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

Custer is dead.

And around the bloody guidon

of the immortal 7th Cavalry...

... lie 212 officers and men.

The Sioux and Cheyenne

are on the warpath.

By military telegraph,

news of the Custer massacre...

... is flashed across the long,

lonely miles to the Southwest.

By stagecoach to the 100 settlements

and the 1000 farms...

... standing under threat

of an Indian uprising.

Pony Ezpress riders know that

one more such defeat as Custer's...

... and it'd be a hundred years before

a wagon train crossed the plains.

And from the Canadian border

to the Rio Bravo, 10,000 Indians...

... Kiowa, Comanche, Arapaho,

Sioux and Apache...

... under Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse,

Gall and Crow King...

... are uniting in a common war

against the United States Cavalry.

Come on!

That's old Major Cheadle,

the paymaster!

Yeah. Looks like we ain't going

to get paid for another three months.

Wherever the flag rises

over some lonely Army post...

... there may be one man...

... fated to wield

the sword of destiny.

- Good morning, sir. 5:42, sir.

- 5:

And a lovely day it is, sir.

Colder than blazes.

Mrs. Jameson's had her baby.

The stagecoach to Sudro's Wells

has been discontinued.

A dispatch rider arrived

from the Paradise River Patrol.

Private MaclKenzie got hisself shot.

Boy or a girl?

A little trooper, sir.

When does the coach stop running?

It's finished. Stopped.

No more coach.

- MaclKenzie? Is he dead?

- Yes, sir.

Good man, MaclKenzie.

Made corporal, five or six years.

You got breath like a hot mince pie!

You know I took the pledge

after Chapultepec...

And Bull Run

and Gettysburg and Shiloh.

And Saint Patrick's Day

and Fourth of July.

- Captain...

- Beats me where you hide the stuff.

Six more days.

Six more days and I retire.

- The Army will never be the same.

- It's always the same.

The sun and moon change.

The Army knows no seasons.

We're in our prime and they're turning

us out! It's an abuse of taxes!

The only tax you've paid

is whiskey tax. Ready?

Ready, sir!

Morning, gentlemen.

Good morning, sir.

Well, carry on.

Good morning, Mrs. Brown.

Hold up!

Mr. Cohill...


That's Tyree and

the Paradise River Patrol.


- Report, sergeant.

- Gunshot wound. Dead when I found him.

- Where?

- Near Red Butte, sir.

Horses were about to give in, sir.

Money box is gone, sir.


What do you make

of the wound, doctor?

I'll need an hour, major.

Fetch him to the hospital.

Not IKiowa.

No, not Comanche nor Arapahos either,

with those color bands.


All right, put in

your two cents' worth.

Arrows with yellow, white and red are

the sign of the Southern Cheyenne.

I've seen Bannocks and Snakes

use the same.

That's very true. But look

at the clan mark on this arrow.

It's the sign of the dog.

That came from the bow of

a Southern Cheyenne Dog Soldier.

What would they be doing

this far south?

That ain't my department, sir.

- Alert the post, sergeant.

- Yes, sir.

- Get some rest, Tyree.

- Thank you, sir.

Just a moment, Mr. Pennell,

if you please!

Lieutenant, the post is closed.

Sorry, Miss Dandridge.

Sorry, indeed! Mr. Cohill, haven't

you anything better to do...

...than make yourself obnoxious?

If you have complaints

about my orders...

...submit them

to Major Allshard in writing.

- Duplicate or triplicate?

- Don't be a spoilsport.

That's what he is.

I wouldn't trust you to take me out

so you're hazing Pennell.

- Drive.

- Do that and I'll arrest you!

- You wouldn't!

- Someone arresting you?

Lieutenant Cohill. He's decided

he can order me around...

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