Here John Wayne plays Singin’ Sandy Saunders, the screen’s first singing cowboy. Singin’ Sandy’s ten-gallon hat was black instead of white. This movie is a little more intense than your normal musical cowbody movie of the time. Sandy says “the streets soon running with blood” and “you’ll be drinking your drinks with the dead”, which in not the tamest John Wayne of the 1930′s.
Working from quartet of Eugene O’Neill plays, John Ford created a hauntingly dark dramatic universe, populated with his usual stock company of players augmented by John Wayne in the role of the naïve Swedish sailor Olsen.
John Wayne, James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Andy Devine star in this documentary about filmmaking legend John Ford. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Ford directed 140 films (although nearly all of his silent films are now lost) and he came to be regarded as one of the finest American filmmakers of his generation. Ford’s films and personality have been highly influential, leading colleagues such as Ingmar Bergman and Orson Welles to name him as one of the greatest directors of all time.