Two Rode Together

1961

Western

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 5857

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Synopsis


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
October 27, 2021 at 03:20 PM

Director

Cast

Chuck Roberson as Comanche
Mae Marsh as Hanna Clegg
Willis Bouchey as Mr. Harry J. Wringle
John McIntire as Maj. Frazer
720p.BLU
1002 MB
1280*682
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 48 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 6 / 10

full of anti-climaxes and near misses

Of all the John Ford films I have seen, this is among my least favorite. In many ways, I think it's because it is a big case of "been there, done that". In other words, many of the plot elements are pretty familiar but thrown together the film just never seems to work all that well. In particular, you can sure see the strong influence of the film THE SEARCHERS--though TWO RODE TOGETHER had a much lesser impact (so why not just watch THE SEARCHERS?). Also, at times, there were elements of WHAT PRICE GLORY and WINGS OF EAGLES--where comedic elements are combined with a very serious plot (probably why I am not a huge fan of those Ford films so much either). There are even aspects of the movie that remind me of the Cavalry Trilogy. I just wish this film had stuck to one mood and one major plot element.

This same feeling that I have seen better also applies to Jimmy Stewart. He is one of my favorite film cowboys--especially since he is a little more human than most cowboy stars. But in this film, at times, he seems a bit lost. Some times, he seems like a self-centered money-grubber and at other times he's super brave and at other times he's the voice of reason and decency. Once again, it's like seeing Stewart from many of of his films once again mixed together.

The bottom line is that this film isn't anything particularly new or compelling. Instead, it's a very good time-passer with very good production values.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 8 / 10

Stewart and Widmark ride together

I saw this film first in 1961 at the Riviera Theatre in Rochester, New York with my cousins and I loved it. I found out later that John Ford in his cantankerous dotage dismissed all of the work he did after Wings of Eagles as junk.

Well second rate John Ford is far better than first rate from 90% of directors. The film hasn't lost any charm for me even after 44 years.

Army Lieutenant Richard Widmark takes a patrol into Tascosa to fetch Marshal James Stewart back to the fort where Commandant John McIntire has an assignment for Stewart. It's to negotiate with Comanche Chief Quannah Parker for the return of white captives taken during the Indian wars. The rest of the film is what happens to both our leads during that mission and after.

To watch the chemistry between Stewart and Widmark is something to behold. There is a scene at the beginning of the film during the ride back to the fort where Stewart and Widmark sit on the bank of a stream while the horses are being watered. Ford has them engage in some bantering dialog where the characters are established. In the hands of these two consummate professional actors, the scene almost takes on a sublime quality. It's my favorite scene in the film.

As usual Ford rounds out his cast with a lot of his stock company. I have to single out Willis Bouchey. He plays Henry J. Wringle in this film who is along on this trip very reluctantly. He has the second best scene in the film with Stewart as he makes Stewart an offer that he'll pay him a thousand dollars to bring back any white captive around the age of his wife's son by her first husband. This is so he can get back to his business. Stewart's reactions to this offer are also something to behold. Willis Bouchey did so well in so many of Ford's later films, but here and in The Horse Soldiers I think his career peaked.

Second rate Ford is still good enough for me.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

not the best

Marshal Guthrie McCabe (James Stewart) is an amoral glad-handing town leader in Texas. First Lt. Jim Gary (Richard Widmark) leads a cavalry squad into town. He recruits his friend McCabe to negotiate with the Comanches for the release of white prisoners. Marty Purcell (Shirley Jones) is one of those who lost a family member, her younger brother.

This is a western directed by John Ford. The first half has an interesting negotiation with the Comanches. Stewart is playing McCabe with mixed results. His good nature and upstanding morality shines through despite the character being written as amoral to the point of being corrupt. It doesn't really make sense to have Jim Gary go to the Indian camp. Nevertheless, the first half shows real potential. I assumed the second half to be a running battle with Stone Calf. That would have been a great way to wrap it up. Elena could still fall for McCabe and Running Wolf could still kill his rescuers. The second half is delving into some complicated issues but there are melodramatic and comedic elements which muddies the waters. There are some interesting aspects but this is not one of Ford's best.

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