One of my favorite films of any genre is John Ford’s 1949 film “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon”. This is one of John Wayne’s best acting performances IMHO. The film has a great supporting cast from the usual John Ford stable of character actors including Ben Johnson, Harry Cary Jr., and Victor McLaughlin; and of course Joanna Dru in a cavalry uniform was eye pleasing.
This would be a fun period to wargame.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is a 1949 Technicolor Western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. The Oscar-winning film was the second of Ford's Cavalry trilogy films, along with Fort Apache (1948) and Rio Grande (1950). With a budget of $1.6 million, the film was one of the most expensive Westerns made up to that time. It was a major hit for RKO. The film takes its name from "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon", a popular US military song that is used to keep marching cadence.
The film was shot on location in Monument Valley utilizing large areas of the Navajo reservationalong the Arizona-Utah state border. Ford and cinematographer Winton Hoch based much of the film's imagery on the paintings and sculptures of Frederic Remington. The film won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color in 1950. It was also nominated as 1950's Best Written American Western (which the Writers Guild of America awarded to Yellow Sky).