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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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Travis Blue: Sure hope I see you again, Miss Denver.
Denver: Thanks, but don't think on it. We move around. The medice will show you have to to keep healthy.
Travis Blue: We move around alot trading horses. Good thing about it, though: You get see alot of pretty country, like the valley I've got in mind. A man can make an awfully nice little cattle ranch in that valley, if he didn't mind being lonesome, and some one to help him with the cooking and such...
Denver: [pauses] Goodbye, fellow.
[She runs away, blinded by tears]


Travis Blue, Sandy: [singing, towards the end of the movie] Oh the white tops are a rollin' rollin', and the big wheels keep on turnin', there's a good little gal in that promise land already I'm a yearnin!


Elder Wiggs: [to Travis] Hey, you wouldn't, uh, happen to know that San Juan River country, would you?
Sandy: Yeah, we know it. What about it, Grandpa?
Elder Wiggs: [Taking offense] Now look here, don't you be grandpa-ing me, you young whippersnapper! I'll bull you off that fence and fan your britches for you! Goddarn...


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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.
Ben Johnson did all his own stunts.
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.
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