Wagon Master

1950

Wagon Master

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Wagon Master, splendidly directed by John Ford, is a superlative western. The film is the outwardly simple tale of a Mormon wagon train headed for Utah. Along the way, the group, led by Elder Wiggs (Ward Bond) hook up with two horse traders Travis Blue (Ben Johnson) and Sandy Owens (Harry Carey Jr), the members of a traveling medicine show and a tribe of Navajo Indians. The group is threatened by a gang, known as the Clegg family, who have robbed an express office and murdered the clerk. This wonderful film emphasizes the virtues of solidarity, sacrifice and tolerance, and shows John Ford at his most masterful, in total control of the production from the casting to the bit players to the grandeur and scope of the visual compositions. The film, with its breathtaking scenery, brilliant performances by a cast of character actors, and an engaging sense of humor, is a superlative example of the American western. Wagonmaster inspired the television series Wagon Train and was also shown in a computer-colorized version ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Cast

Ben Johnson
as Travis Blue
Ward Bond
as Elder Wiggs
Joanne Dru
as Denver
Charles Kemper
as Uncle Shiloh Clegg
Jane Darwell
as Sister Ledeyard
Alan Mowbray
as Dr. A. Locksley Hall
Ruth Clifford
as Fleuretty Phyffe
Russell Simpson
as Adam Perkins
Kathleen O'Malley
as Prudence Perkins
James Arness
as Floyd Clegg
Fred Libby
as Reese Clegg
Hank Worden
as Luke Clegg
Mickey Simpson
as Jesse Clegg
Francis Ford
as Mr. Peachtree
Cliff Lyons
as Sheriff of Crystal City
Don Summers
as Sam Jenkins
Movita
as Navajo Woman
Jim Thorpe
as Navajo
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  • Apr 21, 2013
    Sometimes you just need a Western - imagining yourself being Ben Johnson for a couple hours. Simple and good.
    Bob S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2007
    Simple, elegant and controlled.
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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