Some common characteristics of Ford films:

The phony image making, for a television spot, also embodies Ford's theme about the Lots of Ford characters have a fondness for uniforms - and the director liked to be part of a uniformed yachting crew in real life.

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So did another prolific Hollywood director, .

Considered as a movie, is not very good:

There are hints of masochistic feelings on the hero's part here, as the officer is clearly what the hero thinks of as an ideal man: upper class, really good-looking, heroic.

It has some interesting material.

Even here, Bogart has a bit more of an edge thanFord's later heroes, playing a young man who has accidentallykilled another man in a fight, and who has been sent to prisonfor manslaughter.

A number of running elements in their films are shared by both Ford and Dwan:

This is perhaps an example of corrupt authority.

This is different from the hero of , who is ineffective when he tries to take part in spectacles he has seen, such as the boxing demonstration he was put through by the Captain.

Such runs through Ford's films.

The hero's arrest forcibly puts him through a whole strange experience: arrest, parading through town, interrogation, meeting the DA, interviews by the press.

It is interesting to see it at this early date.

Even in his silent days, the heroes of hisfilms were associated with songs, that would be played as tunesby the instrumentalists that accompanied the films in the theater.

Such stunts were ideally suited to silent film, being purely visual.

It is now a trade protected by the conservative half of the public, who thinks war is good, and constantly promotes war-mongering politicians like George W.

seems basically like an apprentice work, something John Ford made while still learning his craft.

The sign in explicitly uses the words "Private Property".

When the mayor comes to deliver the sinister telegram, he is in a composition, in which the peaked roof of the building in the background forms a large triangle.

So is his parallel concern with hunger in his non-Westerns.

The 32-year old Scott was a leading man type; the 53-year old Warwick looks like a "social authority figure" - or a man playing one for war-mongering propaganda purposes.

Sheriff Davies is just in two scenes, and plays little role there.

In this, he is treated more generously than the beautifully mannered prosecutor in , whose mask eventually slips revealing a contempt for a woman witness.