RIO GRANDE (1950)
Directed by Richard Ford; screenplay by James Kevin McGuiness from a story by James Warner Bellah. Starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara & Ben Johnson.
John Ford directs the Duke in the third installment of the “cavalry” series where JW and the boys save the day yet again. (Fort Apache & She Wore A Yellow Ribbon being the first two.) Although She Wore A Yellow is my favorite of the three, Rio Grande has something the other two films don’t have — a UFO zipping back in forth behind the Duke’s head in the background. It pops into view right around the 1:14:05 mark and zips back and forth for a bit. — The story goes that neither Ford, nor his DP Bert Glenndon saw it while filming, but there it was captured on film for all the world to see. Is it a UFO? Who cares, it’s a great Hollywood legend/story, and that’s all that really matters.
Wish I had a clip to show you, but it looks like you’re going to have to rent, buy, steal, or borrow a copy on your own. Sorry ’bout that.