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The Searchers (13-Mar-1956)

Director: John Ford

Writer: Frank S. Nugent

From novel: The Searchers by Alan LeMay

Music by: Max Steiner

Keywords: Western

Confederate veteran Ethan Edwards returns to the home of his brother, where soon after Comanches massacre the family and carry off the two daughters. One of them is later found dead. As ten years pass, Ethan and nephew Martin Pawley continue their search and the other daughter grows up, and may have "turned Indian." John Wayne's sophisticated portrayal is much darker and more ambiguous than his typical roles, approaching villainy at times.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ward Bond
Actor
9-Apr-1903 5-Nov-1960 Wagon Train
Harry Carey, Jr.
Actor
16-May-1921 27-Dec-2012 The Whales of August
Olive Carey
Actor
31-Jan-1896 13-Mar-1988 Billy the Kid versus Dracula
Ken Curtis
Actor
2-Jul-1916 29-Apr-1991 Festus Haggen on Gunsmoke
Jeffrey Hunter
Actor
25-Nov-1926 27-May-1969 King of Kings
Vera Miles
Actor
23-Aug-1929   The Searchers
Antonio Moreno
Actor
26-Sep-1887 15-Feb-1967 Spanish-American character actor
John Qualen
Actor
8-Dec-1899 12-Sep-1987 The Grapes of Wrath
Pippa Scott
Actor
10-Nov-1935   Cold Turkey
John Wayne
Actor
26-May-1907 11-Jun-1979 The Duke
Patrick Wayne
Actor
15-Jul-1939   Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
Lana Wood
Actor
1-Mar-1946   Diamonds Are Forever
Natalie Wood
Actor
20-Jul-1938 29-Nov-1981 Rebel Without A Cause
Hank Worden
Actor
23-Jul-1901 6-Dec-1992 The Searchers

CAST

Starring
John Wayne   ...   Ethan Edwards
Co-Starring
Jeffrey Hunter   ...   Martin Pawley
Vera Miles   ...   Laurie Jorgensen
Ward Bond   ...   Rev. Samuel Clayton
Natalie Wood   ...   Debbie Edwards
With
John Qualen   ...   Lars Jorgensen
Olive Carey   ...   Mrs. Jorgensen
Henry Brandon   ...   Chief Scar
Ken Curtis   ...   Charlie McCorry
Harry Carey, Jr.   ...   Brad Jorgensen
Antonio Moreno   ...   Emilio Figueroa
Hank Worden   ...   Mose Harper
Beulah Archuletta   ...   Look
Walter Coy   ...   Aaron Edwards
Dorothy Jordan   ...   Martha Edwards
Pippa Scott   ...   Lucy Edwards
Patrick Wayne   ...   Lt. Greenhill
Lana Wood   ...   Young Debbie Edwards

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