Knowledge Identifier: +John_Ford
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1894.
Countries: United States (68%), United Kingdom (7%), California (7%)
Linked to: American Film Institute, Conversations with Filmmakers Series, Irish Republican Army, Time
Ford was born John Martin 'Jack' Feeney in Cape Elizabeth, Maine to John Augustine Feeney and Barbara 'Abbey' Curran, on February 1, 1894.
Jennie Lee (actress) - She appeared in fifty-eight films between 1912 and 1924, working especially in character parts under the directors John Ford and D. W. Griffith
Thomas H. Ince - Even though he was the first producer-director and directed most of his early productions, by 1913 Ince eventually ceased full-time directing to concentrate on producing, giving up this responsibility to such proteges as Francis Ford, his brother John, Jack Conway, William Desmond Taylor, Fred Niblo, Henry King and Frank Borzage
He moved to California and began acting and working in film production for his older brother Francis in 1914, taking "Jack Ford" as a stage name.
J. Farrell MacDonald - He first worked under director John Ford in 1919's "A Fight for Love" and was to make three more with the director that same year
Tom Tyler - Tyler had a long career in film, stretching from the 1920s to the 1950s, and appeared in many films, most of them westerns such as John Ford's "Stagecoach" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"
He earned nearly $134,000 in 1929, and he made over $100,000 per annum every year from 1934 to 1941, earning a staggering $220,068 in 1938more than double the salary of the U.S. President at that time (although this was still less than half the income of Carole Lombard, Hollywood's highest-paid star of the 1930s, who was earning around $500,000 per year at the time).
Nancy Kelly - As an adult, she was a leading lady in twenty-seven movies in the 1930s and '40s, including director John Ford's "Submarine Patrol", the comedy "He Married His Wife" with Joel McCrea, "Frontier Marshal" with Randolph Scott as Wyatt Earp, and "Tarzan's Desert Mystery" with Johnny Weismuller
Torben Meyer - Next Meyer went from waiter to butler in a number of films in the 1930s; "The Crime of the Century", John Ford's "The World Moves On", "Preview Murder Mystery" starring Reginald Denny, "Piccadilly Jim" and "The First Hundred Years" both starring Robert Montgomery, and "The King and the Chorus Girl" starring Joan Blondell
In 1933, he returned to Fox for Pilgrimage and Doctor Bull, the first of his three films with Will Rogers.
Andy Devine - It was in 1933 on a film, "Doctor Bull", directed by John Ford at Fox Studios, that Andy met his wife-to-be, Dorothy House
John Carradine - By 1936, Carradine had become a member of John Ford's stock company and appeared in "The Prisoner of Shark Island"
Wee Willie Winkie (film) - "'Wee Willie Winkie"' is a 1937 American adventure film directed by John Ford
Stagecoach (1939 film) - The rights to "Lordsburg" were bought by John Ford soon after it was published in "Collier's" magazine on 10 April 1937
Yakima Canutt - It was while working on Mascot serials that Canutt practiced and perfected his most famous stunts, including the drop from a stagecoach that he would employ in John Ford's 1939 "Stagecoach"
Irving Pichel - By the mid 1940s, Pichel played small parts in several of the films that he directed, performed on radio, and was the narrator of John Ford's "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" in 1949
How Green Was My Valley (film) - "'How Green Was My Valley"' is a 1941 drama film directed by John Ford
J. Farrell MacDonald - He was notable in 1946 in John Ford's "My Darling Clementine" in which he played the Dodge City bartender
Dorothy Jordan (film actress) - Cooper was a good friend and frequent collaborator with Western director John Ford, forming Argosy Productions in 1947
Winton Hoch - This was followed with back-to-back Academy *awards for the expensive religious epic "Joan of Arc" in 1948, and the elegiac John Ford Western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" in 1949
Andre de Toth - Introduced to Westerns by John Ford, de Toth worked mostly in that genre throughout the 1950s, often bringing elements of noir style into those films
Ranald S. Mackenzie - The 1950 John Ford movie "Rio Grande" has some similarities to his action on the frontier
His daughter Barbara was married to singer and actor Ken Curtis from 1952 to 1964.
Winton Hoch - He received his third Oscar in 1952 for another collaboration with John Ford, this time on the film, "The Quiet Man", which made him the only cinematographer to share an Oscar with a credited second unit cinematographer, Archie Stout, A.S.C.
Frank Hotaling - His association with famed director John Ford led to an Oscar nomination, shared with John McCarthy, Jr. and Charles S. Thompson, for Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Color, for 1952's "The Quiet Man"
Ford's next film was the romance-adventure Mogambo, a loose remake of the celebrated 1932 film Red Dust.
