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The Searchers Overview:

The Searchers (1956) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by John Ford and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Patrick Ford.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Alan Le May published in 1954.

The Searchers was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.

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DOUBLE BILL #7: Stagecoach (1939) and The Searchers (1956)

By Carol Martinheira on Oct 10, 2017 From The Old Hollywood Garden

DOUBLE BILL #7: Stagecoach (1939) and The Searchers (1956) On October 10, 2017October 10, 2017 By CarolIn Uncategorized John Ford and John Wayne. One of cinema?s greatest and most celebrated director-actor partnerships. They made dozens of films together and they were ... Read full article


The Searchers (1956)

By Beatrice on Apr 30, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Searchers Directed by John Ford Written by Frank S. Nugent from the novel by Alan Le May 1956/USA Warner Bros./C.V. Whitney Pictures Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #318 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Ethan: That’ll be the day. My husband said “It’s that sad West... Read full article


"...And Scene!" blogathon: "The Searchers", a silent farewell

By Caftan Woman on Jun 25, 2015 From Caftan Woman

John Ford Monument Valley Sister Celluloid presents the “…And Scene!” Blogathon running June 25 - 28. Click here for the memorable scenes that continually fascinate these movie bloggers. The scene that deeply touches me with every viewing is from John Ford's 1956 masterpiece,... Read full article


The Searchers (1956, John Ford)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 19, 2015 From The Stop Button

John Ford is never trying to be discreet with The Searchers, he’s just not willing to talk down to the audience. In the first ten minutes of the film, he and screenwriter Frank S. Nugent quickly establish John Wayne’s character and his relationship with his family. Ford, Nugent, Wayne an... Read full article


Top 250 Tuesday #007 – The Searchers (1956)

By Michael on May 13, 2014 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Continuing to wend my way through the Sight and Sound Top 250 Greatest Movies of All Time. This week, it’s #007 on the list, John Ford‘s The Searchers. For a longer introduction to this series and a look at the full list, just click here. And if you want a heads-up on what I’ll be ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Martin: [speaking to Debbie for the first time in five years] Debbie, Debbie, Debbie, don't you remember? I'm Martin, I'm Martin, your brother, remember? Debbie, remember back.
Martin: [pause] Do you remember how I used to let you ride my horse? And tell you stories? Oh, don't you remember me, Debbie?
Debbie Edwards: I remember, from always. At first I prayed to you: "Come and get me, take me home." You didn't come.
Martin: But I've come now, Debbie.
Debbie Edwards: These are my people. Go. Go, Martin, please!


Martin: I hope you die!
Ethan: That'll be the day.


[after a double-take, Ethan and Martin recognize Debbie as the captive who shows them a lance of human scalps in Chief Scar's tent]
Ethan: We've seen scalps before.
Chief Scar: [shows them the gold locket that Ethan gave Debbie] This before?
Ethan: [to Figuroa] I came to trade, not to admire his collection. Tell him we'll pitch camp the other side of the creek. Talk tomorrow.


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Hank Worden (Mose Harper) was tied up finishing shooting on The Indian Fighter and was unavailable for some shots in this movie. In scenes where the Rangers have ridden out together in Monument Valley, 'Old Mose Harper' is played in group shots by another actor hanging back and hiding his face. Single shots of Worden as Harper in these scenes were shot later.
A significant portion of the film's labyrinthine plot is revealed on a throwaway prop that most casual viewers rarely notice. Just before the Indian raid on the Edwards homestead, the tombstone that Debbie hides next to reveals the source of Ethan's glaring hatred for Native Americans. The marker reads: "Here lies Mary Jane Edwards killed by Commanches May 12, 1852. A good wife and mother in her 41st year." Sixteen years earlier, Ethan's own mother was massacred by Comanches.
The language spoken by the "Comanche" Indians is actually Navajo.
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The Searchers

Released 1956
Inducted 1989
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