TCM VAULT: John Ford - The Columbia Films Collection


John Ford - The Columbia Films Collection (TCM Vault)
October 15th
The Whole Town's Talking (1935), The Long Gray Line (1955), Gideon of Scotland Yard (1958), The Last Hurrah (1958), Two Rode Together (1961)

John Ford is getting a TCM Vault release on October 15th.

The 5-disc set, John Ford - The Columbia Films Collection, will contain three new-to-DVD titles: The Whole Town's Talking (1935), Gideon of Scotland Yard (1958) and Two Rode Together (1961); and two that were previously released: The Last Hurrah (1958) and The Long Gray Line (1955).

Bonus features will be those usually associated with the Vault line (below).

Available exclusively for purchase at, this set will be available for rent here at ClassicFlix and nowhere else!

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Film Foundation and Turner Classic Movies partner to present John Ford: The Columbia Collection, a special set of fully restored and remastered films. In a remarkable career spanning 50 years and 140 films, John Ford established himself as one of the greatest American directors with such legendary Westerns as Stagecoach (1939) and The Searchers (1956) and literary adaptations as The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and Tobacco Road (1941), ultimately earning a record four Academy Awards for Best Director.

Now, John Ford: The Columbia Films Collection showcases the quality of Ford’s work for Columbia Pictures over the course of nearly three decades, in genres as diverse as Biopic and Romantic Comedy.

The Whole Town's Talking (1935)
Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur star in this comedic caper of mistaken identities, with Robinson playing the roles of a bland accountant who is mistaken for a notorious gangster and the gangster himself, who takes advantage of the resemblance for criminal schemes. Arthur finds herself caught in the crossfire in this fast-paced farce based on a story by W.R. Burnett (novelist, Little Caesar).

The Long Gray Line (1955)
Based on the true story of Marty Maher, a humble Irish immigrant who rose through the ranks to become one of West Point's most beloved instructors, The Long Gray Line is a rousing tribute to a remarkable man and his way of life. Director John Ford and star Tyrone Power, themselves the sons of Irish immigrants, bring an extra dimension of fidelity and fervor to this inspiring biography.

Newly arrived in America, Maher's first job was as a waiter at West Point. Clumsy and boisterous, he quickly broke so much of the military academy's china that he was forced to join the army to repay his debts. But once enlisted, the rough-and-ready Dubliner served his adopted nation with rare dedication, establishing himself as an inspirational coach at West Point.

Spanning 50 years and two world wars, the film shows Maher at his best, molding and motivating the young men who would become America's heroes and presidents. Filmed on location with a stellar supporting cast (including Ford favorites Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond and Harry Carey, Jr.), The Long Gray Line) is a stirring reminder of Marty Maher's proud place in history.

Gideon of Scotland Yard (1958)
Based on the popular procedural novels by John Creasey, this ingenious comedic drama is a “typical” day in the life of Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon (Jack Hawkins), which begins when an overzealous young officer issues him a ticket and ends when he returns home to find his daughter leaving on a date with that same officer. In between, the Inspector foils numerous crimes—all in a day’s work!

The Last Hurrah (1958)
In The Last Hurrah, John Ford explores the quintessential Irish-American rogue: the big city politician. Widely believed to be based on the life of Boston mayor James Curley. The Last Hurrah stars Spencer Tracey (whom Ford discovered) as mayor Frank Skeffington, the last of a dying breed of grassroots politicians.

Facing a re-election challenge from a new kind of candidate- the TV candidate- Skeffington pulls out all the stops in an old-fashioned, rip-roaring campaign which enrages the WASP establishment. Supported by a superb cast of character actors, including Pat O’Brien, John Carradine, Basil Rathbone and James Gleason (heralded at the time as the largest collection of scene-stealers ever assembled), Tracey gives a spellbinding performance in this frank and funny, and ultimately wrenching, portrait of a great man’s final days.

Two Rode Together (1961)
James Stewart plays an unethical US Marshall who is summoned to accompany an army officer (Richard Widmark) on a mission to secure the release of two prisoners from the Commanches—a journey that takes an unexpected turn when one of those captives turns out to be an alluring woman. A provocative script by Frank Nugent (The Searchers) tackles enduring questions of race, greed and love.


  • Ben Mankiewicz Intro
  • Leonard Maltin Commentaries on Each Title
  • Audie Murphy Biography
  • Scene Stills
  • Publicity Stills
  • Movie Posters
  • TCMDb Article

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