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The Searchers

The Making Of An American Legend

By Glenn Frankel

In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches. She was raised by the tribe and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years after her capture, she was reclaimed by the U.S. cavalry and Texas Rangers and restored to her white family, to die in misery and obscurity. Cynthia Ann's story has been told and re-told over generations to become a foundational American tale. The myth gave rise to operas and one-act plays, and in the 1950s to a novel by Alan LeMay, which would be adapted into one of Hollywood's most legendary films, The Searchers, "The Biggest, Roughest, Toughest... and Most Beautiful Picture Ever Made!" directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.
Glenn Frankel, beginning in Hollywood and then returning to the origins of the story, creates a rich and nuanced anatomy of a timeless film and a quintessentially American myth. The dominant story that has emerged departs dramatically from documented history: it is of the inevitable triumph of white civilization, underpinned by anxiety about the sullying of white women by "savages." What makes John Ford's film so powerful, and so important, Frankel argues, is that it both upholds that myth and undermines it, baring the ambiguities surrounding race, sexuality, and violence in the settling of the West and the making of America.

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Format: Book
Author: Frankel, Glenn
Title: The searchers : the making of an American legend / Glenn Frankel.
Publisher Date: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2013.
Subject: Searchers (Motion picture) Historical films -- United States -- History and criticism Motion pictures and history Comanche Indians -- Texas -- History -- 19th century. Massacres -- Texas -- History -- 19th century. Indian captivities -- Texas
Isbn: 9781608191055 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 791.4372 Fra
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Format: Book
Author: Frankel, Glenn
Title: The searchers : the making of an American legend / Glenn Frankel.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2013.
Description: x, 405 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Searchers (Motion picture)
Subjects: Historical films -- United States -- History and criticism
Subjects: Motion pictures and history
Subjects: Comanche Indians -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Subjects: Massacres -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Subjects: Indian captivities -- Texas
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-383), filmography (p. 383-384), and index.
Contents: Introduction: Pappy (Hollywood, 1954) -- Cynthia Ann. The girl (Parker's Fort, 1836) -- The captives (Comancheria, 1836) -- The uncle (Texas, 1837-1852) -- The rescue (Pease River, 1860) -- The prisoner (Texas, 1861-1871) -- Quanah. The warrior (Comancheria, 1865-1871) -- The surrender (Comancheria, 1874-1875) -- The go-between (Fort Sill, 1875-1886) -- The chief (Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1887-1892) -- Mother and son (Cache, Oklahoma, 1892-1911) -- The legend (Oklahoma and Texas, 1911-1952) -- Alan Lemay. The author (Hollywood, 1952) -- The novel (Pacific Palisades, California, 1953) -- Pappy and the Duke. The director (Hollywood, 1954) -- The actor (Hollywood, 1954) -- The production (Hollywood, 1955) -- The Valley, Part One (Monument Valley, June, 1955) -- The Valley, Part Two (Monument Valley, June-July, 1955) -- The studio (Hollywood, July-August, 1955) -- The movie (Hollywood, 1956) -- The legacy (Hollywood, 1956-2010) -- Epilogue: Quanah (Texas, June, 2011).
LCCN: 2012029453
ISBN: 9781608191055 (alk. paper)
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