The Director/Actor Partnership: After working together on Salute - which gifted stuntman John Wayne his first speaking role - these two "learned to share all the secrets of friendship".
They ended up making 18 movies together, most of them Westerns, and they saw themselves mostly as master and apprentice despite their friendship. Ford knew exactly how to deal with Wayne if he'd had too many drinks: "Act your age. You're not a prop boy any more. Go to bed."
Collaborations: Mother Machree, Salute, Stage Coach, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Vance, Donovan's Reef, Fort Apache, Three Godfathers, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Rio Grande, The Horse Soldiers, The Long Voyage Home, They Were Expendable.
If You Only Watch One:The Searchers is John Ford's epic masterpiece, and one that cannot be missed.