Sunday Seconds with the Duke

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

Episode #40

RKO Radio Pictures released She Wore a Yellow Ribbon to theaters on October 22, 1949. John Ford directed the film starring John Wayne, Joanne Dru, and John Agar.

‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon’ Movie Summary

In 1949’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, the US Cavalry assigns Captain Nathan Cutting Brittles one last mission before his retirement. He must lead his troops against Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors inspired from George Armstrong Custer’s defeat at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

In addition, Capt. Brittles’ commanding officer, Major Mac Allshard, hampers the patrol when he orders the Captain to deliver his wife, Abby, and niece, Olivia Dandridge to a stagecoach in Sutross Wells.

In the middle of this melee, 1st Lt. Flint Cohill and 2nd Lt. Ross Pennell compete for the affections of Olivia who wears a yellow ribbon in her hair; a sign in the US Calvary that she is fond of one of their officers.

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  1. I’m such a nerd, I knew Samson and Delilah was #1 in 1949. I would always guess a biblical movie was #1 for any random year around that time, they were the superhero movies of the time. Great to have a classic John Wayne film reviewed since you’ve done so many of the low budget early 30s Wayne recently

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