Two Rode Together 1961

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One of director John Ford's least characteristic films, it derives from the latter part of his career, when the director's belief in the myth of the West had faded, and he was beset by failing health and personal problems. In the cynicism of its humor, the director seems be to taking a page from the work of his friend Howard Hawks. James Stewart stars as Guthrie McCabe, the marshal of a Texas town who spends most of his time in front of the local saloon, where he gets 10 percent of the action, in addition to favors from its owner, Belle Aragon Anelle Hayes. Based on his knowledge of the Commanche tribe, his friend, cavalry officer Jim Gary (Richard Widmark), asks him to help the army to recover long-missing white captives. Despite his initial reluctance, the ability of the opportunistic McCabe to neogotiate a lucrative per capita deal for his recovery of the captives, in addition to his desire to evade the marital intentions of Belle, seal the deal. Even after interviewing the captives' desperate relatives, the hardened McCabe is unmoved, although he believes their chance of ever seeing their relatives again as they once knew them is remote. However, as events unfold, the all-knowing marshal find he has a few things to learn.~ Michael Costello, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Richard Widmark, Andy Devine
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Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Richard Widmark, Andy Devine, Linda Cristal, Shirley Jones, John McIntire, James Stewart
Director John Ford
Studio UCA
Rental release 23 January 2006
Main languages English

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2012
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A sheriff (James Stewart) and an Army Major (Richard Widmark) are sent by the U.S. Army to retrieve the surviving white captives held by a Comanche chief (Henry Brandon) for the past nine years. But it's not an easy task as some of the survivors, perhaps sensing the hostilities of the white community, refuse to return. Directed by John Ford, the specter of his classic THE SEARCHERS hovers over the film. Granted, it had been only five years since THE SEARCHERS had been released but the film had not yet (at least in this country) been acknowledged as one of great American films. If THE SEARCHERS had not existed then perhaps this effort would have fared better but honestly, it's just not as good. Stewart's character is a pale imitation of Wayne's Ethan Edwards but the film does paint a darker picture of white captives being accepted back into the fold. While there's a happy ending for THE SEARCHER's Debbie, the fate of the white boy (David Kent) here is much grimmer. Still, an essential film for the Fordians. Based on the novel COMANCHE CAPTIVES by Will Cook. With Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal (THE ALAMO), John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Andy Devine, Paul Birch, Mae Clarke and the usual Ford stock company: Andy Devine, Woody Strode, Anna Lee, Olive Carey, John Qualen, Ken Curtis and Harry Carey Jr.

The Sony DVD is a nice anamorphic wide screen (1.85) transfer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By j.r on 12 Jan. 2012
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Two Rode Together is a very enjoyable film, mainly due to the script and excellent casting. It's not an action packed Western, it's more concerned with characters and decicions. Richard Widmark and James Stewart are outstanding leads and spark off each other brilliantly. James Stewart plays quite an unlikeable and selfish man but you still are intrigued as to what he'll do and say next. The supporting cast is also excellent. My only complaint would be the film could easily have been 10 or 15 minutes longer. I would have liked the scenes when Widmark and Stewart first go off together on their mission to have been extended. Watching just these two on the screen maybe with some more humour between the old friends and some more build up of tension would have made the film even better. I suppose I feel like the film had a great begining and end, but could have done with a bit more filling in the middle. These two lead actors certainly could have kept us entertained.
The DVD picture and sound is excellent and in Widescreen.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Birmingham Book Reader VINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2007
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Two rode together is a thoughtful film. It shows the American Indian in good light, has things to say to us today on how we treat people.
James Stewart is his useful outstanding best. The friendship between Richard Whitmark and James Stewart in real life comes through in this film. Their joint work is super. Tends to become a little slow towards the end so 3 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Casanova Claude on 18 Nov. 2009
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Not the best of John FORD's western movies but a good one with two "greats" : James STEWART and Richard WIDMARK . A bitter vision of "wild west" before the still darker "Man who shot Liberty Valance" comes to burst .
FORD still fights against racism and intolerance showing us how valiant can be the gentle Linda CRISTAL standing against the small town talk .
It reminds me a little of "The sun shines bright" another FORD's masterpiece .
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TWO RODE TOGETHER (1961): A band of settlers put pressure on the US Army to repatriate their children caught by the Comanche Indians seven years earlier. In turn cavalry fort commander Major Frazer (James McIntire) puts pressure on a reluctant Marshal Guthrie McCabe (James Stewart) and Lieutenant Jim Gary (Richard Widmark) to saddle up and go in search of the white captives held by the feared Comanche Chief Quanah Parker (Henry Brandon). The two negotiate the return Running Wolf (David Kent) and Elana de la Madriaga (Linda Cristal) with mixed results.

Brandon also played the Comanche Chief Scar in THE SEARCHERS (1956) also carried over from that film are Ford favourites mother and son Olive Carey and Harry Carey Jn, Ken Curtis and John Qualen. Also in common with the earlier film was the scriptwriter Frank Nugent. John Ford is said to have made the film as a casual favour to Columbia's boss Harry Cohen. Of the two leads James Stewart plays a (unusually for him) cynical and ruthless character whilst Richard Widmark (who can play good guy or bad with equal aplomb) has the sympathetic sidekick role. Shirley Jones provides the main love interest. Although there are one or two nice touches of the Master at work in my opinion Ford was well-wide of the mark with this one; thankfully he is back on top form next time also with Jimmy Stewart and John Qualen but with the added bonus of John Wayne in THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962).

A 2005 DVD Columbia film released through SONY Pictures Home Entertainment Optional sub-titles and scene selection, no Theatrical Trailer or other extras, but does it matter?
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This really should work a lot better than it does. It's got two great Western stars; Richard Widmark and James Stewart and it's got a decent-ish plot. But it just doesn't seem to gel. Perhaps the issue is that the plot has a fairly serious premise - that these two are going to rescue white prisoners taken captive by Comanches - and all the issues surrounding that, but what lets it down quite badly is where the film tries to be funny. In particular, it seems to have imported the fat sergeant straight of out 'Zorro'. If the film could have made up its mind what it wanted to be; a serious film or a comedy, then it might have done better, but by trying to do both, it's a bit of a failure.
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