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The Informer (1935): John Ford and Victor McLaglen

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 22, 2022

The opening title card sets the stage in strife-torn Dublin in 1922 with a reference to Judas, the man who betrayed Jesus Christ to be killed. The allusive nature of the story becomes apparent only with time, connecting with John Ford’s own deeply religious inclinations as an Irish Catholic. I read more

Mogambo (1953): John Ford Updates Red Dust

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 16, 2021

Whether it’s apocryphal or not the term “Mogambo” is purported to be the Swahili word for “passion,” although it’s difficult to know if this was only hearsay propagated by westerners (now including myself). Regardless, it boasts an intriguing if altogether curiou read more

Cheyenne Autumn (1964): John Ford’s Western Swan Song

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 10, 2021

If we had to provide a broad sense of Cheyenne Autumn, it would be all about the mass Exodus of the Cheyenne in 1878 as they journey from the arid land they’ve been subjugated to back to the land the white man had promised to return to them all along. This is a Hollywood rendition so, obvious read more

Two Rode Together (1961): The Community of a John Ford Western

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 4, 2021

With such a robust body of work, it’s no surprise John Ford often gravitated toward certain images to represent the West and Two Rode Together it little different with the director returning to familiar iconography. This time it’s Jimmy Stewart, not Henry Fonda, propped up against a rai read more

John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” and myth of the American West

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Jul 17, 2020

John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” and myth of the American West My Darling Clementine (1946) is an American western film directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, and Victor Mature. Many critics consider it one of the best westerns ever made. The movie tak read more

7 Women (1966): John Ford’s Final Film

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 25, 2020

7 Women is an oddity that nevertheless deserves a more prominent reputation. Here we have the inauspicious final film of John Ford, becoming the capstone to a career spanning decades and plenty of classics. However, there’s no John Wayne in this picture nor western panoramas. Nevertheless, it read more

Quando John Ford conheceu John Wayne / When Ford Met Wayne

Critica Retro Posted by Lê on Dec 11, 2016

Quando John Ford conheceu John Wayne / When Ford Met Wayne Todo mundo tem de começar de algum lugar. No cinema, o começo em geral envolve papéis como extra, sem crédito, até que, um dia, você tem seu primeiro grande sucesso. Para os atroes, o grande sucesso geralmente vem mais tarde que read more

“Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford” Book Giveaway (via Twitter February 1 through February 27)!

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on Feb 1, 2016

“Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford” Book Giveaway – Qualifying Entry Task for TWITTER Contest “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” In celebration of John Ford’s birthday, today, February 1 (born in 1894), CMH is very happy to say that we will read more

Directed by John Ford (1971)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Mar 30, 2015

Directed by John Ford  Directed by Peter Bogdanovich Written by Peter Bogdanovich 1971 (restored and updated 2006)/USA American Film Institute/California Arts Commission/Turner Classic Movies (2006 Restoration) First viewing/American Documentary Film Festival The American Documentary Film Festiva read more

Classic Movie Coincidence: Clark Gable and John Ford

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on Feb 1, 2015

Clark Gable and John Ford share a birthday and a film: Clark Gable starred in Mogambo which was directed by John Ford. Both Gable and Ford were born February 1, seven years apart! Clark Gable and John Ford on the set of Mogambo Clark Gable was born William Clark Gable on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, read more

The Best Films of John Ford

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 1, 2014

1. The Searchers 2. Stagecoach 3. The Grapes of Wrath 4. The Quiet Man 5. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 6. How Green was My Valley 7. My Darling Clementine 8. Young Mr. Lincoln 9. The Long Voyage Home 10. The Informer 11. Fort Apache 12. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 13. They Were Expendable 14. Wagon read more

The Best Films of John Ford

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 1, 2014

1. The Searchers 2. Stagecoach 3. The Grapes of Wrath 4. The Quiet Man 5. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 6. How Green was My Valley 7. My Darling Clementine 8. Young Mr. Lincoln 9. The Long Voyage Home 10. The Informer 11. Fort Apache 12. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 13. They Were Expendable 14. Wagon read more

John Ford Blogathon: The Lost Patrol (1934)

Mildred's Fatburgers Posted by Beth Daniels on Jul 14, 2014

"I think I see something moving out there!" Poor Boris Karloff I had never seen The Lost Patrol until the other day, when I was (belatedly) preparing for The John Ford Blogathon. Filmed in the Sonoran Desert in Imperial County, California, every long shot of this wartime drama i read more

John Ford’s RIO GRANDE (1950)

Once Upon a Screen Posted by Aurora on Jul 12, 2014

By 1950 John Ford was a legend.  He had already received four Academy Award nominations for Best Director with three wins.  Yet, he’d been unable to fulfill a professional dream he’d had for fourteen years - to make THE QUIET MAN in the country of his heart, Ireland.  It was thanks read more

John Ford’s My Darling Clementine

The Vintage Cameo Posted by Emily on Jul 12, 2014

Although the legend of Wyatt Earp and his gunfight at the O.K. Corral seem like a familiar piece of American folklore to us now, the story wasn’t actually common knowledge until decades after it happened—and even then, it only entered the public imagination through the magic of media. Stuart read more

The John Ford Blogathon: Ford and The Informer (1935)

Caftan Woman Posted by Caftan Woman on Jul 9, 2014

"For a director there are commercial rules that it is necessary to obey. In our profession, an artistic failure is nothing; a commercial failure is a sentence. The secret is to make films that please the public and also allow the director to reveal his personality." The "baby" of his family, 19 read more

The John Ford Blogathon: THE HORSE SOLDIERS

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Jul 8, 2014

The legendary John Ford was a huge Civil War buff. He was fond of telling people that several of his ancestors fought in the conflict, and he even went so far to say that some of them fought on both sides. The Civil War is touched upon in a number of Ford's films, but it wasn't until 1959 that read more

Maureen O’Hara and John Ford’s Way With Women

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on Jul 8, 2014

Maureen O’Hara at the Turner Classic Film Festival 2014 in April…. Maureen O’Hara, 93, and still as feisty as ever, travelled from Idaho this year where she lives with her grandson and his family to attend the TCMFF 2014, introduce How Green Was My Valley with Robert Osborne, and h read more

The John Ford Blogathon: THE HORSE SOLDIERS

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Jul 8, 2014

The legendary John Ford was a huge Civil War buff. He was fond of telling people that several of his ancestors fought in the conflict, and he even went so far to say that some of them fought on both sides. The Civil War is touched upon in a number of Ford's films, but it wasn't until 1959 that read more

This Japanese Poster For John Ford’s The Searchers (1956) May Be Just As Beautiful As The Film Itself

Durnmoose Movie Musings Posted by Michael on Sep 6, 2013

And that’s saying a lot. Oh, and yes, I will be covering the movie, which is number 7 on the Sight and Sound Top 250 list in an upcoming Top 250 Tuesday entry before too long. And just for good measure, for those of you unfamiliar with the movie, here’s the trailer: Related read more
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