite great, and the film has an extremely powerful climax. Jimmy Stewart is beyond excellent in the film. Could you ever imagine a bad performance from this man? It's rare that he plays such a cheating b**tard, but he's no villain, either. The actress who plays the Mexican girl is very good, too. The rest of the cast is more than adequate. There's a funny scene where Ford regulars Andy Devine and Ken Curtis fight in a slapstick fashion. Ford's direction is rather flat. The story goes that he did this only as a favor, not by any real choice. Frank Nugent's script is quite good, especially in the second half. The score is excellent. The photography is weak, but good sets and costumes make the visual aspect of the film decent if not great. 8/10.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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