She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Synopsis: After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he's also required to take along Abby Allshard, wife of the Fort's commanding officer, and her niece, the pretty Olivia Dandridge, who are being evacuated for their own safety. Brittles is only a few days away from retirement and Olivia has caught the eye of two of the young officers in the Company, Lt. Flint Cohill and 2nd Lt. Ross Pennell. She's taken to wearing a yellow ribbon in her hair, a sign that she has a beau in the Cavalry, but refuses to say for whom she is wearing it.
Genre: Western
Director(s): John Ford
Production: Turner Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Can you read what time it is

by my brand-new silver watch?

It's two minutes past midnight, sir.

Been a civilian for two minutes.

It's your army, Mr. Cohill.

Good luck.

So Nathan Brittles, ez-captain

of the Cavalry, U.S. A...

... started westward for

the new settlements in California.

Westward toward the setting sun,

the end of the trail for all old men.

But the Army hadn't fiinished

with Brittles.

And it sent a galloper after him.

That was Sergeant Tyree's department.

Yo-ho, Captain Brittles!

Captain, sir. For you,

from the Yankee War Department.

I knew it.

Dad blast it, I knew it.

Every time you... What?

Sergeant, it's my appointment!

Chief of scouts,

with a rank of lieutenant colonel.

And will you look

at those endorsements!

Phil Sheridan,

William Tecumseh Sherman...

...and Ulysses Simpson Grant, President

of the United States of America.

There's three aces for you!

- I kind of wish you had a full hand.

- Full hand? What do you mean?

Robert E. Lee, sir.

Wouldn't have been bad. Let's go.

Welcome home, colonel darlin'.

Your arm, Colonel Brittles.

You'll be surprised to know

that she and l...

Son, I knew it all the time.

Everybody on the post knew it,

above the rank of second lieutenant.

- Right, Mr. Pennell?

- One day I'll be first lieutenant.

Yeah, in 10 or 1 2 years.

Will you stay

for the dance, colonel?

You'll excuse me, Miss Dandridge,

I gotta make my report first.

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you.

Thank you.

Here they are, the dogfaced

soldiers, the regulars...

... the 50-cents-a-day professionals,

riding the outposts of a nation.

From Ft. Reno to Ft. Apache, Sheridan

to Stock, they were all the same.

Men in dirty-shirt blue, only a page

in history books to mark their lives.

But wherever they rode,

whatever they fought for...

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