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John  Ford
[1894-1973]


portrait of director John Ford [1894-1973           short profile

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John Ford's Western movies
John Ford's war movies
John Ford's other movies

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"It is easier to get an actor to be a cowboy than to get a cowboy to be an actor."
— John Ford


     B I O

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John Ford entry at Wikipedia
John Ford's credits [1915-76] at Internet Movie Database


star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  won Oscar for "The Informer" [1935]   won Oscar for "The Grapes of Wrath" [1940]     
won Oscar for "How Green Was My Valley" [1941]   won Oscar for "The Quiet Man" [1952]     
John Ford won four Oscars® for Best Director -
for "The Informer" [1935], for "The Grapes of Wrath" [1940], for
"How Green Was My Valley" [1941], and for "The Quiet Man" [1952]
plus two nominations (1939 & 1952)

He also received
five awards at Venice Film Festival (1934-71)
the D.G.A. Award (1953) & DGA Lifetime Achievement Award (1954)
the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award (1973)
and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


John Ford  Movie  Collections

John Ford Film Collection  "The John Ford Film Collection" [2006]
Warner color DVD [6/2006] 5 disks for $49.99
includes "The Lost Patrol" [1934] starring Victor McLaglen; "The Informer" [1935] starring Victor McLaglen; "Mary of Scotland" [1936] starring Katharine Hepburn; "Sergeant Rutledge" [1960] starring Jeffrey Hunter & Woody Strode; "Cheyenne Autumn" [1964] starring Richard Widmark — plus trailers & other bonus items
John Wayne - John Ford Film Collection  "John Wayne - John Ford Film Collection" [2006]
Warner DVD box set [6/2006] 10 disks for $52.37
includes "Stagecoach" [1939] 2-disk edition, "The Long Voyage Home" [1940], "They Were Expendable"
[1945] with Robert Montgomery & Ward Bond, "Fort Apache" [1948] with Henry Fonda, "3 Godfathers"
[1948] with Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr. & Ward Bond, "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" [1949], "The Searchers" [1956] with Ward Bond & Natalie Wood, "The Wings of Eagles" [1957] with Ward Bond & Maureen O'Hara
— plus documentary short "A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne and The Searchers" [1999]
John Ford's Silent Epics DVD set  "John Ford's Silent Epics Collection" [2007]
Fox b&w silent DVD [12/2007] 5 disks for $44.99
includes "Just Pals" [1920 silent]; "The Iron Horse" [1924 silent] starring George O'Brien; "Three Bad Men"
[1926 silent] starring George O'Brien; "Four Sons" [1928 silent]; and "Hangman's House" [1928 silent] starring Victor McLaglen

"John Ford At Fox" [2007]
John Ford At Fox DVD box set  Fox color DVD box set [12/2007] 21 disks for $239.99
includes 24 films by Ford: "Born Reckless" [1930]; "Doctor Bull" [1933] starring Will Rogers & Vera Allen; "Drums Along The Mohawk" [1939] starring Henry Fonda & Claudette Colbert; "Four Men and A Prayer" [1938] starring David Niven & Loretta Young; "Four Sons" [1928 silent]; John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" [1940] starring Henry Fonda & Jane Darwell; "Hangman's House" [1928 silent] starring Victor McLaglen; Oscar-winner "How Green Was My Valley" [1941]; "The Iron Horse" [1924 silent] starring George O'Brien; "Judge Priest" [1934] starring Will Rogers; "Just Pals" [1920 silent]; "My Darling Clementine" [1946] starring Henry Fonda {as Wyatt Earp}; "Pilgrimage" [1933]; "The Prisoner of Shark Island" [1936] starring Warner Baxter; "Seas Beneath"
[1931] starring George O'Brien; "Steamboat 'Round The Bend" [1935] starring Will Rogers; "Three Bad Men" [1926 silent] starring George O'Brien; "Tobacco Road" [1941] based on the Erskine Caldwell novel; "Up The River" [1930] starring Spencer Tracy & Humphrey Bogart; "Wee Willie Winkie" [1937] starring Victor McLaglen & Shirley Temple; "What Price Glory?" [1952] starring James Cagney; "When Willie Comes Marching Home" [1950] starring Dan Dailey; "The World Moves On" [1934] starring Franchot Tone & Madeleine Carroll; and "Young Mr. Lincoln" [1939] starring Henry Fonda
plus many extras including the feature documentary "Becoming John Ford" [2007]


