She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)




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The second of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy," this film stars John Wayne as Cavalry Captain Nathan Brittles. In his last days before his compulsory retirement, Brittles must face the possibility of a full-scale attack from the Arapahos, fomented by the recent defeat of General Custer and by double-dealing Indian agents.more
Rating: G
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frank S. Nugent, Laurence Stallings
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2002
Turner Home Entertainment


John Wayne
as Capt. Nathan Brittle...
Joanne Dru
as Olivia Dandridge
John Agar
as Lt. Flint Cohill
Ben Johnson
as Sgt. Tyree
Harry Carey Jr.
as Lt. Ross Pennell
Victor McLaglen
as Sgt. Quincannon
Mildred Natwick
as Mrs. Abby Allshard
George O'Brien
as Major Mack Allshard
Arthur Shields
as Dr. O'Lauglin
Harry Woods
as Karl Rynders
Chief John Big Tree
as Pony That Walks
Noble Johnson
as Red Shirt
Cliff Lyons
as Trooper Cliff
Tom Tyler
as Cpl. Mike Quayne
Michael Dugan
as Sgt. Hochbauer
Frank McGrath
as Trumpeter/Indian
Don Summers
as Jenkins
Fred Libby
as Col. Krumrein
Jack Pennick
as Sergeant Major
Billy Jones
as Courier
Rudy Bowman
as Pvt. John Smith/Gen....
Ray Hyke
as McCarthy
Lee Bradley
as Interpreter
Irving Pichel
as Narrator
Post Park
as Officer
Paul Fix
as Rynder's partner
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Critic Reviews for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | November 10, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Classic Western with glorious color, great story telling and an anti-war point of view.

Full Review… | April 1, 2013
Classic Film and Television

A film more notable for its gorgeous cinematography than for its plot.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

The second of John Ford's cavalry trilogy is well acted by John Wayne and well shot by Winton C. Hoch, who an Oscar for color cinematography.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon


Beautifully filmed and featuring many great performances. This is one of the most entertaining of Ford's films. Also includes the greatest performance ever put in by Victor McLaglen in his reoccurring role as Sgt. Quincannon.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

A great follow up to Fort Apache and probably the grandest in the whole trilogy. The use of color is almost jaw dropping at times and the way the west is captured is utterly flawless. John Wayne delivers one of his best performances out of so many great ones. Captain Brittles is probably one of the most noble and courageous characters, certainly in terms of military movies. John Ford's vision and storytelling is just unlike anything else and this is such a beautiful movie to experience.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

The compositions and photography around director John Ford's new stamping ground of Monument valley are great to look at as always.
With some makeup to grey his hair and wrinkle him a might, John Wayne turns in one of his finest performances on the screen.
The rest of the cast measures up equally well. Victor McLaglen, as irascible as ever, plays Irish Top Sergeant Quincannon, full of blarney and (a bit of) whiskey. His morning scenes with Wayne, denying he'd been drinking, are comic gems. I like the scene of McLaglen battling men in the bar. As the young suitors of Joanne Dru, John Agar and Harry Carey Jr. are also quite good.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Quotes

Sgt. Hochbauer: [enters the bar with a crew to arrest Quincannon] You're under arrest, Quincannon.
Sgt. Quincannon: By whose orders?
Sgt. Hochbauer: By order of Capt. Brittles. Are you coming peaceably?
Sgt. Quincannon: Laddie, I've never gone any place peaceably in me life. [puts down his drink and slugs Sgt. Hochbauer]
– Submitted by Francis L (3 years ago)
Capt. Nathan Brittles: Never apologize and never explain, it's a sign of weakness.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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