Red River (1948) dir. Howard Hawks
John Wayne leaves the cattle train he works for after seeing a nice, large spot of land in Texas, across the Red River. Problem is, the land belongs to someone else. But, its a shame to let the land sit there undeveloped, so John Wayne shoots everyone who gets in his way.
Wayne continues this for decades, with young Montgomery Clift watching on, and Walter Brennan supplying the comic relief. Eventually, the postbellum economy gets bad enough that Wayne must bet everything on one last, big job.
The cattle driving team is joined by "Cherry Valance," played by John Ireland. There is one memorable scene,
but Valance plays no major role in the rest of the story, despite the considerable foreshadowing.
Then, after setting everything up for a terrific climax, Red River punts. The ending is far less satisfying than the book's.
The Band Wagon is #159 on the 2011 edition of the TSPDT 1,000 list I’m blogging through. I’ve now seen 414.