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Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company

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When Harry Carey, Sr., died in 1947, director John Ford cast Carey's twenty-six-year-old son, Harry, Jr., in the role of The Abilene Kid in 3 Godfathers. Ford and the elder Carey had filmed an earlier version of the story, and Ford dedicated the Technicolor remake to his memory.

Company of Heroes is the story of the making of that film, as well as the eight subsequent Ford classics. In it, Harry Carey, Jr., casts a remarkably observant eye on the process of filming Westerns by ...

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Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company

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Overview

When Harry Carey, Sr., died in 1947, director John Ford cast Carey's twenty-six-year-old son, Harry, Jr., in the role of The Abilene Kid in 3 Godfathers. Ford and the elder Carey had filmed an earlier version of the story, and Ford dedicated the Technicolor remake to his memory.

Company of Heroes is the story of the making of that film, as well as the eight subsequent Ford classics. In it, Harry Carey, Jr., casts a remarkably observant eye on the process of filming Westerns by one of the true masters of the form. From She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Wagonmaster to The Searchers and Cheyenne Autumn, he shows the care, tedium, challenge, and exhilaration of movie-making at its highest level. Carey's portrayal of John Ford at work is the most intimate ever written. He also gives us insightful and original portraits of the men and women who were part of Ford's vision of America: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen, and Ben Johnson.

Funny, insightful, and brutally honest, Company of Heroes is a rip-roaring good read that presents the remarkable life story of Harry Carey, Jr., and his many fine performances.

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Editorial Reviews

Daily News
. . . [A] treat from start to finish....
50 Westerns From The 50s
Absolutely essential.
Brave New World
. . . Reads so fluidly it's almost as if Carey is sitting in your living room narrating the story and you don't have to be a Western fan to appreciate this.
Filmwerk

A great read for anyone who loves the classic and truly great western−a company of heroes indeed.
Movie Collectors World
. . . [T]he best personal picture of Ford and one of the best of any director at work....
The Hollywood Reporter
Absolutely wonderful . . . immense warmth . . . an unforgettable read.
Los Angeles Times
. . . [C]ouldn't be better.
Trail Dust Magazine
. . . [F]illed with laughs, film lore, care, love, and insight to the motion picture business that few can aptly express. . . . Company of Heroes deserves to be a huge best seller because it delivers! But even more, it deserves to be read and re-read....
Brave New World
. . . Reads so fluidly it's almost as if Carey is sitting in your living room narrating the story and you don't have to be a Western fan to appreciate this.
Gary Wills
[Carey is] unlike other Hollywood people. A brilliant raconteur. . . . By the end of the book, one feels one has lived in the surreal conditions of a Ford set on location, where grown men were treated like children.
Reference and Research Book News
Carey shows the care, tedium, challenge, and exhiliration of filmmaking, and provides an intimate portrait of the great director at work and the actors and actresses, such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Maureen O'Hara, who were part of Ford's vision of America. Includes a filmography and numerous b&w photos.
Peter Bogdanovich
Since Ford remains the most honored U.S. picturemaker, arguably its finest as well, Carey's book is both a valuable treasure and a complete delight.
The
. . . [A] treat from start to finish....
Brave New World
. . . Reads so fluidly it's almost as if Carey is sitting in your living room narrating the story and you don't have to be a western fan to appreciate this.
The Hollywood Reporter
. . . [A]bsolutely wonderful . . . immense warmth . . . an unforgettable read.
Los Angeles Times
...couldn't be better.....
Hollywood Reporter
...absolutely wonderful...immense warmth...an unforgettable read.....
Movie Collectors World
...the best personal picture of Ford and one of the best of any director at work.....
Booknews
Actor Carey gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of nine Western films directed by John Ford, including 3 Godfathers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and The Searchers. Carey shows the care, tedium, challenge, and exhilaration of filmmaking, and provides an intimate portrait of the great director at work and the actors and actresses, such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Maureen O'Hara, who were part of Ford's vision of America. Includes a filmmography and numerous b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589799103
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/7/2013
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 175,829
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Carey, Jr., was born in Saugus, California. He appeared in over one hundred feature films and scores of television shows. His screen credits included 3 Godfathers, The Searchers, Wagonmaster, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and five other John Ford films. His post-Ford films included The Long Riders, The Whales of August, Crossroads, and Tombstone.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: In the Beginning
Chapter 2: 3 Godfathers
Chapter 3: Myself When Young With Cowboys and Navajos
Chapter 4: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Chapter 5: Paul Fix, the OSS, and Merry Christmas
Chapter 6: Wagonmaster
Chapter 7: Rio Grande
Chapter 8: The Long Gray Line
Chapter 9: Mister Roberts
Chapter 10: The Searchers
Chapter 11: Two Rode Together
Chapter 12: Cheyenne Autumn
Chapter 13: So Long, But Not Good-bye
Chapter 14: Harry Carey, Jr.’s Appearances in John Ford Films
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    I waited for a year before I was able to purchase this book. No

    I waited for a year before I was able to purchase this book. Not one page was a disappointment.
    I know he has passed but I want to thank him for writing this book.

    I have been a fan of Ben Johnson since I was a kid. Needless to say I looked forward to reading about him also. In all this was a great book and I loved it

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