Watch: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949 123movies, Full Movie Online – After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he’s also required to take along Abby Allshard, wife of the Fort’s commanding officer, and her niece, the pretty Olivia Dandridge, who are being evacuated for their own safety. Brittles is only a few days away from retirement and Olivia has caught the eye of two of the young officers in the Company, Lt. Flint Cohill and 2nd Lt. Ross Pennell. She’s taken to wearing a yellow ribbon in her hair, a sign that she has a beau in the Cavalry, but refuses to say for whom she is wearing it..
Plot: After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he’s also required to take along Abby Allshard, wife of the Fort’s commanding officer, and her niece, the pretty Olivia Dandridge, who are being evacuated for their own safety. Brittles is only a few days away from retirement and Olivia has caught the eye of two of the young officers in the Company, Lt. Flint Cohill and 2nd Lt. Ross Pennell. She’s taken to wearing a yellow ribbon in her hair, a sign that she has a beau in the Cavalry, but refuses to say for whom she is wearing it.
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An American classic by John Ford and John Wayne
This film is the second entry in John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy” and may be the best of the three with John Wayne’s performance being one of the best of his career. The picture is an ode to the U.S. cavalry in the wake of the Custer debacle with the threat of more Indian uprisings on the frontier. Wayne’s escort patrol is the film’s focal point which also has an on-going romantic squabble between two young officers and a woman which explains the movie’s title. The wonderful lensing captures the natural beauty of Monument Valley, and the scenes of the patrol crossing the wide expanses during a thunderstorm with lightning streaks against the dark clouds are among the picture’s best moments. Ben Johnson stands out as an ex-Confederate soldier and point man and other Ford stock regulars such as Harry Carey Jr. and John Agar have supporting roles.
A gorgeous and meandering film that just screams “QUALITY”
SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON won an Oscar for Cinematography and this certainly does not come as any surprise, as it is perhaps the most beautifully filmed movie I have ever seen. I really wish I had been able to see it on the big screen because it was just breath-takingly filmed–with very, very intense and vivid colors–both in the skies and the uniforms. I don’t know exactly how John Ford managed it, but these outdoor scenes shot on location were just perfect. He was either very, very lucky (and I doubt that) or the film shows that he was a genius at color (and based on his other color films, I can sure believe it). In fact, I think the color system he used in this film was better than the colors we see today. Today’s Technicolor might be more realistic, but the print for this film is almost better than real life!! It evokes a certain beauty and nostalgia that make it the real star of this film.
Another major standout in this film was John Wayne. While many of his films are just ordinary performances he could do practically in his sleep, this film and the other John Ford cavalry films (FORT APACHE and RIO GRANDE) were wonderful characterizations for Wayne. They provided him MUCH more depth and more than just the tough-guy persona. In this film, he is a much older character–in his mid-50s and about to retire. And, as a result, he’s a truly manly character but in a much subtler and sophisticated way. Sure, he’s very brave, but he thinks and behaves the way we would really want a man to behave–not blustery and macho, but decent, patient and thinking as well as tough. Again and again throughout this film, Wayne’s character COULD have responded by punching or shooting, but chose a wiser and more measured response–totally unlike the stereotypical Wayne character. Heck, this character didn’t even drink alcohol!!! Along with Wayne’s perfect performance, the film was bolstered by wonderful performances by the usual Ford/Wayne ensemble cast. John Agar (often maligned as “just Shirley Temple’s first husband”) was wonderful in the film, as were Harry Carey, Jr. and the rest. Probably the best of the supporting actors in the film was Ben Johnson, though Mildred Natwick and all the others sure did themselves proud as well.
The plot itself was pretty simple–like an episode of life in the West instead of a huge spectacle. And, the way the Indian war was brilliantly averted without massive bloodshed was,….brilliant! But the plot isn’t why this movie scores a 9. This film is yet another example of just how wonderful and practically perfect a John Ford and John Wayne film could be. My advice to you is find and watch them all–from THEY WERE EXPENDABLE to THE QUIET MAN to this cavalry trilogy. Wonderful direction, writing, acting and filming–it just doesn’t get much better than this.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min), 1 hr 30 min (90 min) (West Germany)
Director John Ford
Writer James Warner Bellah, Frank S. Nugent, Laurence Stallings
Actors John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar
Country United States
Awards Won 1 Oscar. 1 win & 1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera Mitchell BNC, Mitchell NC
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 2,840 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm