She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

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The last job of Calvary Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne) before retirement is to soothe relations with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians after Custer's last stand. At the same time, he must transport the wife (Mildred Natwick) and niece (Joanne Dru) of his commanding officer to a safe destination. After both his missions stall, Brittles attempts a face-to-face meeting with an important Native American chief in order to stave off an impending war.

Cast & Crew

John Wayne
Captain 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
Arthur Shields
Dr. O'Laughlin
Francis Ford
Connelly (uncredited)
John Ford
Director
Merian C. Cooper
Executive Producer
Lowell J. Farrell
Associate Producer
John Ford
Executive Producer
Richard Hageman
Original Music
Winton C. Hoch
Director of Photography
Jack Murray
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Critic Reviews for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

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Audience Reviews for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

  • Oct 27, 2011
    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 J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2009
    John Ford's classic has lost a little of it's edge over the years, but it is no way a bad film. Quite the opposite.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2009
    Great western. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, is the 2nd of John Ford's cavalry trilogy. The Duke stars as Captain Nathan Brittles, who on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Like most John Ford westerns, there is plenty of action, humor, and great performances. Ben Johnson and John Ager reprise their roles as cavalry soldiers, and Joanne Dru provides the eye candy. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is another Wayne/Ford classic that's not to be missed.
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