Sunday, October 19, 2008

"That'll Be The Day . . .

I love many of John Ford's films. I've already posted a clip from his masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath, now I'm posting clip from another favorite Ford film, The Searchers. John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a bigoted Civil War vet searching for his niece that has been kidnapped by a band of "Comanches". As with most of Ford's westerns, this one was filmed in Monument Valley in Southern Utah. Also, Ethan Edwards coined the phrase "That'll Be The Day!" that would ultimately become a title to a huge Buddy Holly song. The linked scene establishes Ethan's prejudices toward Native Americans but it also highlights his desire to avenge the murder of his brother's family. As far as acting is concerned, this is Wayne's best film in my opinion.

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