John Ford's  Western  Movies
John Ford's credits [1915-76] at Internet Movie Database

"Just Pals" [Fox Oct 1920 silent]
full credits from IMDb

"Three Jumps Ahead" [Fox silent March 1923 silent]
Written & directed by John Ford; starring Tom Mix, Alma Bennett, Edward Peil Sr., Joseph W. Girard,
Virginia True Boardman, Margaret Joslin & Francis Ford; video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

"North of Hudson Bay" [Fox Nov 1923]
A cowboy arrives in Canada's Northwest Territories to find that his brother has been killed and the partner in a gold mine
falsely convicted for the murder.
• Directed by John Ford; written by Jules Furthman; starring Tom Mix, Kathleen Key,
Jennie Lee, Frank Campeau, Eugene Pallette, Will Walling, Frank Leigh & Fred Kohler; video/DVD not available;
full credits from IMDb

"The Iron Horse" [Fox Aug 1924 silent]
John Ford silent Iron Horse directed by John Ford, starring George O'Brien  When President Lincoln signs authorization to build a transcontinantal railroad, the chief contractor of one section and his daughter are helped by a childhood friend now riding for the Pony Express mail service. • Directed by John Ford; starring George O'Brien, Madge Bellamy, Charles Edward Bull {as Abe Lincoln}, Cyril Chadwick, Will Walling, George Waggner, Gladys Hulette & Fred Kohler
Fox b&w silent DVD [12/2007] 2 disks for $9.49
full credits from IMDb

"Three Bad Men" [Fox Aug 1926 silent]
Starring George O'Brien; full credits from IMDb

"Stagecoach" [United Artists Feb 1939]
Stagecoach movie directed by John Ford, starring John Wayne   Passengers on a stagecoach – the famous Ringo Kid, a drunken doctor, a pregnant woman, a crooked bank manager & others – learn that Geronimo is on the warpath.
Co-produced & directed by John Ford; script by Dudley Nichols from the short story by Ernest Haycox; starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Louise Platt & Tim Holt; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Art Direction, won Best Music, Best Supporting Actor (Mitchell); listed at National Film Registry 1995
Criterion b&w Blu-ray [5/2010] for $28.99
Warner Video b&w DVD [10/97] out of prodn/many used
Warner Video b&w VHS [6/97] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb
"Stagecoach" [1939] posters at AllPosters [dot] com
John Ford's Stagecoach book edited by Barry Keith Grant  
"John Ford's Stagecoach" [2002]
Edited by Barry Keith Grant

Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [12/2002] for $22.99
"Stagecoach" [1992] critical text by Edward Buscombe
British Film Institute 7½x5½ pb [9/92] for $10.17

"My Darling Clementine" [Fox Dec 1946]
My Darling Clementine movie poster directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda   Greatly-embellished version of the Earps and Clantons in Tombstone, ending with the legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Directed by John Ford; based on Stuart N. Lake's book (above); starring Henry Fonda {as Wyatt Earp}, Victor Mature {as Doc}, Cathy Downs, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Ward Bond, Alan Mowbray, John Ireland, Jane Darwell & Grant Withers; listed at National Film Registry (1991)
Fox b&w DVD [1/2004] for $7.99
Fox b&w VHS [5/99] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" poster available at AllPosters.com
'Readers of The Purple Sage' Wyatt Earp Page

"Fort Apache" [1948]
with John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Pedro Armendáriz, Ward Bond, George O'Brien,
Victor McLaglen & Guy Kibbee

videos/DVDsfull credits from IMDb

"3 Godfathers" [1948]
with John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr. & Ward Bond
full credits from IMDb

