"Fort Apache", 1948
Original Vintage Lobby Card (11x14")
Starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple and John Agar
Lobby cards are very scarce to find for this title (as is ANY movie paper), rarely ever appearing on the market.. These are the first "Apache" items we have acquired in 30 years of collecting. This is the BEST card of the set and one of only two lobby cards to feature John Wayne, and the ONLY closeup shot of him from the lobby card set of eight. . Terrific graphics and artwork – NOTE the stunning colors!. To read about the importance of the Title card click here. This would turn out to be one of the most universally beloved John Wayne roles and films along with the two cavalry films that would follow. Excellent condition. .
* We have been fortunate enough to acquire almost a complete lobby card set (of 7 out of 8) including the Title Card. Fortunate because it usually takes several years to even locate one lobby card from this title!
Fort Apache is a 1948 western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Henry Fonda. The film was the first of the director's "cavalry trilogy" and was followed by She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950), both starring Wayne. The story, which screenwriter James Warner Bellah based loosely on George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn, as well as the Fetterman Massacre of 1866, was one of the first to present an authentic and sympathetic view of the Native Americans involved in the battle (Apache in the film, Sioux in the real battles).
The film was awarded the Best Director and Best Cinematography awards by the Locarno International Film Festival of Locarno, Switzerland.
After the American Civil War, highly-respected veteran Captain Kirby York (John Wayne) is expected to replace the outgoing commander at Fort Apache, an isolated U.S. cavalry post. York had commanded his own regiment during the Civil War and was well-qualified to assume permanent command. To the surprise and disappointment of the company, command of the regiment was given to Lieutenant Colonel Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda). Thursday, a West Point graduate, was a general during the Civil War. Despite his Civil War combat record, Lieutenant Colonel Thursday lacks experience with the Indians he is expected to oversee, and is an arrogant and egocentric officer, though he professes that he is not a martinet.
Accompanying widower Thursday is his daughter, Philadelphia (Shirley Temple). She becomes attracted to Second Lieutenant Michael Shannon O'Rourke (John Agar), the son of Sergeant Major Michael O'Rourke (Ward Bond). The elder O'Rourke had won the Medal of Honor as a major with the Irish Brigade during the Civil War, entitling his son to enter West Point and become an officer. However, the class-conscious Thursday forbids his daughter to see someone he does not consider a gentleman.