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Play Ball!

I’m digging out the John Ford Dodger cap photo. That means baseball’s here — and the Dodgers have their Dodger Stadium opener today.

Ford was sporting the cap in Monument Valley while shooting Peter Bogdanovich’s terrific documentary on him. It’s one of my all-time favorite images.

So glad we’re getting more games this season — and I’d love another World Series! Go Dodgers!

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As we close the door on 2020, I’m not sorry to see it go. This has not been the best year for any of us.

But in 2020, as it’s been from year to year since the beginning, this blog and the folks who read it (and comment on it) have been a blessing — “just as sure as the turning of the earth.”

Thanks to you all.

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One of my favorite images in all of Cinema — John Wayne in John Ford’s 3 Godfathers (1948), shot by Winton C. Koch. He’s holding a baby (Robert William Pedro Hightower) and keeping the sun out of a dying friend’s eyes.

To me, this is a Christmas movie. To some, it just happens to take place around the holiday. There’s no snow, no Christmas trees, but the drunks in New Jerusalem sing “Silent Night.”

What do you think? Is 3 Godfathers a Christmas movie?

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Way To Go, Dodgers!

I’ve been sitting on this photo forever, and I’m so happy to be able to put it out there tonight. After beginning this crazy season with a still of John Ford wearing a Dodgers cap in Monument Valley, this seems like the perfect way to end it.

In an incredible Game 6 (Blake Snell had a one-hitter in the sixth inning), the Los Angeles Dodgers have defeated the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 2020 World Series. This was a terrific series — both teams were outstanding and each game was a blast.

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Directed by John Ford
Starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr. , Harry Carey Jr., Chill Wills, J. Carrol Naish, Victor McLaglen, Grant Withers, The Sons Of The Pioneers

Olive Films is adding Rio Grande (1950), the third of John Ford’s “Cavalry Trilogy,” to its Signature Edition series. (The first two were Fort Apache and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon.) The release date is listed as November 17.

John Ford did Rio Grande for Republic to get the opportunity to do The Quiet Man (1952), but such dealmaking does not take away from this brilliant movie. The cinematography from Bert Glennon alone is worth the upgrade to Blu-Ray. Essential.

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Play Ball — Take Two!

Today, the LA Dodgers play their first home game of the virus-infected 60-game 2020 season (against the Giants). I won’t be there. Neither will anybody else.

Here’s a photo of John Ford sporting a Dodgers cap (in Monument Valley) to commemorate what’s left of season. Posting this picture, one of my favorites, has been a tradition here, and this year I got to do it twice — when the season was supposed to start, and today. Go Dodgers!

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Directed by John Ford
Starring Harry Carey, Duke Lee, Neva Gerber, Vester Pegg

Kino Lorber is bringing a John Ford/Harry Carey silent picture, 1918’s Hell Bent, to Blu-Ray in August — from a 4K restoration. I’m sure I’m not the only one excited about this.

The extras sound terrific on this one. They include an archival 1970 audio interview with Ford by Joseph McBride, author of Searching For John Ford, along with a commentary by McBride. Other supplement round out the package. Can’t wait.

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Play Ball!

Today, the LA Dodgers were to play their first home game of the 2020 season (against the Giants). Of course, it’s not happening.

Here’s a photo of John Ford sporting a Dodgers cap (in Monument Valley) to commemorate the occasion that should’ve been. Posting this picture, one of my favorites, has been a tradition here, and this year I’ll get to do it twice — when the season finally starts, if we get around to baseball at all. Go Dodgers!

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Directed by John Ford
Starring Harry Carey, Molly Malone, Duke R. Lee, Hoot Gibson

Kino Lorber has announced a Blu-Ray release of the recent 4K restoration of John Ford’s Straight Shooting (1917) starring Harry Carey. Carey plays Cheyenne Harry, caught up in a fight between farmers and ranchers.

I’m really anxious to see how this restoration looks. It’s certainly a cool movie.

 

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Directed by John Ford
Starring John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., Victor McLaglen, Mildred Natwick, George O’Brien, Arthur Shields, Michael Dugan, Tom Tyler, Francis Ford

The Graham Cinema is running John Ford’s She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949) next week. Seeing John Wayne and Winton Hoch’s Oscar-winning Technicolor cinematography on the big screen is something not to be missed.

Monday & Tuesday, February 24 & 25
7:00 & 9:00 pm.

The Graham Cinema
119 N Main Street, Graham, NC

The Graham Cinema is a great old movie house. If you’re anywhere nearby, be sure to check it out.

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