"She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" [1949]
starring John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr. & Victor McLaglen
videos/DVDsfull credits from IMDb

"Wagonmaster" [1950]
starring Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond,
Alan Mowbray, Jane Darwell & James Arness

videos/DVDsfull credits from IMDb

basis for the 1950s TV series "Wagon Train": fansite credits for tv series

"Rio Grande" [1950]
starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr., Harry Carey Jr.,
Chill Wills, J. Carrol Naish & Victor McLaglen

full credits from IMDb

"The Searchers" [1956]
with John Wayne, Ward Bond & Natalie Wood; listed at National Film Registry 1989;
listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005) • videos/DVDsfull credits from IMDb

documentary short "A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne and The Searchers" [1999]

"Searchers: The Making of An American Legend" [2/2013] by Glenn Frankel /1608191052/ + /B009SJZI60/

"The Horse Soldiers" [1959]
starring John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt, Hoot Gibson, Ken Curtis,
Hank Worden, Chuck Hayward, Denver Pyle & Strother Martin; full credits from IMDb

"Sergeant Rutledge" [1960]
starring Jeffrey Hunter & Woody Strode
full credits from IMDb

"Two Rode Together" [1961]
based on the Will Cook novel; starring James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal,
Andy Devine, John McIntire, Harry Carey Jr. & Ken Curtis; full credits from IMDb

"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" [1962]
based on a Dorothy M. Johnson story; starring John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond
O'Brien, Andy Devine, Ken Murray, John Carradine, Jeanette Nolan, Woody Strode, Denver Pyle & Strother Martin
videos/DVDsfull credits from IMDb

"How The West Was Won" [MGM/Cinerama Feb 1963]
How The West Was Won movie co-directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall & Richard Thorpe  
How The West Was Won novelization by Louis L'Amour  
Co-directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall & Richard Thorpe; starring Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda, Karl Malden, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Robert Preston, Harry Dean Stanton, James Stewart, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, John Wayne & Richard Widmark; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Music, Best Cos- tumes, won Oscars for Best Script, Best Editing, Best Sound; listed at National Film Registry 1997
Warner Home Video Ultimate Collector's Edition DVD [9/2008] 3 disks for $19.99
Warner Home Video color DVD [5/2007] out of prodn/used
Warner letterbox color DVD [7/98] for $12.99
Warner color VHS [5/2000] for $14.95
Warner widescreen color VHS [5/2000] for $14.95
Rhino soundtrack double CD [1/97] for $30.38
full credits from IMDb
11"x17" poster available at AllPosters [dot] com
Novelization by Louis L'Amour [1963]
Bantam pb [6/81] out of print/used

"Cheyenne Autumn" [Warner Oct 1964]
Cheyenne Autumn movie poster directed by John Ford, starring Richard Widmark & James Stewart  A starving band of relocated Cheyenne Indians decides to trek 1,500 miles back to their homeland; the U.S. Army officer sent to force them back to the reservation learns to respect them, and decides to help them. • Co-produced & directed by John Ford; script by James R. Webb, adapted from two books; Oscar nom for Best Color Cinematography (filmed in Technicolor™ & Super Panavision 70™); starring Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Sal Mineo, Dolores del Rio, Ricardo Montalban, Gilbert Roland, Arthur Kennedy {as Doc Holliday}, Patrick Wayne, Elizabeth Allen, John Carradine, Victor Jory, Mike Mazurki, George O'Brien, Sean McClory, Judson Pratt, Carmen D'Antonio, Ken Curtis, James Stewart {as Wyatt Earp}, Edward G. Robinson, Harry Carey Jr., Denver Pyle, Ben Johnson & Mae Marsh; won Western Heritage Bronze Wrangler Award in 1975
The Souix Indian warriors were portrayed mostly by Navajo Indians from the Monument Valley location; they were asked to speak in their language for certain scenes, to make up the dialogue; the joke is that an accurate translation shows them making fun of the 'bluecoat' officers' genitalia.
Warner widescreen color DVD [2/2007] for $17.99
Warner color VHS [7/94] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Cheyenne Autumn novel by Mari Sandoz   "Cheyenne Autumn" [McGraw-Hill 1953] by Mari Sandoz [1896-1966]
A proud band of relocated Northern Cheyenne leaves the Indian Territory (Oklahoma)
in 1878 to return to their ancestral homeland in Yellowstone, a trek of 1,500 miles.

