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Two Rode Together (1961)

Two Rode Together (1961)

Two Rode Together





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Guthrie McCabe (James Stewart) is the sheriff of a town near an army outpost. Lieutenant Gray (Richard Widmark) recruits Guthrie to help rescue the children of white settlers who have been kidnapped by the Comanche Indians. He agrees for two reasons. The first, local saloon owner Belle (Annelle Hayes) has her matrimonial eye on Guthrie. The second reason is the $500 per person reward for bringing the kidnapped victims back to the fort. The sheriff and the lieutenant ride off to meet the Indians in this film directed by John Ford.more
Rating: G
Genre: Western
Directed By:
Written By: Frank S. Nugent
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures


James Stewart
as Marshal Guthrie McCa...
Richard Widmark
as First Lt. Jim Gary
Shirley Jones
as Marty Purcell
Linda Cristal
as Elena de la Madriaga
Andy Devine
as Sgt. Darius P. Posey
John McIntire
as Maj. Frazer
Paul Birch
as Edward Purcell
Willis B. Bouchey
as Mr. Harry J. Wrangle
Henry Brandon
as Chief Quanah Parker
Harry Carey Jr.
as Ortho Clegg
Olive Carey
as Abby Frazer
Ken Curtis
as Greely Clegg
Chet Douglas
as Ward Corbey
Annelle Hayes
as Belle Aragon
David Kent
as Running Wolf
Anna Lee
as Mrs. Malaprop
Jeanette Nolan
as Mrs. McCandless
John Qualen
as Ole Knudsen
Ford Rainey
as Henry Clay
Woody Strode
as Stone Calf
O.Z. Whitehead
as Lt. Chase
Cliff Lyons
as William McCandless
Mae Marsh
as Hanna Clay
Frank Baker
as Capt. Malaprop
Ted Knight
as Lt. Upton
Major Sam Harris
as Post Doctor
Jack Pennick
as Sergeant
Sam Harris
as Post doctor
Sam Harris
as Post doctor
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Critic Reviews for Two Rode Together

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ford may have made it for a quick buck—or perhaps as a favor to Columbia chief Harry Cohn—but the impact of the resulting film is far more that of a provocative drama than a tossed-off oater.

Full Review… | June 4, 2014
Groucho Reviews

Ford fails to make his racism theme work in the same powerful way he did in The Searchers.

Full Review… | July 6, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Two Rode Together

John Ford reboots The Searchers, this time dividing the action between Richard Widmark and Jimmy Stewart, two established commodities, instead of John Wayne and newbie Jeffrey Hunter. The result is more scattered but more of a buddy movie, which the two particulars achieve pretty well. Its engaging for that reason. Interestingly, Ford chooses black guy Woody Strode to play "the bad Indian". What the hell is that all about?

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A lot of this seemed like almost a remake of "The Searchers" from five years earlier, but the emphasis was split between two characters stuck together and coming out the better for it. I didn't really get the same feeling from John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter in "The Searchers" as I did from Jimmy Stewart and Richard Widmark in this film--the latter were far more likeable, and so the movie was more straightforward than the earlier movie. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing because it allowed a bit of a comedic feel to permeate the film. I liked it.


A lot funnier than I expected, like a very dark-comic-tragic sequel to The Searchers, it looks at a Marshall and a Major set to task to bring back a few young people kidnapped years before by the Comanches. The personal stakes of the actual finding of the people isn't so high-stakes and existential like Searchers, but there's more to do with what happens when these kids are brought home, how they're beyond recognition, and also the camraderie between Stewart and Widmark is awesome. The scene where the two of them sit by the riverside and have a friendly argument is one of Ford's great scenes of men being men, amusing, tough, deep down squishy.

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