She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

John Ford (1949)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This first-class cavalry western from director John Ford contains some of John Wayne's finest screen moments. Wayne is marvellous as retiring commander Nathan Brittles, who acts on his own to prevent a Native American war. It's a performance that even those vehemently anti-Wayne, and all he stood for, feel forced to admire. This is one of the great Technicolor movies, justly winning an Oscar for cinematography that expertly captures Ford's favourite Monument Valley locations. There's also a stirring, majestic soundtrack and a mighty fine supporting cast that includes Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr and Joanne Dru - ignore the slightly ludicrous Irish whimsy involving Victor McLaglen. This is a deeply satisfying work by one of cinema's greatest film-makers.


A cavalry officer on the brink of retirement takes drastic steps to prevent an impending war with the Arapaho people, stirred up by double-dealing agents and Custer's recent defeat. After a series of skirmishes and minor victories, he decides the best solution is to ride into the Arapaho camp and negotiate a truce. John Ford Western, starring John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar and Ben Johnson.

Cast & Crew

Capt Brittles John Wayne
Olivia Joanne Dru
Lt Cohill John Agar
Tyree Ben Johnson
Lt Pennell Harry Carey Jnr
Sgt Quincannon Victor McLaglen
Mrs Allshard Mildred Natwick
Dr O'Laughlin Arthur Shields
Pony-That-Walks Chief John Big Tree
Director John Ford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: video and DVD