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Wagon Master / Wagonmaster

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  Wagon Master  / Wagonmaster Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
6.90 /10
Ben Johnson (pictured left), Joanne Dru (pictured right), Harry Carey Jr (pictured centre)
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Directed by: John Ford
Written by: Frank S. Nugent, Patrick Ford

Released: 1950
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 86

An odd assortment of people, including a convoy of Mormons, travels west in pioneering days.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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No film illustrates better Ford's vision of America as a collection of nationalities, religions and interests coming together to form a common civilization. The plot is episodic, the characters are simple, and there's no John Wayne; but the film has an epic sweep which makes it one of the great westerns. The fine camerawork is by Bert Glennon. The movie inspired the long-running TV series, Wagon Train.

"Along with The Fugitive (1947) and The Sun Shines Bright (1953), I think Wagonmaster came closest to being what I had wanted to achieve."

(John Ford)

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