Directed by John Ford
The first John Wayne on the list. This is quite the pivotal moment. I kind of love John Wayne. I know he was kind of a wooden actor. I also know that his views on certain...ahem...topics would ensure that we would not get along. Not to mention all the racism in almost every single one of his movies. Despite all that, he has always reminded me of a different time. He makes me think of my grandfather and always has me imagining my parents' childhoods.
That being said, my favorite John Wayne is The Searchers, and when I watch his other movies, I feel like they pale in comparison. This movie is about a group of diverse people that share a stagecoach. The trip is endangered because (of course; this is John Wayne movie) of "Injuns". Actually, the Ford hired local Native Americans to play the roles of the Apaches which boosted the tribe's economy by huge amounts. Kind of a Catch-22 since they always play ruthless warriors.
This film has excellent character development. It is the kind of movie that the younger male generation hates because there is not action every five seconds. Instead, it is a character study of a really different group of people. I liked it, but like I said, if you want an excellent John Wayne, go for The Searchers.
I think I am going to have trouble getting the next film too. These 30s films have been quite difficult to obtain.
John Wayne's 80th film.
Orson Welles watched the film 40 times during the filming of Citizen Kane.