“The White man remembers nothing.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
… and get to know a few of them (albeit minimally) as protagonists. (For Marlon Brando’s decidedly different take on the subject, see here.) Front and central to the storyline, however, are Whites — specifically Widmark and Baker as sympathetic allies of the Cheyenne, and would-be lovers kept apart due to Baker’s rock-solid dedication to her students.
The film’s most notorious misstep — actually cut out of some viewings — was a section Ford purportedly added as an informal intermission (!!), in which Wyatt Earp (Jimmy Stewart) and Doc Holliday (Arthur Kennedy) suddenly emerge as comedic figures in Dodge City.
Setting that sequence aside (as one must do; it simply doesn’t “belong”), the remainder of the storyline gives us Edward G. Robinson as Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz:
… and Karl Malden as a sadistic concentration camp commander with a German accent.
Mineo’s role is pretty thankless, as is that of his mother (played by Dolores Del Rio).
Most notable is the beautiful cinematography by William Clothier, with good use made of location settings in Monument Valley and elsewhere.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: