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Wagon Master (1950) was a Western Film directed by John Ford and produced by John Ford, Merian C. Cooper and Lowell J. Farrell.

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On Blu-ray: John Ford's Wagon Master (1950)

By KC on Oct 22, 2019 From Classic Movies

It says a lot about the kind of actors director John Ford cast when his supporting players are as good at carrying a film as his frequent star John Wayne. In the 1950 film Wagon Master, actors and stuntmen Ben Johnson and Harry Carey, Jr. shine at a different wattage than Wayne, but they are neverth... Read full article


Wagon Master (1950)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 28, 2019 From 4 Star Films

“Wagons west are rolling…” – Sons of The Pioneers Despite being a tighter film, Wagon Train still bears the irrefutable mark of John Ford.?Together with producer Meridian C.?Cooper, he crafts a piece of work as near to a fully realized articulation of his vision as he probabl... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: WAGON MASTER (1950)

By Jennifer Garlen on Aug 23, 2013 From Virtual Virago

John Ford directed many more famous Westerns than Wagon Master (1950), but this modest oater about a Mormon wagon train reveals many of Ford’s signature touches and favorite players. It’s a dramatic tale that focuses on the interactions of several different kinds of frontier outsiders, i... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: WAGON MASTER (1950)

By Jennifer Garlen on Aug 23, 2013 From Virtual Virago

John Ford directed many more famous Westerns than Wagon Master (1950), but this modest oater about a Mormon wagon train reveals many of Ford’s signature touches and favorite players. It’s a dramatic tale that focuses on the interactions of several different kinds of frontier outsiders, i... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: WAGON MASTER (1950)

By Jennifer Garlen on Aug 23, 2013 From Virtual Virago

John Ford directed many more famous Westerns than Wagon Master (1950), but this modest oater about a Mormon wagon train reveals many of Ford’s signature touches and favorite players. It’s a dramatic tale that focuses on the interactions of several different kinds of frontier outsiders, i... Read full article


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Denver: And don't call me Ma'am!
Travis Blue: Yes, Ma'am.


Uncle Shiloh Clegg: Ain't nobody gonna whip a Clegg!
Sandy: [pointing to the gun wielding Navajos] How you gonna stop it, Uncle Shiloh?


Luke Clegg: Us Cleggs ain't used to bein' talked to like that.


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In the scene where Sandy and the Mormon fight, the fight is broken up by Ward Bond's character. Ward Bond has ripped pants as he separates the fighters and you can hear a dog barking in the background. This happened because director John Ford wanted to use two dogs that had been ruining every scene in the film by fighting, in the background as the men fought, hoping the dogs would start fighting as a contrast to the men fighting. Instead of fighting however one of the dogs ran away and the other attacked Ward Bond and ripped his pants. John Ford could barely contain his laughter but kept filming. Afterwords however he became quite concerned and said they needed to find the dog in case it had bitten Ward Bond, not just ripped his pants. Ford was worried the dog might have needed a tetanus shot.
When Elder Wiggs breaks up the fight between Sandy and Jackson, a dog joins in and tears one of the legs of his pants. This was not in the script. It just happened on the set, and John Ford had liked it so much he kept it in the film.
In this film Harry Carey Jr. rode his own horse called "Mormon" and Ben Johnson rode a famous movie horse called "Steel" that was owned by his father in law "Fat Jones" who ran the most well known horse renting stable in Hollywood. In the galloping scenes Ben Johnston rode Steel's stunt double Bingo and was quoted as saying he was just a passenger as "Bingo" thundered down the hills. According to Harry Carey Jr "Steel" and "Mormon" became very attached and ruined quite a number of scenes by calling out to each other.
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