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The Searchers

The Young CowboyThe Searchers is a 1956 epic Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May. It is the story of Ethan Edwards, a middle-aged Civil War veteran portrayed by John Wayne, who spends years looking for his abducted niece.

What do you know about the movie The Searchers? Try this Western Films FUN Trivia quick quiz.

1. While a commercial success upon its 1956 release, The Searchers received no Academy Award nominations. It was named the Greatest Western of all time by the American Film Institute in 2008.

  • True or False?

2. Shortly after his arrival, a Comanche raid leaves Ethan's brother Aaron and sister-in-law Martha, his nephew, Ben, all dead, and his two nieces, Lucy and Debbie, abducted, and the family homestead burned down. Who played Lucy

  • Pipper Lorie
  • Pippa Scott
  • Jane Pipper

3. After the funeral, a group led by Captain Rev. Samuel Johnston Clayton goes in search of the raiding party. Who played Capt. Clayton?

  • Ward Bond
  • Clayton Moore
  • Leonard Slye

4. Who played Brad Jorgensen, Lucy's fianc�?

  • James Arness
  • Harry Carey, Jr.
  • Ben Johnson

5. Aaron's adopted son, Martin Pawley played by Jeffrey Hunter. Who played his girlfriend Laurie Jorgensen?

  • Maggen Foster
  • Vera Miles
  • Dawn Wells

6. Ethan and Martin continue to search for Debbie, a search that goes on for five years. During that time, she grows into adolescence and is taken as mate by Scar (Henry Brandon), the chief of the Nawyecka band of Comanche.

  • True or False?

7. Who plays the older Debbie Edwards?

  • Lana Wood
  • Natalie Wood
  • Debbie Reynolds

8. While the movie was primarily set in the staked plains (Llano Estacado) of Northwest Texas, where was it actually filmed?

  • Alberta, Canada
  • Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah
  • Durango, Mexico

9. Who did Ford originally wanted to cast as Martin Pawley, according to a videotaped interview?

  • Fess Parker
  • Clint Walker
  • Audie Murphy

10. He lifts Debbie in his arms just as he did when she was a child. Ethan brings Debbie to the safety of friends and then walks away. The film ends with the film's players enter the darkness within the doorway, and the door closes, just before the end title, leaving Ethan isolated outside where he turns and wanders away into the wilderness.

  • True or False?

The Searchers Answers

  1. True
  2. Pippa Scott
  3. Ward Bond
  4. Harry Carey, Jr.
  5. Vera Miles
  6. True
  7. Natalie Wood
  8. Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah
  9. Fess Parker
  10. True

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