She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon1949

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)




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The second of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy," this film stars John Wayne as Cavalry Captain Nathan Brittles. In his last days before his compulsory retirement, Brittles must face the possibility of a full-scale attack from the Arapahos, fomented by the recent defeat of General Custer and by double-dealing Indian agents.

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John Wayne
as Capt. Nathan Brittles
Joanne Dru
as Olivia Dandridge
John Agar
as Lt. Flint Cohill
Ben Johnson
as Sgt. Tyree
Harry Carey Jr.
as Lt. Ross Pennell
Victor McLaglen
as Sgt. Quincannon
Mildred Natwick
as Mrs. Abby Allshard
George O'Brien
as Major Mack Allshard
Arthur Shields
as Dr. O'Lauglin
Harry Woods
as Karl Rynders
Chief John Big Tree
as Pony That Walks
Noble Johnson
as Red Shirt
Cliff Lyons
as Trooper Cliff
Tom Tyler
as Cpl. Mike Quayne
Michael Dugan
as Sgt. Hochbauer
Frank McGrath
as Trumpeter/Indian
Don Summers
as Jenkins
Fred Libby
as Col. Krumrein
Jack Pennick
as Sergeant Major
Billy Jones
as Courier
Rudy Bowman
as Pvt. John Smith/Gen. Rome Clay
Ray Hyke
as McCarthy
Lee Bradley
as Interpreter
Irving Pichel
as Narrator
Post Park
as Officer
Paul Fix
as Rynder's partner
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Critic Reviews for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

It seems a pity then that with all this taking place in rich, luscious Technicolor, Ford felt it necessary to slow up these healthy activities with over-long intervals of adolescent love-making and tedious sentiment.

November 23, 2021 | Full Review…

A western meller done in the best John Ford manner.

November 10, 2008 | Full Review…

A film of both elegiac sentiment and occasionally over-eloquent sentimentality.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Bulwarked with gay and spirited music and keyed to the colors of the plains, "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" is a dilly of a cavalry picture. Yeehooooo!

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is one of the most rousing films I have seen for years. It is also not without subtlety.

November 30, 2021 | Full Review…

In She Wore a Yellow Ribbon [John Wayne] is nothing short of superb. It is a performance that should, in all right, be a challenger for the Academy award.

June 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon


Beautifully filmed and featuring many great performances. This is one of the most entertaining of Ford's films. Also includes the greatest performance ever put in by Victor McLaglen in his reoccurring role as Sgt. Quincannon.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

A great follow up to Fort Apache and probably the grandest in the whole trilogy. The use of color is almost jaw dropping at times and the way the west is captured is utterly flawless. John Wayne delivers one of his best performances out of so many great ones. Captain Brittles is probably one of the most noble and courageous characters, certainly in terms of military movies. John Ford's vision and storytelling is just unlike anything else and this is such a beautiful movie to experience.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

The compositions and photography around director John Ford's new stamping ground of Monument valley are great to look at as always. With some makeup to grey his hair and wrinkle him a might, John Wayne turns in one of his finest performances on the screen. The rest of the cast measures up equally well. Victor McLaglen, as irascible as ever, plays Irish Top Sergeant Quincannon, full of blarney and (a bit of) whiskey. His morning scenes with Wayne, denying he'd been drinking, are comic gems. I like the scene of McLaglen battling men in the bar. As the young suitors of Joanne Dru, John Agar and Harry Carey Jr. are also quite good.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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