- For the 2007 Porter Wagoner album see: Wagonmaster
1950 movie poster
|Directed by||John Ford|
|Produced by||John Ford
Merian C. Cooper
|Written by||John Ford (story)
Patrick Ford (screenplay)
Frank S. Nugent (screenplay)
Harry Carey Jr.
|Music by||Richard Hageman|
|Cinematography||Bert Glennon (director of photography)|
|Editing by||Jack Murray
|Distributed by||RKO-Radio Pictures Inc.|
|Release date(s)||April 19, 1950|
|Running time||86 min.|
Learning of their ability as experienced horsemen, Mormon Elder Wiggs (Bond), hires Travis Blue (Johnson) and Sandy Owens (Carey) to guide a small group of Mormons across the West to the San Juan River country in southeastern Utah Territory, in 1849.
Ford formulated the story, and then Patrick Ford (John Ford's son) and Frank S. Nugent wrote the script. Ford and Merian C. Cooper (with Ford and Cooper's Argosy Pictures as production company) were co-executive producers, with Lowell J. Farrell as associate producer. Music was done by Richard Hageman, and the picture was distributed by RKO Pictures.
Ford had been shooting the film She Wore a Yellow Ribbon the year before (1948) in Monument Valley, near the town of Mexican Hat, Utah, close to the locations where he had also filmed Stagecoach (1939), My Darling Clementine (1946), and Fort Apache (1948). He wanted a different look for his next film and drove to Moab. Wagon Master was shot in less than a month, in 1949, for less than a million dollars. Filmed in black and white (there is a later computer-colorized version), on location, mainly north-east of the town of Moab, Utah in Professor Valley (with additional shooting at Spanish Valley south-west of Moab, and a few stage shots were done at Monument Valley). It was released on April 19, 1950.
The film recorded a loss of $65,000 and was the last co-production between Argosy and RKO.
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