Wagon Master

Wagon Master

Ben Johnson
Director: John Ford Cast: Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson
, Harry Carey Jr.
Harry Carey Jr.
, Ward Bond
Ward Bond
John Ford


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Wagon Master, splendidly directed by John Ford, is a superlative western. The film is the outwardly simple tale of a Mormon wagon train headed for Utah. Along the way, the group, led by Elder Wiggs (Ward Bond) hook up with two horse traders Travis Blue (Ben Johnson) and Sandy Owens (Harry Carey Jr), the members of a traveling medicine show and a tribe of Navajo Indians. The group is threatened by a gang, known as the Clegg family, who have robbed an express office and murdered the clerk. This wonderful film emphasizes the virtues of solidarity, sacrifice and tolerance, and shows John Ford at his most masterful, in total control of the production from the casting to the bit players to the grandeur and scope of the visual compositions. The film, with its breathtaking scenery, brilliant performances by a cast of character actors, and an engaging sense of humor, is a superlative example of the American western. Wagonmaster inspired the television series Wagon Train and was also shown in a computer-colorized version

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
UPC: 0883929082179
Original Release: 1950
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 8,962

Special Features

Commentary by Harry Carey Jr. and Peter Bogdanovich with John Ford

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Johnson Travis Blue
Harry Carey Sandy Owens
Ward Bond Elder Wiggs
Joanne Dru Denver
Charles Kemper Uncle Shiloh Clegg
Jane Darwell Sister Ledeyard
Alan Mowbray Dr. A. Locksley Hall
Russell Simpson Adam Perkins
Ruth Clifford Fleuretty Phyffe
Kathleen O'Malley Prudence Perkins
Francis Ford Mr. Peachtree
Don Summers Sam Jenkins
Cliff Lyons Marshal
Fred Libby Reese Clegg
Mickey Simpson Jesse Clegg
Hank Worden Luke Clegg
James Arness Floyd Clegg
Maria [Movita] Castaneda Young Navajo Girl
Jim Thorpe Navajo
Chuck Hayward Jackson

Technical Credits
John Ford Director,Producer
James Basevi Art Director
Jack Caffee Special Effects
Merian C. Cooper Producer
Lowell J. Farrell Associate Producer
Patrick Ford Screenwriter
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Richard Hageman Score Composer
Wes Jeffries Costumes/Costume Designer
Stan Jones Songwriter
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Jack Murray Editor
Frank S. Nugent Screenwriter
Adele Parmenter Costumes/Costume Designer
Sons of the Pioneers Songwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wagon Master
1. Prologue and Credits [2:58]
2. Horse-Trade Horseplay [3:12]
3. Elder's Gamble [5:23]
4. Wagons West [6:12]
5. Fellow Travelers [6:28]
6. Brawlers and Admirers [5:21]
7. River Yonder [5:26]
8. Chuckawalla Swing [3:40]
9. Come the Cleggs [3:56]
10. Ain't Likely to Look [3:12]
11. Quicksand and Other Fears [4:11]
12. Navajo compliments [4:45]
13. Subject to the Whip [4:24]
14. Travis Goes Courting [3:24]
15. Takeover [4:46]
16. Passing Posso [4:54]
17. When's Your Move? [3:41]
18. Path Across the Mesa [4:16]
19. Taking Care of Snakes [2:27]
20. Promised Land Medley [2:45]

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