Bison Books 8x5 2nd edition pb [10/2005] for $13.22
Bison Books 8x5¼ pb [2/92] for $12.71
Tandem Library 8¼x5½ hardcover [10/99] for $24.55
"The Last Frontier" [1941] by Howard Fast
M.E. Sharpe/North Castle 9x6 pb [2/97] for $23.95


John Ford's  War  Movies
John Ford's credits [1915-76] at Internet Movie Database

"Four Sons" [Fox Feb 1928 silent]
full credits from IMDb

"The Black Watch" aka "King of The Khyber Rifles" [Fox May 1929]
Starring Victor McLaglen & Myrna Loy; full credits from IMDb

"Seas Beneath" [Fox Jan 1931]
Starring George O'Brien; full credits from IMDb

"Pilgrimage" [Fox July 1933]
full credits from IMDb

"The Lost Patrol" [R.K.O. Feb 1934]
starring Victor McLaglen; full credits from IMDb

"Wee Willie Winkie" [Fox July 1937]
based on the Rudyard Kipling story; starring Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen & C. Aubrey Smith
full credits from IMDb

"Submarine Patrol" [Fox Nov 1938]
Submarine Patrol movie directed by John Ford  A naval officer is demoted for negligence and put in command of a run-down submarine chaser and with a motley crew. Directed by John Ford; co-written by William Faulkner; starring Richard Greene, Nancy Kelly, Preston Foster, George Bancroft, Slim Summerville, Elisha Cook Jr., John Carradine, 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom & Ward Bond
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

"Drums Along The Mohawk" [Fox Nov 1939]
Directed by John Ford; starring Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, Edna May Oliver, John Carradine & Arthur Shields
full credits from IMDb

"The Battle of Midway" [U.S. Navy 1942 documentary short]
film won Oscar for Best Documentary Short
full credits from IMDb

"December 7th" [U.S. Navy 1943 documentary short]
film won Oscar for Best Documentary Short
full credits from IMDb

"They Were Expendable" [M.G.M. Dec 1945]
with John Wayne, Robert Montgomery & Ward Bond
full credits from IMDb

"When Willie Comes Marching Home" [Fox Feb 1950]
Starring Dan Dailey; full credits from IMDb

"What Price Glory?" [Fox Aug 1952]
Starring James Cagney; full credits from IMDb

"Mister Roberts" [Warner Bros. July 1955]
based on the 1948 Broadway play by Joshua Logan & Thomas Heggen; starring Henry Fonda, James Cagney,
William Powell, Jack Lemmon, Ward Bond, Philip Carey, Nick Adams, Perry Lopez, Ken Curtis, Robert Roark,
Harry Carey Jr. & Duke Kahanamoku; full credits at IMDb

"The Wings of Eagles" [M.G.M. Feb 1957]
with John Wayne, Ward Bond & Maureen O'Hara; full credits at IMDb


John Ford's  Other  Movies
John Ford's credits [1915-76] at Internet Movie Database

"Upstream" silent comedy feature [Fox Jan 1927]
Long considered lost, nitrate print discovered in New Zealand in 2010
& restored at Fox in USA; full credits from IMDb

"Hangman's House" [Fox May 1928 silent]
Starring Victor McLaglen; full credits from IMDb

"Born Reckless" [Fox May 1930]
full credits from IMDb

"Up The River" [Fox Oct 1930]
Starring Spencer Tracy & Humphrey Bogart; full credits from IMDb

