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

Charlie McCorry: [to Martin as he embraces Laurie just before Charlie and Laurie's wedding] I'll thank you to unhand my fi-an-cy.


Ethan: Let's go home, Debbie.


Laurie Jorgensen: [reading a letter from Martin on his Indian wife] "She wasn't nearly as old as you." How old does he think I am?


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According to film restorer Ned Price, by 1991 when the first digital transfer was made (on Laserdisc), the yellow layer of the original VistaVision negative had completely faded, making it unusable. Black and white separation masters (yellow, cyan, and magenta) made in the late 1950s have been used since then to master DVD releases.
Inspired by real events: In 1836 the Comanches abducted Cynthia Ann Parker. She was raised by them and became a member of the tribe. When the tribe was attacked Parker was "snatched back," against her will. She lamented this and missed her son for the rest of her life. Her son, Quanah, became a Comanche leader. When his troops surrendered, he went to live among white men and became a businessman.
The song playing as John Wayne approaches at the beginning of the film is a slow version of "The Bonnie Blue Flag", which along with "Dixie" were the two "anthems" of the Confederacy.
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The Searchers

Released 1956
Inducted 1989
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