The Searchers, an American Legend

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Glenn Frankel tells the story behind “The Searchers.” In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches, raised by the tribe, and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years later she was reclaimed by the U.S. cavalry and Texas Rangers and reunited with her white family. It’s become a foundational American tale and has inspired operas plays, and a novel by Alan LeMay, which was adapted into one of Hollywood's most legendary films, “The Searchers,” directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. In The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, Frankel examines how the story has been shaped over time.

Comments [2]

Tony from Canarsie

Interestingly, Henry Brandon who plays Chief Cicatriz ("Scar") in The Searchers, appeared a few years later in a very similar role in Ford's Two Rode Together.

Apr. 18 2013 12:52 PM
Meredith from Brooklyn

I always thought that Ethan's motivation was the death of the woman he loved, but couldn't have.

I always loved Dryms Along the Mohawk as well as The Searchers, but as the more innocent version of white people out west.

Apr. 18 2013 12:50 PM

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