Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company

Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company

by Harry Carey, Jr.


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When Harry Carey, Sr., died in 1947, director John Ford cast Carey's twenty-six-year-old son, Harry, Jr., in the role of The Abilene Kid in 3 Godfathers. Ford and the elder Carey had filmed an earlier version of the story, and Ford dedicated the Technicolor remake to his memory.

Company of Heroes is the story of the making of that film, as well as the eight subsequent Ford classics. In it, Harry Carey, Jr., casts a remarkably observant eye on the process of filming Westerns by one of the true masters of the form. From She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Wagonmaster to The Searchers and Cheyenne Autumn, he shows the care, tedium, challenge, and exhilaration of movie-making at its highest level. Carey's portrayal of John Ford at work is the most intimate ever written. He also gives us insightful and original portraits of the men and women who were part of Ford's vision of America: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen, and Ben Johnson.

Funny, insightful, and brutally honest, Company of Heroes is a rip-roaring good read that presents the remarkable life story of Harry Carey, Jr., and his many fine performances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589799103
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 12/07/2013
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 402,814
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Harry Carey, Jr., was born in Saugus, California. He appeared in over one hundred feature films and scores of television shows. His screen credits included 3 Godfathers, The Searchers, Wagonmaster, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and five other John Ford films. His post-Ford films included The Long Riders, The Whales of August, Crossroads, and Tombstone.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: In the Beginning
Chapter 2: 3 Godfathers
Chapter 3: Myself When Young With Cowboys and Navajos
Chapter 4: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Chapter 5: Paul Fix, the OSS, and Merry Christmas
Chapter 6: Wagonmaster
Chapter 7: Rio Grande
Chapter 8: The Long Gray Line
Chapter 9: Mister Roberts
Chapter 10: The Searchers
Chapter 11: Two Rode Together
Chapter 12: Cheyenne Autumn
Chapter 13: So Long, But Not Good-bye
Chapter 14: Harry Carey, Jr.’s Appearances in John Ford Films

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