That'll be the day
Etan Edwards (John Wayne) returns to his sister's home after years away fighting on the wrong side of the War of the Rebellion. The local Comanche indians attack the Edwards family farm, killing most of the women but kidnapping the two youngest daughters. Ethan sets off to find the young nieces. His sole companion for most of the trip is Martin Pawley (Jeffrey Hunter), a half-breed youth who had been raised in his late brother's family.
Pawley wants to rescue his sister but Edwards wants to kill her because in his view, she would already have suffered a fate worse than death, defloration by a savage. They spend five years on a lonely quest to hunt down the tribe and their leader Scar (Henry Brandon). But then, will Ethan treat her like family or like the Comanche she's been raised to be?
Release date: March 13, 1956
A young Marxist critic of the movie magazine Cahiers du Cinema and director named Jean-Luc Godard: “ How can I hate John Wayne  and yet love him tenderly  in the last reel of The Searchers?” Source / More (Book)
Lana Wood played young Debbie Edwards and Natalie Wood, who was Lana’s older sister, played teenaged Debbie Edwards.
Buddy Holly stole That'll be the day from this movie::“Martin Pawley: I hope you die. Ethan Edwards: That'll be the day”
Legend has it that there are three films Steven Spielberg always watches before he launches into his next shoot: A Guy Named Joe, It's a Wonderful Life, and The Searchers.
The novel was written by Alan Le May. Source / More (Book)
The movie has been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry (U.S.A.)
Wayne told a group of friends after a private screening of Midnight cowboy that he thought that actors Hoffman and Voight were great. A few days later he wondered: “Whoever thought I’d say good things about a movie featuring a gigolo, a homeless Italian dwarf, and gang rape”.
May 26, 1907
Marion Robert Morrison
June 11, 1979
Raised in California, Marion went to USC on a football scholarship. During summer vacations he was employed as a third-string prop man in the Fox-studio's and on the set he became close friends with director John Ford for whom he began doing bit parts.
Wayne got his break winning the the lead in Fox's upcoming Western epic The big trail. He changed his name in John Wayne and became in 1939 a star in the role of The Ringo kid in Stagecoach.
In 1948 for the first time, critics sat up and took notice when the duke starred in Howard Hawks' Red River (1948). The 50s gave Wayne an opportunity to depth and poignancy in films like She wore a yellow ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), The Searchers (1956) and Rio Bravo (1959).
In real life he was a patriot, an ultra-American who reflected his right-wing political stance in The Alamo (1960) and in The green berets (1968). John won his only Academy Award with True Grit (1969).
1970 Won Best actor for: True grit (1969)
1961 Nominated Best picture for: The Alamo(1960)
1950 Nominated Best actor for: Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
S. Zmijewsky and B. Zmijewsky and M. Ricci -> The Complete Films of John Wayne (1983/1995)
Randy Roberts and James S. Olson -> John Wayne, American (1995)
Ronald L. Davis -> Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne (1998)
Emanuel Levy -> John Wayne: Prophet of the American Way of Life (1988/1998)