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Four-Star Films : 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon'

May 19, 1996|Kevin Thomas

Based upon stories by James Warner Bellah, all three films of John Ford's fabled Cavalry Trilogy--"Fort Apache" (1948), "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" (1949) and "Rio Grande" (1950)--are masterful, enduring achievements, classic westerns filmed in Ford's beloved Monument Valley. They have superbly staged battle sequences, an endearing swatch of rowdy Irish humor and sentimentality, and eloquently express Ford's enduring concern with gallant behavior and human dignity. As splendid as John Wayne is in these films, the elegiac "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" provides him with one of his finest roles. Like any Ford film, this one boasts a stellar supporting cast, including Joanne Dru and John Agar (pictured) (TNT Sunday at 3 p.m.).

Other four-star films airing this week:It Happened One Night Cinemax, Monday, 6:30 a.m.MASH Showtime, Monday, 6 p.m.

Shadow of a Doubt Disney, early Tuesday, 1 a.m.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Cinemax, Tuesday, noon.

Anatomy of a Murder Cinemax, Thursday, noon.

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) AMC, Saturday, 6 a.m.

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