"Arrowsmith"
[Samuel Goldwyn/United Artists Dec 1931]
Directed by John Ford; based on the 1923 Sinclair Lewis novel; starring Ronald Colman,
Helen Hayes, Richard Bennett, A.E. Anson, Clarence Brooks & Myrna Loy; Oscar nominations
for Best Picture, Best Script/Adaptation, Best Cinematography & Best Art Direction
full credits from IMDb

"Doctor Bull" [Fox Sept 1933]
Starring Will Rogers & Vera Allen; full credits from IMDb

"The World Moves On" [Fox June 1934]
Starring Franchot Tone & Madeleine Carroll; full credits from IMDb

"Judge Priest" [Fox Sept 1934]
Starring Will Rogers; full credits from IMDb

"The Whole Town's Talking" [Columbia Feb 1935]
Co-produced & directed by John Ford; based on the story "Jail Breaker" by W.R. Burnett [1899-1982]; starring Edward G. Robinson {dual role}, Jean Arthur & Arthur Hohl; full credits from IMDb

     "The Informer" [R.K.O. May 1935]
considered by many to be the Best Film of All Time - until "Citizen Kane" in 1941
starring Victor McLaglen; full credits from IMDb

"Steamboat Round The Bend" [Fox Sept 1935]
Starring Will Rogers; full credits from IMDb

"The Prisoner of Shark Island" [Fox Feb 1936]
Starring Warner Baxter; full credits from IMDb

"Mary of Scotland" [R.K.O. July 1936]
starring Katharine Hepburn; full credits from IMDb

"Four Men and A Prayer" [Fox April 1938]
Starring David Niven & Loretta Young; full credits from IMDb

"Young Mr. Lincoln" [Fox June 1939]
Directed by John Ford; script by Lamar Trotti; starring Henry Fonda {as Abe}, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver,
Arleen Whelan, Eddie Collins, Pauline Moore, Richard Cromwell, Donald Meek, Judith Dickens, Eddie Quillan, Milburn
Stone, Spencer Charters & Ward Bond; Oscar nomination for Best Original Script; listed on National Film Registry (2003)
full credits from IMDb

"The Grapes of Wrath" [Fox Jan 1940]
John Ford won the Oscar for Best Director    
When America was devastated by the 'Dust Bowl' drought, many farmers lost their land, and many of them migrated to California. Steinbeck's epic novel revealed to the world the plight of a family of 'Okies' (from Oklahoma), and caused society to make changes in 'The System'. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for The Novel, and is listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005).
John Ford's movie remains an unforgettable experience even 70 years later.

Grapes of Wrath movie directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda  Directed by John Ford; based on the novel by John Steinbeck [1902-68], script by Nunnally Johnson; starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin & Dorris Bowdon; won Oscars for Best Director & Best Supporting Actress (Darwell), nominated for Best Picture, Best Script, Best Actor (Fonda), Best Editing, Best Sound; listed in National Film Registry 1989
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
date of Blu-ray release not known
Fox/MGM 'Ford At Fox Edition' b&w DVD [12/2007] for $17.99
Fox b&w DVD [4/2004] for $10.99
extras on both DVDs include Darryl F. Zanuck docufilm from A&E Biography; F.D.R. segment & three 1934 drought segments from Movietone News; still gallery, trailers & outtakes
Fox b&w VHS [10/99] for $13.99

Grapes of Wrath 1939 novel by John Steinbeck  "Grapes of Wrath" novel [Viking April 1939] by John Steinbeck
Kindle Edition from Penguin Publng [2006 edition] for $12.99
Penguin 8¼x5¾ pb [1/2002] for $11.03
Bantam mass pb [1964] out of print/used
Penguin 7½x5 library hardcover [3/2006] for $20.59
Penguin UNABR audio [10/98] 12 tapes read by Dylan Baker - out of prodn/used
book entry at Wikipedia

more details (synopsis, docufilms, posters, books, links) on
Magic Lantern's "The Grapes of Wrath" 1940 Movie Page

