Friday, February 1, 2019

John Ford 125 -- February 1, 2019
Director John Ford was born 125 years ago today, on 01-February-1894.  He came to Hollywood in 1914 to work with his brother, who was an actor, a writer and a director.

John Ford became a director and worked from 1917 in the silent era to 1966 in the era of sound and television.  During World War II, he made documentaries for the Navy and ran the photographic section of the Office of Strategic Services.

Moving Picture World, 11-August-1917
John Ford directed many movies with his friend Harry Carey.
John Ford gave Harry's son, Harry, Jr, his start as an actor.
Ford worked at Fox and then 20th Century-Fox for many years.  He directed films like Judge Priest with Will Rogers.
Ford was born in America to Irish immigrants.  Ireland and Irish culture frequently made its way into his movies.  The Plough and the Stars was based on a play by Sean O'Casey, which was set during the 1916 Easter Rising.
John Ford adapted John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath into a 1940 movie.  Ford won an Academy Award as Best Director and Jane Darwell won as Best Supporting Actress.
John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara were friends of John Ford.  He directed many movies with them separate and together.  The most famous, which my father watched every time it was on television, was The Quiet Man, which was shot on location in Ireland.

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