John Ford & Monument Valley

Who else could talk with authority about the record Oscar winning director John Ford but one of his favorite actors, John Wayne. And he does so in his documentary mainly on horseback and at Monument Valley.

This documentary tells the story of how the trader Harvey Golding set up his shop at Monument Valley to do business with the Navajos who settled there. One day he heard that United Artists looked for a suitable location in Arizona where John Ford was to shoot a Western. Golding went to Hollywood and convinced the studio that Monument Valley was the right place. John Ford subsequently shot eight of his most famous films at the valley, starting with Stagecoach and ending with Cheyenne Autumn.

Directors: Clara Kuperberg & Julia Kuperberg
Production: Wichita Films
Producers: Clara Kuperberg & Julia Kuperberg
Network: Ciné + Classics
Year : 2013
Running Time : 53 minutes


Martin Scorsese

Peter Cowie
Author of John Ford and the American West

John Ford (footage)

John Wayne (footage)

Henry Fonda (footage)

James Stewart (footage)