She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

1949

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

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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.

Cast

John Wayne
as Capt. Nathan Brittles
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. Rome Clay
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

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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.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer

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