DIRECTOR: JOHN FORD
CAST: JOHN WAYNE
The biblical Magi are reimagined as a trio of bank robbers—John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, and Harry Carey, Jr.—fleeing from Ward Bond’s pursuing posse when they most unexpectedly find themselves playing papa with a foundling newborn infant son. Capturing the pitiless Death Valley landscape in blazing Technicolor, Ford’s outlaw allegory is melancholic and broadly comic by turns, before a moving conclusion that vaults it into the sublimely saccharine.
Screening as a part of Holidays at Metrograph.