The American West of John Ford (1971)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Documentary, Biography, Western


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The Western films of iconic director John Ford are fondly remembered by stars James Stewart, Henry Fonda, and John Wayne, with whom he shoots a scene in Monument Valley.


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31 October 2014 | MartinHafer
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| There are better retrospectives about John Ford, but this is still quite enjoyable...especially for his fans.
I have seen better films about the career of director John Ford. They were longer, more detailed and a bit less fawning in their admiration for the man and his work. However, this one is still pretty good and has a couple things going for it--it features some great actors talking about the man and with the man (John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart) and it's free to watch or download from archive.org. And, it certainly is worth your time.

This TV special from the early 1970s is introduced by John Wayne and this makes a lot of sense considering the number of great films the men made together. Then, through the course of the show, Fonda and Stewart also discuss the man and his films. Oddly, Andy Divine does a FAST walk-on--and never really says anything! It's nice to see the film clips as well as interviews with the grouchy John Ford. It's also interesting that the show is NOT about the real American West--just Ford's vision of what it SHOULD have been in this very sentimental program.

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