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|John Wayne||Ethan Edwards|
|Jeffrey Hunter||Martin Pawley|
|Vera Miles||Laurie Jorgensen|
|Natalie Wood||Debbie Edwards (older)|
|Ward Bond||Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton|
|John Qualen||Lars Jorgensen|
|Olive Carey||Mrs. Jorgensen|
|Henry Brandon||Chief Cicatrice (Scar)|
|Ken Curtis||Charlie McCorry|
|Harry Carey Jr.||Brad Jorgensen|
|Antonio Moreno||Emilio Gabriel Fernandez y Figueroa|
|Hank Worden||Mose Harper|
|Beulah Archuletta||Wild Goose Flying in the Night Sky (Look)|
|Walter Coy||Aaron Edwards|
|Dorothy Jordan||Martha Edwards|
|Pippa Scott||Lucy Edwards|
|Patrick Wayne||Lt. Greenhill|
|Lana Wood||Debbie Edwards (younger)|
"...He had to find her...he had to find her"
"he had to find her...he had to find her."
"he had to find her...he had to find her..."
In 1868, Ethan Edwards (Wayne) returns from the American Civil War, in which he fought for the Confederacy, to the home of his brother Aaron (Walter Coy) in the wilderness of west Texas. Wrongdoing or legal trouble in Ethan's past is suggested by his three-year absence, a large quantity of gold coins in his possession, a Mexican revolutionary war medal that he gives to his young niece Debbie (played as a child by Natalie Wood's sister Lana Wood), and his refusal to take an oath of allegiance to the Texas Rangers, as well as Rev. Samuel Clayton mentioning that Ethan "fits a lot of descriptions".Shortly after Ethan's arrival, cattle belonging to his neighbor Lars Jorgensen (John Qualen) are stolen, and when Captain Samuel Clayton (Ward Bond) leads Ethan and a group of Rangers to follow the trail, they discover that the theft was a ploy by Comanche to draw the men away from their families. When they return home, they find the Edwards homestead in flames; Aaron, his wife Martha (Dorothy Jordan), and their son Ben (Robert Lyden) dead, and Debbie and her older sister Lucy (Pippa Scott) abducted.
Theatrical : 1956-03-13 : United States of America
DVD : 1999-05-18
DVD : 1997-10-29