The Lost Patrol (1934):
A shot rings out, the captain falls and with him dies the knowledge of his unit's mission. Now a stalwart sergeant takes charge as he and his men try to escape the surrounding, unseen snipers who felled their captain. They hole up at an oasis in a land that, a Bible-toting soldier notes, was once the Garden of Eden.
The Informer (1935):Gypo Nolan stumbles through a foggy Irish night, his brain pickled in whiskey and his soul tormented by shame and fear. Gypo is an informer, a turncoat who betrayed his friend to the British police for 20 pounds. Now he can't spend the money fast enough - nor can he run from his treachery fast enough - as he brawls, brags, swaggers and lies his way toward his fate.
Cheyenne Autumn (1964): This last Western from director John Ford ranks as one of his most ambitious and moving works. Ford outfits his Trail-of-Tears-like saga with a strong cast, stunning cinematography by long-time collaborator William Clothier and a stirring Alex North score. To play the Cheyenne nation desperately struggling to return to the Yellowstone homeland across 1,500 treacherous miles, Ford recruited hundreds of Navajo tribesmen, many of them veterans of Ford movies dating back to 1939's Stagecoach. The location (which Ford used for the ninth time) is "John Ford Country" - the canyons, buttes and mesas of Monument Valley. And Cheyenne Autumn is compassionate, epic artistry from one of Hollywood's most revered filmmakers.
Mary Of Scotland (1936): Lovely Mary Stuart - Queen of Scotland and France, but only sometimes ruler of her own heart - careens through a tumultuous life doomed to end with the flash of an executioner's blade. Men flatter her, then betray her. Her people embrace her, then vilify her. And her cousin, Elizabeth I, fearful of Mary's claim to England's throne, imprisons her, then sends her to the scaffold.
Sergeant Rutledge (1960): In 1866, new fighting units are formed within the U.S. Cavalry: the courageous 9th and 10th regiments. Plains Indians call them Buffalo Soldiers because of the bison coats they wear in winter. History, judging from the regiments' list of Medal of Honor winners, calls them heroes.
This collection of John Ford films includes CHEYENNE AUTUMN, THE INFORMER, THE LOST PATROL, MARY OF SCOTLAND, and SERGEANT RUTLEDGE. Please see individual titles for synopsis information.