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Wagon Master Details


Wagon Master, splendidly directed by John Ford, is a superlative western. The film is the outwardly simple tale of a Mormon wagon train headed for Utah. Along the way, the group, led by Elder Wiggs (Ward Bond) hook up with two horse traders Travis Blue (Ben Johnson) and Sandy Owens (Harry Carey Jr), the members of a traveling medicine show and a tribe of Navajo Indians. The group is threatened by a gang, known as the Clegg family, who have robbed an express office and murdered the clerk. This wonderful film emphasizes the virtues of solidarity, sacrifice and tolerance, and shows John Ford at his most masterful, in total control of the production from the casting to the bit players to the grandeur and scope of the visual compositions. The film, with its breathtaking scenery, brilliant performances by a cast of character actors, and an engaging sense of humor, is a superlative example of the American western. Wagonmaster inspired the television series Wagon Train and was also shown in a computer-colorized version ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi


Ben Johnson
as Travis Blue
Harry Carey, Jr.
as Sandy Owens
Ward Bond
as Elder Wiggs
Joanne Dru
as Denver
Charles Kemper
as Uncle Shiloh Clegg
Alan Mowbray
as Dr. A. Locksley Hall
Jane Darwell
as Sister Ledeyard
Russell Simpson
as Adam Perkins
Ruth Clifford
as Fleuretty Phyffe
Kathleen O'Malley
as Prudence Perkins
Francis Ford
as Mr. Peachtree
Don Summers
as Sam Jenkins
Cliff Lyons
as Marshal
Fred Libby
as Reese Clegg
Mickey Simpson
as Jesse Clegg
Hank Worden
as Luke Clegg
James Arness
as Floyd Clegg


John Ford
John Ford
Merian C. Cooper
Bert Glennon
Richard Hageman
Composer (Music Score)
The Sons of the Pioneers
James Basevi
Art Director
Joseph Kish
Set Designer
Adele Parmenter
Costume Designer
Wes Jeffries
Costume Designer
Jack Caffee
Special Effects