New book ‘The Searchers’ exposes roots of a legend

February 19, 2013 • Entertainment

This book cover image released by Bloomsbury shows “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend,” by Glenn Frankel. (AP Photo/Bloomsbury)

“The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend” (Bloomsbury), by Glenn Frankel

A modest hit in theaters in 1956, “The Searchers” has grown in stature to become, for many, the greatest Western ever filmed and one of the most influential movies. Yet it’s always been more, thematically and culturally, than just a John Wayne movie about finding a white girl abducted by Comanche Indians.

Author Glenn Frankel’s “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend” is a must-read for movie fans and anyone interested in mythmaking and the American West.

In 1836, Comanche Indians kidnapped 9-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker during a deadly raid on a white settlement in Texas. An uncle searched for her off and on for years. Login to read more

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