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1959

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John Ford's only feature with a Civil War setting (1959), starring John Wayne as a Union colonel leading the cavalry behind Confederate lines and William Holden as the doctor who accompanies him. This isn't considered one of Ford's major works—partly, I suspect, because Holden isn't a very Fordian presence and partly because stories told from the Union perspective rarely come off. The secondary cast includes Constance Towers, Hoot Gibson, and Strother Martin; John Lee Mahin and Martin Rackin signed the script. 119 min.


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Director: John Ford
Cast: John Wayne, William Holden and Constance Towers

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