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Two Rode Together (1961)

Not Rated | | Western | 28 June 1961 (USA)
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A corrupt marshal is pressured by his army friend into negotiating the release of white captives of the Comanches, but finds that their reintegration into society has its consequences.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent), Will Cook (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Marshal Guthrie McCabe
Richard Widmark ... First Lt. Jim Gary
Shirley Jones ... Marty Purcell
Linda Cristal ... Elena de la Madriaga
Andy Devine ... Sgt. Darius P. Posey
John McIntire ... Maj. Frazer
Paul Birch ... Judge Edward Purcell
Willis Bouchey ... Mr. Harry J. Wringle
Henry Brandon ... Chief Quanah Parker
Harry Carey Jr. ... Ortho Clegg
Olive Carey ... Mrs. Abby Frazer
Ken Curtis ... Greeley Clegg
Chet Douglas Chet Douglas ... Deputy Ward Corby
Annelle Hayes ... Belle Aragon
David Kent ... Running Wolf
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Storyline

The US Army is under pressure from the desperate relatives of white prisoners of the Comanches to secure their rescue. A cynical and corrupt marshal, Guthrie McCabe, is persuaded by an army lieutenant to assist in the negotiations with the Comanches; however, just two captives are released, and their reintegration into white society proves highly problematic. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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This was the West as it really was! See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Misión de dos valientes See more »

Filming Locations:

Rio Bavispe, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie's critical and commercial failure was largely blamed on the script, as the main story was considered uninteresting and dreary in its development. The two leads were widely felt to be miscast, since James Stewart, at 52, and Richard Widmark, at 45, were both much older than their characters. See more »

Goofs

About 1:16 into the film, when the townspeople are discussing the fate of the boy (rescued from the Comanches), Willis Bouchey, John Qualen and Paul Birch turn and walk out, passing Shirley Jones and those remaining in the room. Qualen and Richard Widmark then have a brief shot at the doorway and Qualen exits. The next shot shows the group, including Qualen, again walking past Jones and the others on their way to the door. See more »

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[first lines]
[Jesus gives Marshal Guthrie a beer]
Marshal Guthrie McCabe: Thank you, Jesus.
Jesus: Senor, the widow Gomez has delivered a son this morning - a boy.
Marshal Guthrie McCabe: Bully for the widow Gomez!
Jesus: But senor, it has been more than a year ago since Senor Antonio Gomez has been buried in the church house.
Marshal Guthrie McCabe: Well, there are some men you just can't trust to stay where you put 'em.
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Weak, uneven John Ford western
1 December 2017 | by jamesrupert2014See all my reviews

Jimmy Stewart and Richard Widmark are mismatched buddies tasked to negotiate with the Comanches for the return of 'white' prisoners. The film is an uneven mix of harsh, such as Stewart's drunken description of what Shirley Jones' long-lost baby brother will be like after growing up in a Comanche village, and goofy, such as the almost slapstick fight between Widmark and a couple of ex-Rebs, (complete with bass-drum sound effects as Andy Devine butts people with his enormous belly). The movie improves as the 'Two' ride into Comanche territory to meet with the Comanche chief Quanah Parker (Henry Brandon) and negotiate a trade for prisoners. Surprisingly, Stewart remains more or less disreputable throughout the film (I was expecting some heroic moral turnaround in the third act) and there are some dramatic (and, at least to me, unexpected) events toward the end of the film that harden the edge of the story, but, overall, "Two Rode Together" is not one of Ford's best (an opinion shared by Ford and many others), especially when compared to "The Searchers", which covered much of the same ground, but was a far more sober and compelling film.


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