January 09, 2008

Review of She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

See my new review of She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, one of the classic John Ford/John Wayne Westerns. An excerpt:Let's review. The hostile Indians have killed a handful of settlers and gunrunners. But they're almost comically inept, unable to kill a single man with Brittles. Brittles runs them off easily with their tails between their legs.

Moral of the story? The white man's decency, morality, and fair play beat the Indians' treachery and savagery. While Indians pillage and massacre, soldiers fight only defensively and with restraint. Without killing a single Indian, Brittles has made the West safe for democracy and maidenly virtue.

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