John Ford

The Source - April 29, 2014
11:28 am
Tue April 29, 2014

The Source: John Wayne Biography Casts New Light On Popular Actor

John Wayne was born in the tiny farm community of Winterset, Iowa, as Marion Morrison. Little did the sleepy town know that his star would shine for 50 years and nearly 200 films.

A new biography of the actor, "John Wayne: The Life and Legend," takes us inside his life, his work, and his controversial causes.

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Movies
10:36 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

The Texas History Behind John Ford's "The Searchers"

Cynthia Ann Parker, c. 1860 or 1861.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

John Ford's 1956 film "The Searchers" is one of the finest of the great director's career. And with its overtones of racism, it's also one of his most complicated. In the movie, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) goes on a years-long quest to find his niece, Debbie, who has been abducted by Comanche Indians. As the search drags on, his hatred for the Comanche intensifies, and by the time he finds Debbie (Natalie Wood), fully integrated into the Comanche Nation, he doesn't know whether to save her or kill her.

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