She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

(Der Teufelshauptmann | La charge heroïque)

by John Ford

USA 1949

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John Ford
John Ford, Merian C. Cooper
Production Companies:
Argosy Pictures / RKO Radio
Frank S. Nugent, Laurence Stallings (from stories by James Warner Bellah: The Big Hunt, War Party)
Winton C. Hoch, A.S.C.
Charles P. Boyle
(second unit), Archie Stout (second unit, uncredited) (Technicolor, 1.37:1)
Jack Murray
Music Score:
Richard Hageman
Art Director:
James Basevi
Set Director:
Joseph Kish
Clem Portman, Frank Webster; Patrick Kelley (effects)
John Wayne (Nathan Brittles), Joanne Dru (Olivia Dandridge), John Agar (Ltn. Flint Cohill), Ben Johnson (Sgt Tyree), Harry Carey jr. (Leutnant Pennell), Victor McLaglen (Sgt. Quincannon), Mildred Natwick (Mrs. Abby Allshard), Arthur Shields (Dr. O'Laughlin), George O'Brien (Major Mack Allshard), Francis Ford (Barman), Chief John Big Tree (Pony That Walks)
103 min
22 October 1949 (USA)
Academy Awards 1950, Oscar Best Cinematography/Color: Winton C. Hoch

"Arguably Ford's most extraordinary use of color, arguably John Wayne's best performance, inarguably one of Ford's greatest masterworks. ... The film that Lindsay Anderson calls 'one continual visual delight'."
— Pacific Film Archive

"A film of both elegiac sentiment and occasionally over-eloquent sentimentality".
— Paul Taylor, TimeOut

"She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is a film of twilight. ... One is struck by how little riding there is ..., how courageously Ford discards the glamour of the 'pony soldiers' to suggest instead their human weaknesses. The film's most moving scenes relate vitally to the nature of the ground, and by implication to the moral significance of the valley."
— John Baxter, The Cinema of John Ford

"The palpable feel of grit and guts is transposed into the purely iconic, icons stunningly recreating the colors and movement of Remington ..., visually actual and executed with bold romantic panache ..."
— Tag Gallagher, John Ford: The Man and His Films

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Warner NTSC Region 1 vs. Kinowelt PAL Region 2

R1 screenshots courtesy by Gary Tooze /

Warner Home Video
Region 1 (North America)
Kinowelt Home Entertainment
Region 2 (Germany)
103:03 min 99:22 min (+ 4% PAL Speedup = 103 min)
1.33:1/4:3 FullScreen
Average Bitrate: 5.10 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.33:1/4:3 FullScreen
Average Bitrate: 5.64 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
Colour saturation and contrast are a bit crisper on the Kinowelt transfer
Both transfers use the superb master restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Français Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Deutsch Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
English, Français, Español, Português • Closed captioned Deutsch (removable)
• Exclusive John Ford Home Movie, a montage of clips shot while Ford and Wayne scouted for locations in Mexico (ca. 4:00 min)
• Cast & Crew
• John Ford & John Wayne Production Notes
• Awards
• Theatrical Trailer of later re-release
• Weblinks
Interview with John Ford (by Philip Jenkinson, 1968, 1.33:1, English DD 2.0 Mono, optional German subtitles, 65:26 min, 5.45 mb/s)
• German Theatrical Trailer (02:22 min)
• 3 Bonus Trailers: Fort Apache (German, 02:07 min), Rio Grande (US, 01:32 min), The Quiet Man (German, 02:25 min)
• Text Tables “Screenplay Writing with John Ford" by Frank S. Nugent (in German)
• Production Notes
• 4-pages Booklet with Production Notes
DVD Release Date: 4 June 2002
Snap Case
Chapters: 31
DVD Encoding: NTSC Region 1
DVD Release Date: 31 October 2000
Keep Case
Chapters: 21
DVD Encoding: PAL Region 2

Also available from Edition Montparnasse in France (same transfer as in Germany) and Universal in the UK (different, mediocre transfer):

Video: 1.33:1/4:3 • Audio: English DD 2.0 Mono, Français DD 2.0 Mono • Subtitles: Français • Features: Extraits de films de la Collection Diamant

Video: 1.33:1/4:3 • Audio: English DD 2.0 Mono • Subtitles: None • Features: Theatrical trailer, Photo gallery, John Wayne filmography
"... a truly awful transfer" – The R2 Project
"... constant grainy texturing to the image ... artifacting which appears throughout" – DVD Times

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Average Bitrate Region 1:
5.10 mb/s

Average Bitrate Region 2:
5.64 mb/s

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Last update: 20 Sep 2002