TCM Greatest Classic Films: John Wayne - Fort Apache/She Wore a Yellow Ribbon [2 Discs] [DVD]

This double-feature of classic John Wayne westerns includes Fort Apache and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.
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TCM Greatest Classic Films: John Wayne - Fort Apache/She Wore a Yellow Ribbon [2 Discs] (DVD)  1948 - Larger Front
  • TCM Greatest Classic Films: John Wayne - Fort Apache/She Wore a Yellow Ribbon [2 Discs] (DVD) 1948
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Fort Apache
The first of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy", Fort Apache stars John Wayne as captain Kirby York and Henry Fonda as Custer clone Lt. Col. Owen Thursday. Resentful of his loss in rank and transfer to the West after serving gallantly in the Civil War, the vainglorious Thursday insists upon imposing rigid authority on rough-and-tumble Fort Apache. He is particularly anxious to do battle with the local Indians, despite York's admonitions that the trouble around the fort is being fomented not by the so-called savages but by corrupt white Indian agents. Thursday nonetheless ends up in a climactic set-to with Indian chief Cochise. He and his men are needlessly slaughtered, but the Eastern press builds "Thursday's Charge" into an incident of conspicuous valor--and York, ever loyal to the cavalry, is not about to tell the whole truth. The bare bones of Fort Apache's plotline are fleshed out with several subplots, including the romance between Thursday's daughter Philadelphia (Shirley Temple) and Lt. Mickey O'Rourke (John Agar), the son of Fort Apache veteran Sgt. Michael O'Rourke (Ward Bond). There's also plenty of time for the expected drunken-brawl humor of Victor McLaglen. Not in the least politically correct, Fort Apache is a classic of its kind, and together with Rio Grande (1950) the best of the John Ford/John Wayne Cavalry films. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
The second of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy," this film stars John Wayne as Cavalry Captain Nathan Brittles. In his last days before his compulsory retirement, Brittles must face the possibility of a full-scale attack from the Arapahos, fomented by the recent defeat of General Custer and by double-dealing Indian agents. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • John Wayne
    John Wayne - Capt. Kirby York
  • Henry Fonda
    Henry Fonda - Lt. Col. Owen Thursday
  • Shirley Temple
    Shirley Temple - Philadelphia Thursday
  • Ward Bond
    Ward Bond - Sgt. Major O'Rourke
  • John Agar
    John Agar - Lt. Michael "Mickey" O'Rourke

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