John Ford's 1949 film "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" is one of the best movies at depicting how a good leader mentors his subordinates preparing them for leadership roles and increasing responsibility. Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne), a Civil War hero on the eve of retirement during the Indian Wars of the 1870's, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Besides having to develop Lt. Flint Cohill, (John Agar) and the "wet behind the ears" 2nd Lt. Ross Pennell, (Harry Carey, Jr.), Brittles is encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled. I love the film because he deftly shows the impetuous and "hot headed" junior officers how to deal with the Cavalry troop of men and how to use diplomacy with the Indians. Brittles shows it didn't always have to be about fighting with the Indians in order to get what you wanted, fair diplomacy often worked as well.
I always liked John Wayne in war movies more than in westerns. A classic war movie that should be viewed by all who like the genre.
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