Thursday 22 February 2018

Going west: A round-up of ford's greatest movies

Stagecoach (1939)

In the film that made him a star, John Wayne plays a wronged gunfighter who comes to the rescue of a group of settlers in this groundbreaking western. Orson Welles thought it was a textbook on filmmaking and watched it over 40 times while making Citizen Kane.

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Henry Fonda starred in this beautiful adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel about an Oklahoma family who are driven off their farm during the Great Depression and make their way to California in the hope of finding a better life.

My Darling Clementine (1946)

Magnificent, brooding western that retells the story of the OK Corral. Henry Fonda plays legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, who sets out for the lawless frontier town of Tombstone to track down the gang that killed his brother.

The Searchers (1956)

It's been described as the best western ever made, and it's certainly one of the darkest. John Wayne gives his best ever performance as Ethan Edwards, an embittered Civil War veteran whose mind becomes twisted as he searches for a niece who was kidnapped by Comanche.

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