"The Long Voyage Home"
[Walter Wanger/United Artists Nov 1940]
Produced & directed by John Ford; script by Dudley Nichols, based on stage plays by Eugene O'Neill; cinematography
by Gregg Toland; starring John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Barry Fitzgerald, Wilfrid Lawson, John Qualen, Mildred Natwick
& Ward Bond; Oscar noms for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Editing,
Best Special Effects, Best Original Score; full credits from IMDb

Darryl Zanuck won the Oscar for Best Picture     John Ford won the Oscar for Best Director     "How Green Was My Valley" [Fox Oct 1941]
Starring Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp & Roddy McDowall; won Oscars for Best Picture,
Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (DC), Best Supporting Actress (Sara Allgood), Best B&W
Cinematography, Best Art Direction • full credits from IMDb

"Tobacco Road" [Fox Feb 1941]
based on the Erskine Caldwell novel; full credits from IMDb

"The Fugitive" [Argosy/R.K.O. Nov 1947]
based on a Graham Greene novel; starring Henry Fonda, Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz,
J. Carrol Naish, Leo Carrillo & Ward Bond; full credits from IMDb

"The Quiet Man" [Argosy/Republic July 1952]
John Ford won Oscar for Best Director    The Quiet Man movie by John Ford, starring John Wayne  starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen & Mildred Natwick; won Oscars for Best Director and for Best Color Cinematography
full credits from IMDb
"The Quiet Man" posters available at AllPosters.com
Dead Republic novel by Roddy Doyle  "The Dead Republic: A Novel" [2010] by Roddy Doyle
Third novel of a trilogy; in the first section, former I.R.A. assassin Henry Smart learns that John Ford is making a movie of Smart's life and returns to Dublin to advise Ford.
Viking 9¼x6½ hardcover [4/2010] for $17.79
book entry at Wikipedia

early masterpiece "The Sun Shines Bright" [1953]
Directed by John Ford; script by Laurence Stallings, based on three short stories of Irvin S. Cobb
full credits from IMDb

"Mogambo" [M.G.M. Oct 1953]
remake of Gable's "Red Dust" [1932]; starring Clark Gable, Grace Kelly & Ava Gardner; full credits from IMDb

"Screen Directors Playhouse: Rookie of The Year" [NBC-TV Dec 1955]
Co-produced by Hal Roach & Hal Roach, Jr.; directed by John Ford; written by Frank S. Nugent, based on a story
by W.R. Burnett; starring John Wayne, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, James Gleason & Patrick Wayne;
video/DVD not available; episode credits at IMDb

"Gideon's Day" aka "Gideon of Scotland Yard" [Columbia U.K. March 1958]
based on the novel by J.J. Marric [aka John Creasey]; starring Jack Hawkins, Anna Lee, Dianne Foster,
Cyril Cusack & Laurence Naismith; full credits from IMDb

"The Last Hurrah" [Columbia Oct 1958]
The Last Hurrah movie directed by John Ford, starring Spencer Tracy,    An aging, gentlemanly politician tries for re-election one more time, with an uphill battle against ethnic hatred and campaign financing, and the new factor of television campaigning.
Directed by John Ford; starring Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster, Pat O'Brien, Basil Rathbone, Donald Crisp, James Gleason, Edward Brophy & John Carradine
Sony b&w DVD [10/99] for $24.88
Sony b&w VHS [6/94] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
The Last Hurrah novel  
based on the 1956 novel by Edwin O'Connor [1918-68]
Back Bay Books 8x5½ pb [7/85] out of print/used
Amereon hardcover [7/2001] out of print/used

"Donovan's Reef" [Paramount June 1963]
starring John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Elizabeth Allen, Jack Warden, Cesar Romero,
Dorothy Lamour, Marcel Dalio & Mike Mazurki; full credits from IMDb


