Dir. John Ford. 1948, 125 mins. 35mm print. With Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Shirley Temple. The first film in Ford’s “cavalry trilogy” (along with She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Rio Grande) depicts the Custer-like travails of Thursday, a rigid West Point officer who tries to take command of a desert outpost town and tragically mishandles several clashes with the Native American population. Shirley Temple gives one of her finest post-childhood performances as Thursday’s lovely daughter.
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