Charles Winninger - Winninger had the lead role in only one film, 1953's "The Sun Shines Bright", John Ford's companion piece to his own "Judge Priest"
The Sun Shines Bright - "'The Sun Shines Bright"' is a 1953 American drama film directed by John Ford, based on material taken from a series of Irvin S. Cobb stories
Nick Adams (actor) - Two and a half years later, in June 1954 his ship docked in Long Beach harbor and after a brash audition for director John Ford during which Adams did impressions of James Cagney and other celebrities while dressed in his Coast Guard uniform, he took his accumulated leave and appeared as Seaman Reber in the 1955 film version of "Mister Roberts"
Ford made his first forays into television in 1955, directing two half-hour dramas for network TV. In the summer of 1955 he made Rookie of the Year (Hal Roach Studios) for the TV series Studio Directors Playhouse; scripted by Frank S. Nugent, it featured Ford regulars John and Pat Wayne, Vera Miles and Ward Bond, with Ford himself appearing in the introduction.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney - His company made three films, the first being the acclaimed 1956 production, "The Searchers", directed by John Ford
Henry Brandon (actor) - His most famous acting roles were as "Chief Cicatrice" in John Ford's "The Searchers" in 1956 and "Chief Quanah Parker" in Ford's "Two Rode Together" in 1961
Dorothy Jordan (film actress) - Jordan appeared once more, in a small role in the John Ford film "The Wings of Eagles" in 1957 before retiring
His work was restricted by the new regime in Hollywood , and he found it hard to get many projects madeby the 1960s he had been pigeonholed as a Western director and complained that he now found it almost impossible to get backing for projects in other genres.
Billie Burke - Her last screen appearance was in "Sergeant Rutledge", a Western directed by John Ford in 1960
Harry Carey, Jr. - In recent years, Carey has attempted to produce a feature film called "Comanche Stallion", a project which John Ford considered making in the early 1960s, based on the 1958 book by Tom Millstead
Frank Capra - Capra's final theatrical film was with Glenn Ford and Bette Davis, named Pocketful of Miracles, a remake of his 1933 film Lady for a Day. In the mid-1960s he worked on pre-production for an adaptation of Martin Caidin's novel Marooned but budgetary constraints made him eventually shelve it.
Also in 1962, Ford directed his fourth and last TV production, Flashing Spikes, a baseball story made for the Alcoa Premiere series and starring James Stewart, Jack Warden, Patrick Wayne and Tige Andrews, with Harry Carey, Jr. and a lengthy surprise appearance by John Wayne, billed in the credits as "Michael Morris.
Ford explained in a 1964 interview that the US Government was "afraid to show so many American casualties on the screen", adding that all of the D-Day film "still exists in color in storage in Anacostia near Washington, D.C." Thirty years later, historian Stephen E. Ambrose reported that the Eisenhower Center had been unable to find the film.
In 1965 Ford began work on Young Cassidy, a biographical drama based upon the life of Irish playwright Sean O'Casey, but he fell ill early in the production and was replaced by Jack Cardiff.
Ford's health deteriorated rapidly in the early 1970s; he suffered a broken hip in 1970 which put him in a wheelchair, and had to move from his Bel Air home to a single-level house in Palm Desert, California, near Eisenhower Medical Center, where he was being treated for cancer.
In October 1972 the Screen Directors Guild staged a tribute to Ford and in March 1973 the American Film Institute honored him with its first Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony which was telecast nationwide, with President Richard Nixon promoting Ford to full Admiral and presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
He was the first recipient of the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 1973.
The Searchers (film) - Sam Peckinpah referenced the aftermath of the massacre and the funeral scene in "Major Dundee" and, according to a 1974 review by Jay Cocks, Peckinpah's "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" contains dialogue with "direct tributes to such classics as John Huston's "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and John Ford's "The Searchers"
Emma Fielding - After graduation she worked for the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, coming to the attention of critics in 1993's RSC production of Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia," in which she created the role of Thomasina, and most notably in John Ford's "The Broken Heart" for which she won the Dame Peggy Ashcroft Award for Best Actress and the Ian Charleson Award
The longer revised version of Directed by John Ford shown on Turner Classic Movies in November, 2006 features directors Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, and Martin Scorsese, who suggest that the string of classic films Ford directed during 1936 to 1941 was due in part to an intense six-month extra-marital affair with Katharine Hepburn, the star of Mary of Scotland, an Elizabethan costume drama.
The print was restored in New Zealand by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences before being returned to America, where it was given a "repremiere" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on August 31, 2010, featuring a newly-commissioned score by Michael Mortilla
The John Ford Ireland Film Symposium will be held again in Dublin in Summer 2013 and delegates can register for updates at the Symposium's official website