The Searchers (1956)
Above – Ward Bond, John Wayne and Dorothy Jordan in the greatest single scene to be found in any Western film. In less than a minute, it says more than most movies say in two hours. Without a word being spoken Ward Bond looks ahead as John Wayne and Dorothy Jordan embrace although he fully senses the deep feelings they have for each other. This short sequence is one of the most brilliantly understated scenes I have ever seen in films – and very memorable it is to this day. I do know that I came to admire Ward Bond as an actor because of this.
It is of course a scene from John Ford’s The Searchers (1956), a film that has been written about so much.
Here below isthat now famous brief scene:-
It is the greatest (Western) film ever made was shown very recently at The Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90403.
If any of the readers of this Blog went, it would be great to hear their views on the film and the night.
This is a book that should be interesting, The Searchers: Making Of An American Legend by Glenn Frankel. It covers the connection between an actual abduction case (Cynthia Ann Parker was taken by the Comanches when she was nine), Alan LeMay’s novel and, of course, what it often held up as the greatest Western ever made, John Ford’s The Searchers (1956).
Glenn Frankel the author signed copies of his book at the special film night for The Searchers in Santa Monica recently.