Books  About  John Ford

Five Came Back / Hollywood & the Second World War book by Mark Harris  "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and The Second World War - John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler, Frank Capra" [2014] by Mark Harris
Kindle Edition from Penguin Group [2/2014] for $11.99
Penguin Press 9¼x6 hardcover [2/2014] for $20.18
John Ford Stock Company book by Bill Levy  "Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company" [2013] by Bill Levy
Book spotlights 112 members of movie director John Ford's fluid repertory company and includes a mini-chapter on each member of the troupe
Kindle Edition from BearManor Media [4/2013] for $9.95
BearManor Media 9x6 pb [2/2013] for $19.95
BearManor Media 9x6 hardcover [2/2013] for $29.95

author's official weblog

American Classic Screen Features book edited by John C. Tibbetts & James M. Welsh  "American Classic Screen: Features" [2010]
Edited by John C. Tibbetts & James M. Welsh, Foreword by Gene D. Phillips

Scarecrow Press 9x6 pb [11/2010] for $50.00
American Classic Screen Magazine [1976-86] was published by The National Film Society; these exclusive articles have long been difficult or impossible to access, but are now collected by editors Tibbetts & Welsh; the Feature Article topics include: King Vidor's "The Big Parade" [1925], D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of A Nation" [1915], Orson Welles's "Citizen Kane" [1941], , Olivia De Havilland, Walt Disney's unfinished projects, John Ford, "The Jazz Singer" [1927], "King Kong" [1933], Stanley Kubrick & Marilyn Monroe

Horizons West, Directing the Western book by Jim Kitses  "Horizons West: Directing The Western From John Ford To Clint
Eastwood" [2008] by Jim Kitses

examining Western directors Budd Boetticher, Clint Eastwood, John Ford, Sergio Leone, Anthony Mann & Sam Peckinpah [1925-84]
British Film Institute 9x6 pb [1/2008] for $27.85
British Film Institute 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/2008] for $85.95
Music in the Westerns of John Ford by Kathryn Kalinak   "How The West Was Sung: Music In The Westerns of John Ford"
[2007] by Kathryn Kalinak

Univ CA Press 9x6 pb [9/2007] for $27.95
Univ CA Press 9x6 hardcover [9/2007] for $65.00
John Ford & The American West book by Peter Cowie  "John Ford and The American West" [2004]
by Peter Cowie

Harry N. Abrams 10¼x9½ hardcover [11/2004] for $30.60
Searching For John Ford bio by Joseph McBride  "Searching For John Ford: A Life" [2001]
by Joseph McBride

St. Martin/Griffin 9¼x6¼ pb [4/2003] out of print/used
St. Martin 9½x6½ hardcover [6/2001] out of print/used
John Ford Made Westerns book edited by Gaylyn Studlar & Matthew Bernstein  "John Ford Made Westerns: Filming The Legend In The Sound Era"
[2001] Edited by Gaylyn Studlar & Matthew Bernstein

Indiana Univ Press 9¼x6¼ pb [4/2001] for $19.95
Indiana Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [4/2001] for $39.95
Print The Legend John Ford bio by Scott Eyman  "Print The Legend: The Life & Times of John Ford" [1999]
by Scott Eyman

Johns Hopkins Univ Press 9¼x6¼ pb [4/2001] out of print/used
S&S 9½x6½ hardcover [11/99] out of print/used
Hollywood Renaissance / Cinema of Democracy book by Sam B. Girgus  "Hollywood Renaissance: The Cinema of Democracy In The Era of Ford, Capra & Kazan" [1998] by Sam B. Girgus
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [8/98] for $29.99
Cambridge Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [8/98] out of print/used

see also Magic Lantern's Frank Capra [1897-1991] Page
see also Magic Lantern's Elia Kazan [1909-2003] Page

John Ford The Man & His Films bio by Tag Gallagher  
"John Ford: The Man & His Films" [1986]
by Tag Gallagher

Univ CA Press 9¼x6 pb [4/88] for $24.95
Univ CA Press 9½x6¾ hardcover [1/86] out of print/used
About John Ford book by movie director Lindsay Anderson  "About John Ford" [1983]
by movie director Lindsay Anderson

