The Searchers - Composition - v 1-1

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The Searchers (1956) Warner Brothers, C.V. Whitney Productions * Directed by John Ford * Written by Frank S. Nugent, from the novel of the same name by Alan LeMay * Produced by Merian C. Cooper, C.V. Whitney * Associate Producer: Patrick Ford * Original Music by Max Steiner * Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch * Film Editing by Jack Murray * Art Direction by Frank Hotaling, James Basevi * Set Decoration by Victor Gangelin * Costume Design by Charles Arrico (uncredited) Cast: John Wayne (Ethan Edwards), Jeffrey Hunter (Martin Pawley), Vera Miles (Laurie Jorgensen), Ward Bond (Capt. Rev. Samuel Clayton), Natalie Wood (Debbie Edwards), John Quaen (Lars Jorgensen), Olive Carey (Mrs. Jorgensen), Henry Brandon (Chief Scar), Ken Curtis (Charlie McCorry), Harry Carey Jr. (Brad Jorgensen), Antonio Moreno (Emilio Figueroa), Hank Worden (Mose Harper), Lana Wood (Debbie as a child), Walter Coy (Aaron Edwards), Dorothy Jordan (Martha Edwards), Pippa Scott (Lucy Edwards), Patrick Wayne (Lt. Greenhill), Beulah Archuletta (Look) Together with Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) and The Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith, 1915), The Searchers is one of the most influential films ever made. Perhaps no single film has influenced the current generation of filmmakers than The Searchers . Directors such as John Milius, Steven Spielberg, Paul Schrader and Martin Scorcese rank it among their all-time favorite favorites. Unlike Citizen Kane and Birth of a Nation , however, The Searchers was not initially greeted as a masterpiece. Despite positive reviews overall, the film wasn't taken very seriously by the critics. Bosley Crowther, then the film critic for The New York Times called it a “rip-snorting Western, as brashly entertaining as they come.” But at least Crowther liked the film. Variety' s reviewer called the film “disappointing” and confessed to feeling like it could have been “so much more.” Believe it or not, most critics agreed. The Searchers ranked 25 th in The Film Daily' s poll of film critics, gathering a paltry 32 votes. A middling film like The Eddy Duchin Story manage to garner double that (64), while the poll's winner, The King and I, amassed 245. Fortunately, audiences weren't quite as stingy. The Searchers grossed $4,450,000 in its first run, placing it among the year's top twenty films. Nevertheless, is success paled in comparison to such films as The Ten Commandments ($34.2 million), Around the World in 80 Days ($22 million) and The King and I ($8.5 million). Nonetheless, $4.5 million was very good for a film in 1956, especially a Western. Filmed on location in breathtaking Monument Valley in VistaVision, the visuals of the film
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