See clips from several of Ford's films. He is credited with being one of the creators of great American folklore.
Ford began his career in Hollywood working on his brother, Francis Ford's, films; His breakthrough film was "Arrowsmith" which earned him a nomination for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and established Ford as one of the most in-demand directors in Hollywood. He went on to direct "Wee Willie Winkie" starring child actor Shirley Temple.
"Stagecoach," filmed by Ford in 1939 and starring John Wayne, was the first great Western film. In 1940, Ford adapted "The Grapes of Wrath" based on John Steinbeck's epic masterpiece about a family during the Great Depression.
The Oscar-winning film the "Battle of Midway" was Ford's first foray into the world of documentary filmmaking. Following the WWII, Ford made a trio of Westerns including "Fort Apache." Ford worked with John Wayne on "The Quiet Man" and left the production of "Mister Roberts" after a falling out with Henry Fonda.
Ford and Wayne reunited for "The Searchers" and with the film "Two Rode Together," Ford began working with James Stewart. "How the West Was Won" used updated technology. "Cheyenne Autumn" was Ford's last noteworthy film.
Credits: John Ford
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John Ford is known for his visually powerful westerns, with his characters framed against America's stunning natural landmarks. Stagecoach (1939) and the highly regarded and hugely influential The Searchers (1956) both starred John Wayne. His four Academy Awards for Best Director remain a record and include such classics as How Green Was My Valley (1941), The Quiet Man (1952), and his adaptation of the John Steinbeck classic The Grapes of Wrath (1940).
Length: 46 minutes
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