SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON
DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD
PRODUCED BY JOHN FORD/ MERIAN C. COOPER/ LOWELL J. FARRELL
MUSIC BY RICHARD HAGEMAN
ARGOSY/RKO RADIO PICTURES
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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.
Summary written by Jim Beaver
John Wayne .... Capt. Nathan Cutting Brittles
Joanne Dru .... Olivia Dandridge
John Agar .... Lt. Flint Cohill
Ben Johnson .... Sgt. Tyree
Harry Carey Jr. .... 2nd Lt. Ross Penell
Victor McLaglen .... Top Sgt. Quincannon
Mildred Natwick .... Abby Allshard aka Old Iron Pants
George O'Brien .... Major Mac Allshard, Commanding Officer Fort Starke
Arthur Shields .... Dr. O'Laughlin
Michael Dugan .... Sgt. Hochbauer
Chief John Big Tree .... Chief Pony That Walks
Fred Graham .... Sgt. Hench
Chief Sky Eagle .... Chief Sky Eagle
Tom Tyler .... Cpl. Mike Quayne, Leader of Paradise River Patrol
Noble Johnson .... Chief Red Shirt
Rudy Bowman .... Pvt. John Smith aka Rome Clay (uncredited)
Lee Bradley .... Interpreter (uncredited)
Paul Fix .... Gun-runner (uncredited)
Francis Ford .... Connelly, Fort Stark Suttlers Barman (uncredited)
Ray Hyke .... Trooper McCarthy (uncredited)
Billy Jones .... Courier (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy .... Badger (uncredited)
Fred Libby .... Cpl. Krumrein (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... Trooper Cliff (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... Bugler/Indian (uncredited)
Post Park .... Officer (uncredited)
Jack Pennick .... Sergeant Major (uncredited)
Irving Pichel .... Narrator (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson .... Cpl. Wagner (blacksmith) (uncredited)
William Steele .... Officer (uncredited)
Don Summers .... Jenkins (uncredited)
Dan White .... Trooper (uncredited)
Harry Woods .... Licensed Suttler Karl Rynders (uncredited)
James Warner Bellah stories War Party and The Big Hunt
Frank S. Nugent screenplay (as Frank Nugent)
Laurence Stallings screenplay
Richard Hageman (musical score)
Winton C. Hoch (as Winton Hoch)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward O'Fearna .... assistant director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Bryan 'Slim' Hightower .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Don Nagel .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Norm Taylor .... stunt double: Indian (uncredited)
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Charles P. Boyle .... photographer: second unit (as Charles Boyle)
Lucien Cailliet .... music arranger
Lucien Cailliet .... orchestrator
Harvey Gould .... camera operator
D.R.O. Hatswell .... costume researcher
Natalie Kalmus .... color director: Technicolor
Philip Kieffer .... technical advisor (as Major Philip Kieffer)
Cliff Lyons .... technical advisor
Morgan Padelford .... associate color director: Technicolor
Robert Campbell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Tom Clement .... grip (uncredited)
Barbara Ford .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Jester Hairston .... choral director (uncredited)
Alexander Kahle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson .... gun wrangler (uncredited)
Meta Stern .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Archie Stout .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
When Sgt. Quincannon (Victor McLaglen) is addressing the troops and warning them to "watch them words," he asks who owns a dog, without receiving an answer. He concludes, "Nice dog! Irish setter!" The scene was improvised on the spot by director John Ford. The dog was an unnamed Navajo pet that had fallen asleep during the setup. Multiple takes were required because McLaglen kept blowing the line, calling the dog a "cocker spaniel."
Based on the paintings and illustrations of Frederic Remington, the artist renowned for his nostalgic packaging of the bygone "real" West for an urban public.
Sergeant Tyree's horse is named "Laddie".
The song "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" is still to this day the official anthem of the United States Cavalry/Armor.
The exterior shots of Capt. Brittles' quarters and the building where Major Mac Allshard, Commanding Officer Fort Starke has his HQ are still standing and in Monument Valley itself near to the town of Kanab. The HQ building is now a museum and both are open to the public.
As the regiment's blacksmith, named "Wagner", is seen at work, we can hear the orchestra playing the "Nibelung"-motif from Richard Wagner's famous opera, "Siegfried". In the opera the motif is connected with the forging of Siegfried's sword.
John Ford decided to cast John Wayne as Captain Nathan Brittles after seeing his performance as Thomas Dunson in Red River (1948).
