- Acting of Lead Performers
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Wayne and McLaglen's silly hijinks a plus
I don't agree with those who object to Vicot McLaglen's various comic turns in this picture. I think it's funny and lends charm to the proceedings. It's an old device going back to Shakespeare -- comic relief. And it works well here. It's all an expression of the heart that informs virtually every frame of this film and John Ford's other work. It's part and parcel of who Ford was and why we love him.I also disagree with those who say this film has too many climaxes. They make sense in themselves and keep Wayne in the game (which is what everyone was hoping for). No one wanted to see the old soldier just fade away -- not his men, and not the viewers. So let it be. No need to split hairs. Ford made the film he wanted to make. It's a very compelling portrait of the artist just the way it is.
Please correct the synopsis
John Agar's character is Flint Cohill, not Clint. And the scene where John Wayne spies on the tribes, he's with the Harry Carey character, Ross Pennell, not "Clint".
she wore a yellow ribbon
- kevin sellers
A good John Ford western, but not as good as the first installment of the Cavalry Trilogy, "Fort Apache," in my opinion, because there is no central conflict between Wayne's character and anyone else in the movie as intense as that between Wayne and Fonda in the other film. Also, you're still stuck with too much lame comic relief involving Victor McLaglen, John Agar returns to play yet another dull, male ingenue, and Joanne Dru is only a slight upgrade from Shirley Temple. On the plus side, though, you have the great Ben Johnson, back in the day when he was doing his own riding stunts, and Wayne notches another fascinating study in loneliness, weariness, and brooding to his acting belt. (When he's not engaged in silly hijinks with McLaglen, that is.) Let's give it a B plus. P.S. I agree with the previous reviewer about that shot of lightning flashing as the cavalry rides. It's yet another of Ford's great Monument Valley, Frederick Remington moments. Is there a more painterly American director than Ford is in his westerns?
Oft forgotten but a gem nonetheless!
This film is far better than a lot of the "classic" western movies made during this time. It is beautifully shot (look for the highlight sequence of the thunderstorm on the trail). This may be John Wayne's best western roll with the exception of The Searchers. In the end this is a very enjoyable film that perhaps gets forgotten or overlooked, but it definitely is worth your while.As a history major I feel that I can add this too: it is not as silly as the other two films in Ford's cavalry trilogy, or countless other western films of the time. I must admit that there are some silly, humorous moments in this film, but all in all it is arguably the most accurate depiction of the US cavalry of this time.
Great classic western!
This is one of my favorite films and it is strictly because of John Wayne's very powerful performance. He is so good in this film that I've forgiven some of the horrid performances he gave prior to it and after. It is a beautifully photographed film, well deserving of the Oscar for cinematography, with a host of excellent actors. (Victor McLaghlen is hilarious.) For my money, this is John Ford's best film of the Western genre and his love of the natural beauty of the West is clearly illustrated in the photography. Of course, there is that song! You are humming it for days after viewing the film. It is a very old cavalry song and you can feel that military cadence when they sing it. Just one HUGE "essential" in the Western genre here!
Yellow Ribbon and Monument Valley
- John Mather
A year ago it was my joy to finally visit the sight on John Ford's "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon." I have been a fan of early John Wayne movies, this one in particular. BUT staying at the film site, walking where the two Johns trod, and seeing seeing what greeted them every day made me weep unassamedly. Monument Valley and Gouldings are a must see pilgrimage for any fans of this movie or anyother Ford filming here. This movie and that place are a spiritual part of me.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Dominating song, "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," enhanced the movie's appeal, even with the dog barking in the background. Pony-that-Walks was cool too, along with Wayne.
"Don't apologize - it's a sign of weakness"
- Jeff Boston
Future Oscar winners John Wayne and Ben Johnson, along with past Oscar winner Victor McLaglen (the bar scene is a funny tribute to his boxing days) are directed by past and future Oscar winner John Ford in one of his many movies set in Monument Valley. More boring than most films with Wayne, who does a wonderful job playing a character 20 years his senior. The Duke never disappoints. The gun dealing scene remains raw.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
- Dashiell Barnes
Ford's second film in the "Calvary Trilogy" and the only one in color. Wayne himself had stated that he wish was received an Oscar nomination for this film, anybody who say this film would tend to agree. Winton C. Hoch did win an Academy Award for photography Monument Valley in all it's gorgeous hues. The story is weak, but the overall film is magnificent. I give it a 4/5.
I Love John Wayne in this movie
John Wayne's performance of Nathan Brittle was one of his best. I read that he wished he would of won his Oscar for Yellow Ribbon instead of True Grit, I felt that this performance was more deserving of the award. Beautiful scenery, humor, and you can't stop singing the title song once the movie is over. I'm not much into westerns but recently I watched this movie, Red River, and True Grit, and I am learning to appreciate the genre.
A Woman Not Usualy a Fan of Westerns
Ford's use of the scenery as in a Remington painting is an integral part of my enjoyment of the film. This movie made me a fan of John Wayne and westerns.
ONE OF THE GREATIST
THIS IS A FANTASTIC FILM. IT IS THE BEST OF JOHN WAYNE.JOHN FORD GIVES EXCELLENT DIRECTION.I THINK IT GOES DOWN IN HISTORY AS ONE OF THE BEST WESTERNS EVER MADE.GREAT SCREENPLAY AND BEAUTIFUL LOCATIONS MAKES IT A GEM.VICTOR MCLAGLEN AS THE OLD FIESTY SGT. QUINCANNON ADDS SO MUCH TO THE FILM.LOOKOUT FOR THAT GREAT BOXING SCENE.