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John Ford-directed 'Rio Grande' to get the big-screen treatment in West Los Angeles

 John Ford-directed 'Rio Grande' to get the big-screen treatment in West Los Angeles
John Wayne, left, Maureen O’Hara and Claude Jarman Jr. in “Rio Grande.” (Archive Photos / Getty Images)

John Ford is the acknowledged master of the western, and his Cavalry trilogy one of the highpoints of his career, but "Rio Grande," the third film of the group (after "Fort Apache" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon") is not revived as often as the other two.

Now, in honor of its 65th anniversary, the 1950 film will get a big screen appearance on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Laemmle's Royal in West Los Angeles, a location that is sure to flatter the picture's expansive Monument Valley setting. More than that, costar Claude Jarman will make an appearance and participate in a Q&A after the screening.

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Jarman played Trooper Jefferson "Jeff" Yorke, assigned to the command of the father he hardly knows, Lt. Colonel Kirby Yorke, gruff as only John Wayne knew how to be. Adding spice to the story is the appearance of the trooper's mother and Yorke's estranged wife, played by Maureen O'Hara in the first of five on-screen pairings with Wayne. Sparks, as they say, will fly.

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