Directed by John Ford

  Aired on TCM: November 7th, 2006


In 1971, Peter Bogdanovich was perhaps America’s most promising young filmmaker, having directed the remarkable “Targets” (1968) and “The Last Picture Show” (1971), earning him an Academy Award nomination for the latter.  At this point, he chose to make a documentary about legendary film director John Ford.  The result was a documentary that drew excellent reviews, following a screening at the 1971 New York Film Festival and a subsequent television broadcast. […]However, it was later withdrawn from circulation because of legal rights.  It was only in early 2006 that Bogdanovich – who was reportedly never totally happy with the 1971 version – went back and revamped the documentary to his satisfaction.  He recorded totally new interviews with Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg, and incorporated a rare audio recording of Ford and his rumored ‘significant other’ Katharine Hepburn.

  • Cast: John Ford, James Stewart, John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn, Maureen O'Hara, Henry Fonda, Harry Carey Jr.Orson Welles (narrator)
  • Director: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Writer: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Producers: Frank Marshall, James R. Silke, George Stevens Jr.
  • Exec. Producer: Tom Brown
  • Composer: Gaylord Carter
  • Editors: Mark Fitzgerald, Richard Patterson