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This 1948 John Wayne classic directed by John Ford has never before been on DVD, is rarely seen, and yet stands out as one of Duke's very best films.
Harry Carey, Jr. and Pedro Armendáriz join Duke as outlaws who find a mother and baby stranded in the desert. After the mother (Mildred Natwick) dies, the three decide they must get the baby to safety, and set out on a long journey through the hot desert that will prove to be the most difficult undertaking of their lives.
One of the most humorous and touching scenes shows the three oiling the baby's skin with wheel grease to protect it from the boiling sun. John Ford's brilliance as a director has never been more evident.
This film is a western with a strong Christmas theme of redemption, making it particularly unique and profound. An impressive cast includes John Ford regulars Ward Bond, Hank Worden, Francis Ford and Ben Johnson. For fans of classic westerns and of John Wayne and John Ford, this is an absolute must for the collection. It is a favorite at Movie Magic USA! We consider it to be one of the finest films ever made.
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I bought this movie as a gift for three teenage John Wayne fans. These boys own many other John Wayne movies. I know they will love adding this classic favorite to their collection, especially as it has a screen dedication to the memory of Harry Carey, "bright star of the Western sky". Harry Carey's acting was the inspiration for John Wayne's well-known mannerisms and expressions. This movie, as many other John Wayne westerns, has elements of fast action, self-sacrifice, and ultimately, self-redemption.
One of my favorite John Wayne movies. I longed to get this movie. The DVD quality of this movie is EXCELLENT and with Wayne and John Ford...you could not ask for anything better. You see Harry Carey Jr. in his first movie roll,taking over for his father who past away that year. You see the stock players that have appeared in almost every John Wayne and John Ford movie (they we're all a little young in this one)Great movie! John Ford had a great way of showing how the West was! I was very happy to add this movie to my collection.
A great little known Chistmas classic most people are not even aware of. The story shows the example and importance of self sacrifice to help others and that sometimes people can change for the better. Filled with humor, action and drama. A must see for any John Wayne fan.
I first saw this movie and it was in black and white. this had been revamped in color. When the three men carried this baby through the dessert,you walked every step with them!!! This is a great and old John Wayne movie.