John Ford

  • John Ford – Tobacco Road (1941)

    1941-1950ComedyDramaJohn FordUSA

    Shiftless Jeeter Lester (Charley Grapewin) and his family of hillbilly stereotypes live in a rural backwater where their ancestors were once wealthy planters. Their slapstick existence is threatened by a bank’s plans to take over the land for more profitable farming; subplots involve the affairs and marriages of son Dude (William Tracy) and daughter Ellie May (Gene Tierney).Read More »

  • John Ford – Four Sons (1928)

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    A family saga in which three sons of a Bavarian widow go to war for Germany and the fourth goes to America, Germany’s eventual opponent. One of John Ford’s most important silent films, made very much under the influence of his Fox studio mate, F.W. Murnau.Read More »

  • John Ford – She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

    1941-1950DramaJohn FordUSAWestern

    After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he’s also required to take along Abby Allshard, wife of the Fort’s commanding officer, and her niece, the pretty Olivia Dandridge, who are being evacuated for their own safety. Brittles is only a few days away from retirement and Olivia has caught the eye of two of the young officers in the Company, Lt. Flint Cohill and 2nd Lt. Ross Pennell. She’s taken to wearing a yellow ribbon in her hair, a sign that she has a beau in the Cavalry, but refuses to say for whom she is wearing it.Read More »

  • John Ford – The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)

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    A few short hours after President Lincoln has been assassinated, Dr. Samuel Mudd gives medical treatment to a wounded man who shows up at his door. Mudd has no idea that the president is dead and that he is treating his murderer, John Wilkes Booth. But that doesn’t save him when the army posse searching for Booth finds evidence that Booth has been to the doctor’s house. Dr. Mudd is arrested for complicity and sentenced to life imprisonment, to be served in the infamous pestilence-ridden Dry Tortugas.Read More »

  • John Ford – The Informer (1935)

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    Dublin, 1922. Gypo Nolan, strong but none too bright, has been ousted from the rebel organization and is starving. When he finds that his equally destitute sweetheart Katie has been reduced to prostitution, he succumbs to temptation and betrays his former comrade Frankie to the British authorities for a 20 pound reward. In the course of one gloomy, foggy night, guilt and retribution inexorably close in…Read More »

  • John Ford – The Rising of the Moon (1957)

    1951-1960ComedyDramaJohn FordUSA

    John Ford returned to his Irish roots in this lighthearted gem featuring three short films introduced by Tyrone Power and shot entirely in Ireland.

    The first, “The Majesty of the Law”, is the droll tale of a police inspector (Cyril Cusack) trying to serve a warrant on an old man (Noel Purcell) who assaulted his neighbour.

    “A Minute’s Wait” tells the farcical story of how a train’s one-minute station stop turns into a two-hour delay. Filmed on the late, lamented West Clare Railway.Read More »

  • John Ford – By Indian Post (1919)

    1911-1920John FordSilentUSAWestern

    Synopsis (contains spoilers)
    Jode McWilliams wants to marry Peg Owens, but her father (and Jode’s employer) won’t allow it. Jode writes Peg a love letter, but it is stolen by an Indian. The Indian delivers the letter to Peg. Her father finds the letter and kidnaps Jode, he escapes and marries Peg.Read More »

  • John Ford – In memoriam Manuel Quezon (1944)

    1941-1950DocumentaryExperimentalJohn FordUSA

    This is a creative documentary of the funeral of Manuel Quezón, president of the Philippines. Whether directed by Ford or wholly the work of his Field Photo Unit, I don’t know. Read More »

  • John Ford – The Last Outlaw (1919)

    1911-1920John FordSilentUSAWestern

    A grizzled hero is revisiting the town of his youthful exploits.Read More »

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