Plexus Publng 9¾x7¼ pb [10/99] for $19.95
Plexus Publng 10x7¾ hardcover [9/94] out of print/used
publisher book page
John Ford bio by Dan Ford  "Pappy: The Life of John Ford" [1983] by {grandson} Dan Ford
Da Capo Press 9x6 pb [9/98] for $17.95
Prentice Hall hardcover [10/83] out of print/many used
"The Unquiet Man: The Life of John Ford" [1982] by Dan Ford
William Kimber & Co. hardcover [11/82] out of print/rare

"John Ford" [1979] by Andrew Sinclair
HarperCollins pb [10/85] out of print/rare
Dial Press hardcover [1/79] out of print/used

John Ford bio by Bogdanovich  "John Ford" [1968]
by Peter Bogdanovich

Univ CA Press 7x6¼ pb [revised 6/78] for $18.95


Movies  About  John Ford

Becoming John Ford documentary film directed by Nick Redman  "Becoming John Ford: Tracing The Career of The Director Who Defined American Cinema" [Fox Dec 2007]
Co-produced & directed by Nick Redman; co-produced & written by Julie Kirgo;
interviewees include Rudy Behlmer, Peter Fonda, Tom Mankiewicz & Joseph McBride
Fox color DVD [12/2007] for $13.49
full credits at IMDb
John Ford Goes to War documentary film directed by Tom Thurman  "John Ford Goes To War" [Starz! 2002]
Directed by Tom Thurman
Image Ent. color DVD [12/2005] for $17.99
full credits at IMDb
A.F.I. Lifetime Achievement Award - John Ford  "American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award 1973: John Ford"
Worldvision/Republic color VHS [2/98] out of prodn/used
show credits from IMDb
The American West of John Ford documentary film directed by Denis Sanders  "The American West of John Ford" [CBS TV docu Dec 1971]
Directed by Denis Sanders
Direct Source color VHS [6/99] out of prodn/scarce
full credits at IMDb
Directed by John Ford documentary from A.F.I. 1971 & T.C.M. 2006   "Directed by John Ford" documentary [American Film Institute/T.C.M. 1971]
Restored by Turner Classic Movies for 2006 release; written & directed by Peter Bogdanovich; narrated by Orson Welles
Warner Home Video color DVD [9/2009] for $17.49  
full credits at IMDb

Family  &  Friends
John Ford was born in 1894 in Maine; he died at age 79 at Palm Desert California in 1973.

wife Mary McBride Smith Ford [1895-1979], married in 1920, widowed in 1973
son Patrick Michael Roper Ford [1921-1979]
grandson & biographer Dan Ford
daughter Barbara Nugent Ford Walker Curtis [1922-85]
son-in-law actor Robert Walker [1918-51], married July-Sept 1948
Ken Curtis [1916-91], married 1952-1964

John Ford's  Stock  Company
They usually met on Sunday evenings at John Ford's ranch in the San Fernando Valley.
John Ford's older brother & actor Francis Ford [1881-1953]
Ward Bond [1903-60]   ••    Harry Carey, Jr. [1921-2012]
son-in-law Ken Curtis [1916-91]   ••    Ben Johnson [1918-96]
Lee Marvin [1924-87]   ••    Victor McLaglen [1886-1959]
John Wayne [1907-79]   ••    Chill Wills [1903-78]
Grant Withers [1904-59]

Others frequently hired included:
John Ford's older brother & assistant director Edward O'Fearna [1989-1969]
Frank Baker [1892-1980]
Jane Darwell [1879-1967]
Henry Fonda [1905-82]
Anna Lee
Strother Martin [1919-80]
Maureen O'Hara
stuntman-actor Woody Strode [1914-94]
Hank Worden [1901-92]

L i n k s
John Ford entry at Wikipedia
John Ford's credits [1915-76] at Internet Movie Database

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John Ford Westerns on VHS at Amazon
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all John Ford movie posters at AllPosters.com



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