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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Fun Features


This is the section for all our "FUN" She Wore a Yellow Ribbon information - please enjoy!

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… that She Wore a Yellow Ribbon premiered at the Capitol Theater in New York on November 17, 1949.

… that She Wore a Yellow Ribbon was based on two stories written by James Warner Bellah. The short stories were called The Big Hunt and The War Party.

… that She Wore a Yellow Ribbon was the only one of the Cavalry Trilogy to be shot in color. In this case John Ford utilized the new Technicolor technology.

… that while the character of Nathan Brittles was supposed to be in his mid-sixties, John Wayne was only 42 years old when he made this movie.

... ... Apparently there was another big Western star besides John Wayne in She Wore A Yellow Ribbon. The horse ridden by Ben Johnson was a famous movie horse named Steel. We looked him up in the imdb for horses and as you can see he has quite a resume. Everyone from Clark Gable to Gary Cooper and John Wayne himself rode with Steel.

... that a yellow ribbon has been a symbol worn by someone waiting for a loved one to return home from war for many centuries. The song in the movie was taken from a 1917 popular army marching song and updated. Here are the lyrics of the 1949 version

    Around her hair she wore a yellow ribbon
    She wore it in the springtime
    In the merry month of May
    And if you ask her why the heck she wore it
    She wore it for her soldier who was far far away
    Far away, far away
    She wore it for her soldier
    Who was far, far away
    Around the block she pushed a baby carriage
    She pushed it in the springtime
    In the Merry month of May
    And if you ask her why the heck she pushed it
    She pushed it for her soldier who was far far away
    Far away, far away
    She pushed it for her soldier
    Who was far, far away
    Behind the door her daddy kept a shotgun
    He kept it in the springtime
    In the merry month of May
    And if you ask him why the heck he kept it
    He kept it for her soldier who was far far away
    Far away, far away
    He kept it for her soldier
    Who was far, far away
    On the grave she laid the pretty flowers
    She laid them in the springtime
    In the merry month of May
    And if you asked her why the heck she laid them
    She laid them for her soldier who was far far away
    Far away, far away
    He kept it for her soldier
    Who was far, far away

... Today yellow is the official color of the Calvary/Armor division of the U. S. Army and the song is still used as a marching cadence:




... She Wore A Yellow Ribbon was filmed in Monument Valley, Arizona. Captain Brittles' cabin still stands as a tourist attraction. You can learn about traveling there or you can turn to our Armchair Travel Department and ride along with this very nice family. Warning it will take 8 minutes of your life and they don't speak English but we thought it was just like being there.




She Wore a Yellow Ribbon On Location


John Wayne is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.

John Wayne Prints
Mann's Chinese Theater

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA
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Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find the stars of John Wayne, Joanne Dru, Victor McLaglen and director John Ford:

John Wayne
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

1541 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA

Joanne Dru
Walk of Fame Star
(Television)

1708 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA

Victor McLaglen
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

1735 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA

John Ford
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

1640 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA


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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon


Captain Nathan Brittles ( John Wayne ):

"Mr. Cohill, wipe that grin off your face."




The men at the Fort get a letter informing them of a famous battle, which one?

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