STAGECOACH
1939, Warner Bros., 96 min, USA, Dir: John Ford

A stagecoach full of involving characters, superbly drawn and played, travels through dangerous Indian territory. After a decade in movies, John Wayne became a star once and for all as the Ringo Kid, gallantly defending vulnerable shady lady Claire Trevor, while Thomas Mitchell's drunken doctor won him an Oscar.


RIO GRANDE
1950, Paramount, 105 min, USA, Dir: John Ford

John Wayne stars as an officer defending settlers against Apaches on the Texas border when his estranged son shows up as a new Army recruit - followed by the boy’s mother (Maureen O’Hara), who wants her son back. The last of director John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy,” RIO GRANDE was the first of five pairings between Wayne and O’Hara (as well as the film debut of Wayne’s son Patrick). Costarring Ben Johnson and Victor McLaglen.


THE SEARCHERS
1956, Warner Bros., 119 min, USA, Dir: John Ford

John Wayne gives the performance of his career as Ethan Edwards, a deeply troubled Civil War veteran who heads off in search of his kidnapped niece (Natalie Wood) and becomes more obsessive and irrational as his journey progresses. Through Wayne's character, Ford explores the contradictions and dark side of the American frontier.


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