Women in the Films of John Ford

Women in the Films of John Ford

by David Meuel


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786477890
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/20/2014
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

A lifelong student of films, David Meuel has also published more than 100 poems, numerous short stories, and hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from theater to U.S. national parks, to writing and speaking for business. He lives in Menlo Park, California.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction: Spotlighting Women in John Ford's Films 5

1 The Dark Side of Mother Love: Henrietta Crosman's Hannah Jessop in Pilgrimage 15

2 Fearless Free Spirit: Jean Arthur's Wilhelmina Clark in The Whole Town's Talking 25

3 "Swamp Gal": Anne Shirley's Fleety Belle in Steamboat Round the Bend 34

4 The Innocent Turned Imperialist: Shirley Temple's Priscilla in Wee Willie Winkie and Philadelphia in Fort Apache 43

5 All About Attitude: Claire Trevor's Dallas in Stagecoach and Joanne Dru's Denver in Wagon Master 52

6 Colonial Spunk: Claudette Colbert's Lana and Edna May Oliver's Mrs. McKlennar in Drums Along the Mohawk 62

7 Family First: Jane Darwell's Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, and Sara Allgood's Beth Morgan in How Green Was My Valley 72

8 More Than the Sum of Her Parts: Mildred Natwick's Four Small Gems for John Ford 83

9 "On the very edge of eternity": Donna Reed's Sandy Davyss in They Were Expendable 90

10 Ford's Wild Irish Rose: Maureen O'Hara's Kathleen in Rio Grande and Mary Kate in The Quiet Man 99

11 Female Supremacy: Ava Gardner's Honey Bear and Grace Kelly's Linda in Mogambo 109

12 "Way out on a limb": The Women Who Trigger Ethan's Quest in The Searchers and the Women Who Must Face Its Consequences 120

13 Reconnection and Regret: Vera Miles' Hallie in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 135

14 No Other Way Out: Anne Bancroft's Dr. Cartwright in 7 Women 142

15 Snapshots: Other Fine Female Roles and Performances in Ford Films 152

16 Dare We Call Ford a Feminist? The Director's Achievement in Context 172

Conclusion: Electric Moments 180

Recommended Resources for Further Reference 183

Chapter Notes 187

Bibliography 191

Index 193

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ClassicLiz More than 1 year ago
This wonderful book is a must-have for all classic movie fans.  After reading it cover to cover, I began it again, the next time aloud to my husband.  Both of us were so impressed by how well written, researched, and interesting Women in the Films of John Ford was, that we continue to recommend it to everyone we hear loves movies.  Reading this book made us grateful that we owned the paperback, not just the Nook edition.  But, if that is all you can afford, buy that!  ~Liz Randolph