Program Notes

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From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: The Wings of Eagles (1957)

The Wings of Eagles movie poster

The Wings of Eagles is one of Ford’s oddest movies, one featuring a near-great performance from John Wayne but jam-packed with ambivalence.

Program Notes: They Were Expendable (1945)

They Were Expendable movie poster

They Were Expendable is a movie about defeat. Or, rather, the glory that may be found in defeat. Based on a non-fiction book by William L. White, it’s a grim, sad yarn, but a strangely uplifting one.

Program Notes: Mogambo (1953)

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Mogambo was a very big deal when it was released in 1953. This African adventure made $5.2 million and turned newcomer Grace Kelly into a major star.

Program Notes: How Green Was My Valley (1941)

How Green Was My Valley movie poster

If How Green Was My Valley isn’t John Ford’s finest film, it’s certainly the most honored. Nominated in 1941 for 10 Oscars, it won five - in a year when Citizen Kane was up for most of the same honors.

Program Notes: Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

Wee Willie Winkie movie poster

In 1936 director John Ford was sitting pretty in Hollywood. Now, he was told by Fox studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck he was being entrusted with the hottest star on the lot and Hollywood’s biggest box-office attraction: 8-year-old Shirley Temple.

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