Wagon Master (1950)
Wagon Master (1950)
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as Travis Blue
as Elder Wiggs
as Uncle Shiloh Clegg
as Sister Ledeyard
as Dr. A. Locksley Hall
as Fleuretty Phyffe
as Adam Perkins
as Prudence Perkins
as Floyd Clegg
as Reese Clegg
as Luke Clegg
as Jesse Clegg
as Mr. Peachtree
as Sheriff of Crystal City
as Sam Jenkins
as Navajo Woman
as Young Navajo Girl
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Critic Reviews for Wagon Master
Wagon Master is a good outdoor action film, done in the best John Ford manner. That means careful character development and movement, spiced with high spots of action, good drama and leavening comedy moments
Ford considered it among his personal favorites, and a handful of Ford's biggest admirers consider it a neglected masterpiece. (I do too.)
It's as gentle and warm a film as [John Ford] ever made and it follows a classic Ford theme: the creation of a community in the west...
...a simple, straightforward film telling a simple, straightforward story, artistic in its design and execution and poetic in its telling.
Audience Reviews for Wagon Master
"Wagon Master" is one of the warmest, most charming films John Ford ever made, and it's certainly among the best westerns ever made by anyone. The introduction of the villainous Clegg family (and, by extension, a clearer, more dangerous sense of conflict) to the Mormon wagon train in the film's second half feels a bit perfunctory, but it works, sometimes very much so, even if the Cleggs do always feel a bit like a second-rate version of the Clanton family from Ford's own "My Darling Celementine" from four years earlier. Charles Kemp does his best Quiet Menacing, but he's no Walter Brennan. But the film's real strength--and what seems to command Ford's interest--the isn't the action, but rather the gradual accumulation of quiet incident, not the conflict, but the film's gentle, even comic approach to character and community, all rendered joyously through some tremendous casting, music, and Ford's own, perfect, almost dancelike sense of easy, loping mis-en-scene. A beautiful film.
Sometimes you just need a Western - imagining yourself being Ben Johnson for a couple hours. Simple and good.
130420: Old school but entertaining in its simplicity. Unlike many more modern films, I don't regret having watched it.
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