Wagon Master

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Wagon Master is a 1950 Western film about a Mormon pioneer wagon train to the San Juan River in Utah. The film was conceived, produced, and directed by John Ford, who is often listed among the greatest film directors. The film stars Ben Johnson, Harry... read more
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Wagon Master is a 1950 Western film about a Mormon pioneer wagon train to the San Juan River in Utah. The film was conceived, produced, and directed by John Ford, who is often listed among the greatest film directors. The film stars Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., Joanne Dru, and Ward Bond. Wagon Master inspired the US television series Wagon Train (1957–1965), which starred Ward Bond until his death in 1960. The film was a personal favorite of Ford himself, who told Peter Bogdanovich in 1967 that "Along with The Fugitive and The Sun Shines Bright, Wagon Master came closest to being what I wanted to achieve." While the critical and audience response to Wagon Master was lukewarm on its release, over the years several critics have come to view it as one of Ford's masterpieces.

Original Release

04/22/1950

US Release

04/22/1950

Cast

Ben Johnson Travis Blue
Joanne Dru Denver
Harry Carey Jr. Sandy
Ward Bond Elder Wiggs
Charles Kemper Uncle Shiloh Clegg
Alan Mowbray Dr. A. Locksley Hall
Jane Darwell Sister Ledyard
Ruth Clifford Fleuretty Phyffe
Russell Simpson Adam Perkins
Kathleen O'Malley Prudence Perkins
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Ford

Writers

Frank S. Nugent, Patrick Ford, John Ford

Cast

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

Producers

Merian C. Cooper Executive Producer
John Ford Executive Producer
Lowell J. Farrell Producer

Editors

Jack Murray, Barbara Ford

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