Harry and Leone Goulding in Monument Valley, 1927. Courtesy of Goulding’s Lodge.  Without these two, the history of westerns, the quintessential American film genre during the 30 years between "Stagecoach" (1939) and "The Wild Bunch" (1969), would be very different indeed.

Harry and Leone Goulding in Monument Valley, 1927. Courtesy of Goulding’s Lodge. Without these two, the history of westerns, the quintessential American film genre during the 30 years between "Stagecoach" (1939) and "The Wild Bunch" (1969), would be very different indeed.

Visitor John Ford, director John Farrow and John Wayne on location in Mexico for “Hondo", 1953.

Visitor John Ford, director John Farrow and John Wayne on location in Mexico for “Hondo", 1953.

"Stagecoach" - The First John Wayne / John Ford Film? - Mostly Westerns

"Stagecoach" - The First John Wayne / John Ford Film? - Mostly Westerns

On location in Monument Valley, making "Stagecoach" in 1938. From UA/The Kobal Collection.

Buzz Bissinger on Monument Valley

On location in Monument Valley, making "Stagecoach" in 1938. From UA/The Kobal Collection.

Henry Fonda and Cathy Downs in My Darling Clementine. In John Ford told film critic and fledgling director Peter Bogdanovic...

MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) - Henry Fonda & Cathy Downs head to Sunday church service - Directed by John Ford - 20th Century-Fox - Publicity Still.

MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) - Henry Fonda & Cathy Downs head to Sunday church service - Directed by John Ford - 20th Century-Fox - Publicity Still.

John Wayne's Alamo Movie Set | John Wayne and John Ford, two of the most famous collaborators in film ...

John Wayne's Alamo Movie Set | John Wayne and John Ford, two of the most famous collaborators in film ...

Monument Valley in 1940, two years after Ford ressurected the Western there. Ford found in   the stunning beauty of the valley's vastness the perfect frame for his exploration of the American character.  Ford put in film's great amber the Americans who came to the West, and what they made happen there; the valley supplied the stark grandeur appropriate to the importance of the drama of this singular and glorious people forging the way to govern themselves.

Buzz Bissinger on Monument Valley

Monument Valley in 1940, two years after Ford ressurected the Western there. Ford found in the stunning beauty of the valley's vastness the perfect frame for his exploration of the American character. Ford put in film's great amber the Americans who came to the West, and what they made happen there; the valley supplied the stark grandeur appropriate to the importance of the drama of this singular and glorious people forging the way to govern themselves.

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