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zz11e| She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Director: John Ford
Screenplay: Frank S. Nugent, Laurence Stallings, James Warner Bellah
Producer: Merian C. Cooper, John Ford, Lowell J. Farrell
Cast: John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr.
Genre: Western

Running Time: 103
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC Fullscreen)
Sound: Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Features: 10-disc set includes:
1.75 anamorphic widescreen, English 2.0 Stereo, French Mono
Disc One:
Introduction by Patrick Wayne
Theatrical Trailer
"The Searchers: An Appreciation"
Behind the Cameras: Meet Jeffrey Hunter, Monument Valley, Meet Natalie Wood, and Setting Up Production
Reproduction of original 1956 Warner Bros. press book
10 postcards with behind-the-scenes photos
Stagecoach - Two Disc Special Edition (1939)
New feature-length American Masters profile: John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend
Commentary by Scott Eyman, author of "Print the Legend: The Life & Times of John Ford"
Theatrical Trailer
B&W, 96 min.
Digitally remastered and restored from original nitrate elements
Theatrical Trailer
B&W, 128 min.
New featurette "Serenity at Sea: John Ford and the Araner"
B&W, 105 min.
Theatrical Trailer
3 Godfathers (1948)
1.33, English Mono, French Mono
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Theatrical Trailer
Color, 103 min.
Theatrical Trailer
B&W, 135 min.
John Ford home movies
Studio:  Turner Home Ent DVD Region:  1 Unrated
DVD Release:  May 2007 Discs:  1 (DVD) []
Reviews:  The second of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy", She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is the only one of the three to be lensed in Technicolor. In an Oscar-calibre performance, 42-year old John Wayne plays sixtyish Cavalry Captain Nathan Brittles. In his last days before his compulsory retirement, Brittles must face the possibility of a full-scale attack from the Arapahos, fomented by the recent defeat of Custer and by double-dealing Indian agents. After a series of minor victories and major frustrations, Brittles decides to ride into the Arapaho camp, there to smoke a pipe of peace with his old friend, Chief Pony That Walks (Chief John Big Tree). Before he leaves, he is presented with his retirement present by his troops: a pocket watch, with the inscription "Lest We Forget"(Wayne's playing of this scene, barely holding back tears as he adjusts his spectacles to read the inscription, is one of his finest moments on film). Brittles is able to forestall an Indian attack, just in time for his official retirement. The film really ends here, but there are two more potential climaxes before the words THE END dissolve into view. The patchiness of the Frank Nugent/Lawrence Stallings screenplay (attributal to the fact that it is adapted from two different short stories) prevents She Wore a Yellow Ribbon from reaching the same lofty heights as the Ford/Wayne collaborations Fort Apache (1947) and Rio Grande (1949). The gratuitous offscreen narration of Irving Pichel is also rather distracting. Even so, Wayne's flawless performance, coupled with the supporting contributions of Ford's stock company (John Agar, Harry Carey Jr., Victor McLaglen et al) and the Academy Award-winning photography by Winston C. Hoch, automatically elevates She Wore a Yellow Ribbon to classic status.

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