Ford at Fox – DVD Box Set from Amazon

Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I enjoy shining a spotlight on quality DVD box sets for our readers, and Ford at Fox – The Collection is no exception. Featuring many of the films made by legendary director John Ford while under contract with Fox from 1920 to 1952, the set includes 21 discs mixing beloved classics with lesser-known gems.

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Available from Amazon (yes, we get a small commission if you make a purchase), this 2007 release from 20th Century Fox has a total run time of 2399 minutes, which comes to a total of over 31 hours of viewing pleasure. And in addition to the films, those who purchase this John Ford box set will also receive a Ford at Fox book of photography and reproduction souvenir brochures from movies such as Four Sons and The Iron Horse.

There’s a reason why directors such as Akira Kurosawa, Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, Ingmar Bergman, and Martin Scorsese all considered John Ford to be a major influence on their careers. Pick up Ford at Fox and find out why.

Movies Included in Ford at Fox – The Collection

Before you decide whether or not to put down money for this collection, you’ll no doubt want to known what you’re getting. Here’s a list of the films and shorts included in Ford at Fox – The Collection.

Just Pals (1920)- A silent film and Ford’s first for Fox Studios, Buck Jones stars as a small-town man who becomes friends with a homeless child.

The Iron Horse (1924) – Ford didn’t receive directorial credit for this silent-era film about the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, but it remains a must-see. Ford at Fox includes both the U.S. and U.K. versions of the film.

3 Bad Men (1926) – After her mother is killed, a young girl falls under the protection of three notorious Old West outlaws. Silent film.

Four Sons (1928) – The tale of four German brothers during the days of World War I. While three of the siblings enlist in the German military, the fourth heads to make a life in America. A mixture of sound and silent film.

Hangman’s House (1928) – An Irish saga starring Victor McLaglan. John Wayne has a minor role, and Ford went uncredited as director. The final silent film in this collection.

Born Reckless (1930) – Ford shared directorial responsibilities with Andrew Bennison in this tale of a gangster who’s sentenced to fight in World War I. Starring Edmund Lowe and Catherine Dale Owen.

Up The River (1930) – Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart make their big-screen debuts in this tale of escaped convicts. Features singing and dancing.

Seas Beneath (1931) – A thriller set on the high seas and starring George O’Brien and Marion Lessing.

Doctor Bull (1933) – John Ford and Will Rogers team up for the first of three collaborations. Rogers plays a small-town doctor who must deal with an outbreak of typhoid (but it’s still a comedy).

Pilgrimage (1933) – When a mother believes her son is about to marry a girl beneath him, she makes sure that he’s sent off to war. Tragedy results, and the mother’s plans quickly unravel. Starring Henrietta Crosman and Heather Angel.

Judge Priest (1934) – Will Rogers stars as country-fried judge who inspires those around him to do the right thing. Co-starring Hattie McDaniel and Stepin Fetchit.

The World Moves On (1934) – Details events in the United States from post-Civil War reconstruction to the Great Depression.

Steamboat Round The Bend (1935) – The last collaboration between John Ford and Will Rogers. The famed comic from Oklahoma plays a man whose nephew is in trouble with the law. In order to raise the money to hire an attorney, he navigates up and down the Mississippi River in a rickety steamboat and charges people to look at the bizarre wax figures he’s carrying.

The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936) – Warner Baxter stars as a doctor who treats John Wilkes Booth without knowing his patient’s identity. He’s sent to prison for this act.

Wee Willie Winkie (1937) – John Ford teams up with Shirley Temple at the behest of the studio.

Four Men and a Prayer (1938) – When a British military man is labeled a coward, his sons resolve to clear his name at all costs.

Drums Along The Mohawk (1939) – Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert star in this film about life on the New York frontier during the American Revolution. The first John Ford production filmed in color.

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) – A look at the early life of Abraham Lincoln. Starring Henry Fonda. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story.

The Grapes of Wrath (1940) – Ford win a Best Director Oscar for this tale of the Joads, a family who find tragedy and heartache while moving from their Dust Bowl-era farm to California. Henry Fonda stars in one of his most memorable roles.

Tobacco Road (1941) – A comedic tale of Southern cotton farmers during the Great Depression.

How Green Was My Valley (1941) – Ford won another Best Director Oscar for this tale of beautiful Welsh countryside devastated by strip-mining. Starring Maureen O’Hara and Walter Pidgeon.

My Darling Clementine (1946) – Henry Fonda stars as Old West legend Wyatt Earp in this film that includes the famed Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Also includes Ford’s own cut of the film.

When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950) – Dan Dailey stars as a young man who signs up during World War II to be a war hero, but he ends up back in his hometown training other soldiers.

What Price Glory (1952) – James Cagney stars as a Word War I soldier who renews a long-standing rivalry with a fellow Marine, this time over an innkeeper’s daughter. Comedy.

Becoming John Ford (2007) – A feature-length documentary about the genius of John Ford and his rather eccentric personality. Ford biographer Joseph McBride lends his expertise, as well as Peter Fonda and screenwriter Lem Dobbs. Includes several documentaries shot by Ford during World War II.

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John Ford – The Man and the Director

In a career that spanned over 50 years, John Ford directed an endless stream of classics that captured the majesty of the American frontier and emphasized the eternal struggle between man and his surroundings. In this section, I wanted to look at some of the more interesting facts surrounding John Ford, both as a man and a director. For those of you with short attention spans, I’ve broken these up into small, easily digestible factoids.

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Other Films by John Ford

In addition to his years at Fox, John Ford also worked for studios such as RKO. For those of you who want to view more classic films from John Ford (which aren’t included in Ford at Fox – The Collection), be sure to visit Netflix or Amazon and pick up the following:

Customer Reviews for Ford at Fox

Since Amazon offers Ford at Fox – The Collection, I thought I’d take a look at the customer comments to see what previous buyers had to say about it. Here are the results:

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