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Fort Apache (1948) was a Western - Black-and-white Film directed by John Ford and produced by John Ford and Merian C. Cooper.

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Fort Apache (1948)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 9, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Fort Apache gives me the opportunity to consider one of John Ford’s most unlikely long-term collaborations with film critic turned screenwriter Frank S. Nugent. As with all Ford partnerships, it was oftentimes prickly but there’s no repudiating the impact. However, even the writer realiz... Read full article


Fort Apache (1948)

By Beatrice on Apr 5, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Fort Apache Directed by John Ford Written by Frank S. Nugent; suggested by the story “Massacre” by James Warner Bellah 1948/USA Argosy Pictures Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Such a classic Ford mixture of the heroic and the cynical in the Great American West. After the Civil War, Lt. ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: FORT APACHE (1948)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 10, 2013 From Virtual Virago

The classic Western has many moods, but the tone of John Ford's Fort Apache (1948) is decidedly dark. Its clouds gather slowly, relieved sometimes by deceptive moments of gaiety and light, but still the storm comes on. Loosely based on the events of Custer's Last Stand, Fort Apache is technically a ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: FORT APACHE (1948)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 10, 2013 From Virtual Virago

The classic Western has many moods, but the tone of John Ford's Fort Apache (1948) is decidedly dark. Its clouds gather slowly, relieved sometimes by deceptive moments of gaiety and light, but still the storm comes on. Loosely based on the events of Custer's Last Stand, Fort Apache is technically a ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: FORT APACHE (1948)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 10, 2013 From Virtual Virago

The classic Western has many moods, but the tone of John Ford's Fort Apache (1948) is decidedly dark. Its clouds gather slowly, relieved sometimes by deceptive moments of gaiety and light, but still the storm comes on. Loosely based on the events of Custer's Last Stand, Fort Apache is technically a ... Read full article


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[Col. Thursday is addressing the officers]
Lt. Col. Thursday: Gentlemen, I did not seek this command, but since it's been assigned me, I intend to make this regiment the finest on the frontier. I fully realize that prolonged duty in a small outpost can lead to carelessness... and inefficiency and laxity in dress and deportment. I call it to your attention that only one of you has reported here this morning properly dressed. The uniform, gentlemen, is not a subject for individual, whimsical expression. We're not cowboys at this post... or freighters with a load of alfalfa.


[the ladies of the fort are watching as the regiment rides out to meet Cochise]
Mrs. Emily Collingwood: [referring to her husband] I can't see him. All I can see is the flags.


Ft. Apache sentry: Halt! Who goes there?
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: The new commanding officer.
Ft. Apache sentry: Holy Moses!
Sgt. Johnny Beaufort: No, the new commanding officer.


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Facts about

John Ford did not get along at all with 19-year-old Shirley Temple, and frequently derided her acting and lack of education.
Cinematographer Archie Stout and John Ford used infrared black-and-white film stock, developed originally for medical and scientific researches and which doesn't sense the blue and records that color as black, in many exterior scenes shot in the Monument Valley to enhance the clouds and the rock formations. Ford learned that technique from Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa that he worked with for The Fugitive.
Infrared film was used in outdoor scenes to enhance the fantastic look of the scenery and sky. However, the actors' skin tone looked far too pale on infrared, so they were compelled to wear very dark make-up to compensate.
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