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The Searchers (1956)

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As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.

Director: John Ford
Writer: Frank S. Nugent

Release Date: 1956-03-13
Status: Released
Run time: 119 min / 1:59
Budget: $3,750,000
Production Companies : C.V. Whitney Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 1956-03-13
Status: Released
Run time: 119 min / 1:59
Budget: $3,750,000

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John Wayne
as Ethan Edwards
Jeffrey Hunter
as Martin Pawley
Vera Miles
as Laurie Jorgensen
Natalie Wood
as Debbie Edwards (older)
Ward Bond
as Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton
John Qualen
as Lars Jorgensen
Olive Carey
as Mrs. Jorgensen
Henry Brandon
as Chief Cicatrice (Scar)
Ken Curtis
as Charlie McCorry
Harry Carey, Jr.
as Brad Jorgensen
Antonio Moreno
as Emilio Gabriel Fernandez y Figueroa
Hank Worden
as Mose Harper
Beulah Archuletta
as Wild Goose Flying in the Night Sky (Look)
Walter Coy
as Aaron Edwards
Dorothy Jordan
as Martha Edwards
Pippa Scott
as Lucy Edwards
Patrick Wayne
as Lt. Greenhill
Lana Wood
as Debbie Edwards (younger)
Mae Marsh
as Dark Cloaked Woman at Fort Guarding Deranged Woman (uncredited)
Ruth Clifford
as Deranged Woman at Fort (uncredited)


Directing John Ford Director
Writing Alan Le May Novel
Writing Frank S. Nugent Screenplay
Production C.V. Whitney Producer
Production Merian C. Cooper Executive Producer
Production Patrick Ford Producer
Sound Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Camera Winton C. Hoch Director of Photography
Editing Jack Murray Editor
Art James Basevi Art Direction
Art Frank Hotaling Art Direction
Art Victor A. Gangelin Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Charles Arrico Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Web Overlander Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Fae M. Smith Hairdresser
Costume & Make-Up Jack Obringer Makeup Artist
Sound Hugh McDowell Jr. Sound Designer
Sound Howard Wilson Sound Designer

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