According to Patrick Wayne, this was his father's favorite of the movies he starred in.
John Wayne, who was 41 when the film was made, won great acclaim for his convincing portrayal of the 60-year-old Captain Brittles.
In the graveyard, one of the crosses carries the name "DeVoto", this is likely an homage to Bernard DeVoto, a prominent historian of the American West.
The horse that Ben Johnson rode in this film was a famous movie horse used by many stars in many 40s and 50s movies. It was a big sorrel stallion called "Steel" and was owned by Ben Johnston's father in law "Fat Jones" who ran one of the most successful horse renting stables in Hollywood. The horse, which was known for being very quiet but flashy, was ridden by John Wayne in "Tall in the Saddle" and "The Conqueror", Gregory Peck in "Yellow Skies" and Clark Gable in "The Tall T". The horse made stars look like good riders and Fat Jones always insisted if "Steel" was used in movies, the company hired every other horse used in the movie from his stable, so "Steel" was worth a fortune to him. "Steel" had his own double and the horse that Ben Johnston rides in the galloping scenes was not "Steel" but a spectacular galloper called "Bingo". "Steel" was no movie prima donna however. Ben Johnston also rode him when he won his world champion calf roping title. Ben Johnston also rode both "Steel" and "Bingo" in "Wagonmaster".
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 12, 1951 with John Wayne reprising his film role.
The medal Capt. Brittles is wearing during the final troop review is the Medal of Honor.
* Anachronisms: The film says that news of the Battle of Little Big Horn (1876) was spread by the Pony Express - which went out of business in 1861.
* Anachronisms: The calendar page that Capt. Brittles uses to mark off the days until his retirement is for the wrong month. The calendar most unusually shows the year but not the month, but it does show that the month has 31 days and begins on a Wednesday. Therefore, the only month in 1876 that this page would have fit was March. But it cannot be March, because it refers to the Battle of the Little Big Horn as having recently occurred and that Battle did not take place until June 1876. Arguably, the calendar should show the month of July, because John Wayne's character indicates that it is the 5th of the month, and news of Custer's death at Little Big Horn on Sunday June 25 would have taken about two weeks to arrive by (anachronistic) pony express.
* Anachronisms: At the very end of the film the cavalry marches by with a 48-star flag. In 1876 there were only 38 states.
* Continuity: Prior to leaving Fort Stock on his last patrol, Captain Brittles writes an objection to having to take a wagon on the mission. He hands the written complaint to Major Allshard, who in turn hands it to Sgt. Hochbauer, who then reads the report up side down.
* Continuity: During the fight in the canteen, when Sgt. Quincannon throws the small soldier over the counter, the barman Connolly has his pipe in his mouth. In the next shot, his pipe is in his right hand.
* Anachronisms: When Capt Brittles asks the Post commander's wife if the dress she is wearing is made from Top Soldier Quincanon's britches, she agrees, but the skirt is a full ankle length riding skirt made from much more material than a pair of britches.
* Revealing mistakes: During the charge, you hear the same looped recordings of war whoops over and over again. Furthermore, they are the same looped recordings of war whoops that they used the previous year in "Fort Apache".
* Anachronisms: Captain Brittles is retiring after 40 years in the army. It is 1876, which means he entered the army around 1836. He says he was "just a boy in blue jeans" when he entered the army. Blue jeans or denim trousers didn't come into the U.S. until Levi Strauss brought the material from DeNimes France to California during the 1850 gold rush. There were no "blue jeans" in the 1830s.
* Revealing mistakes: When Sgt. Tyree stops the paymaster's stage coach, he walks back past the horses to the coach. In the footwell of the driver's seat there are two holes through which the reins pass. The head of the stuntman who was driving the "driverless" coach is visible.
* Anachronisms: As Dr. O'Laughlin is operating on Cpl. Mike Quayne, exterior views of their wagon include a modern Coleman-type two-mantle lantern, which was not available in 1876.
* Anachronisms: Despite the demise of the 'Pony Express' in 1861 and the completion of the telegraph in 1862, notification in many areas, even in 1876, still traveled by horse. The Custer column from Fort Lincoln did not string telegraph lines as it moved west to engage the 'hostile Indians'. After the 'massacre', the word was sent East, at least to Fort Lincoln, by courier on horseback. It took nearly two weeks for the word to reach the East Coast (General Sherman on July 4th).
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