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Wagonmaster

Wagonmaster

John Ford (1950)

86min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is one of the greatest and most warmly human films in the series of westerns made by the master of the genre, John Ford. Its simple plot follows two young itinerant cowboys helping to lead a Mormon wagon train to Utah. As the youths, Harry Carey Jr and Ben Johnson reveal a callow expectancy of what life has in store and are profoundly moving as they play off each other when deciding to "fall in 'hind the wagon train". Many sequences are beautifully filmed, particularly a difficult river crossing, and it is interesting to see Ward Bond play a character not a million miles away from the leading role he would later play in Wagon Train, the successful television series inspired by the movie.

Summary

Two itinerant cowboys help guide a Mormon wagon train on its dangerous journey west in search of the promised land, crossing paths with travelling entertainers, rowdy gunfighters, cut-throat natives and a fugitive band of ruthless outlaws. John Ford's Western, starring Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Ward Bond, Harry Carey Jr and Charles Kemper.

Cast & Crew

Travis Ben Johnson (1)
Wiggs Ward Bond
Denver Joanne Dru
Sandy Harry Carey Jr
Uncle Shiloh Charles Kemper
Dr Locksley Hall Alan Mowbray
Sister Ledeyard Jane Darwell
Florrie Ruth Clifford
Adam Perkins Russell Simpson
Prudence Perkins Kathleen O'Malley
Floyd Clegg James Arness
Director John Ford
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Available on: Available on video

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