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Portland in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
John Ford Memorial
 
John Ford Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, July 5, 2009
1. John Ford Memorial
bronze statue of Ford (sculpted by George Kelly), surrounded by stone monuments commemorating the six Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences "Oscars" awarded to the director.
 
Inscription.
[On the base of the John Ford statue]:
John Ford, Director
- “I Make Westerns”

Born: John Martin Feeney, 2-1-1894
Died: John Ford, 8-31-1973

Portland High School Class of 1914

Married Mary McBride Smith of North Carolina, 1920 - From Laurinburg, NC
[inscription here also contains the logo of the Daughters of the American Revolution]

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Nataninez / Tall Soldier - Navajo Nation

The gift of this statue to the citizens of Portland Maine, the United States of America, and the Ford descendants by Mrs Linda Noe Lane of Monroe, Louisiana is in grateful memory of her friendship and respect for Mary and John Ford. Dedicated July 12, 1998.

["Oscar" Marker Stone 1]:
The Informer
(1935)
John Ford received his first Academy Award for direction in this I.R.A. story of friendship, betrayal, guilt and redemption set in 1922 in Dublin, Ireland.
A landmark film in the early sound era and the first to win 5 major Academy Awards. Fordís stylistic impressionism with its use of shadow, tempo and subjectivity make this a film classic.

["Oscar" Marker Stone 2]:
The Grapes of Wrath
(1940)
This cinema masterpiece adapted
 
John Ford Memorial - Oscar Marker Stone 1 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, July 5, 2009
2. John Ford Memorial - Oscar Marker Stone 1
 
from John Steinbeckís novel is the definitive portrayal of the Great Depression in America and the common manís struggle.
Fordís humane characterization of the Joad familyís plight and trek to California is presented in a documentary style with social concern and “hope for our people.” The film earned Ford his second Academy Award.

["Oscar" Marker Stone 3]:
How Green Was My Valley
(1940)
The film was the recipient of six Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. It was a sentimental memory story of a Welsh mining family and its eventual disintegration.
Fordís choreographed scenes, choral background music and ritualized depiction of family loss and social change in the modern industrial age was superb.

["Oscar" Marker Stone 4]:
The Battle of Midway
(1942)
As chief of the field photographic branch of the O.S.S., Navy Commander John Ford and his crew were responsible for filming many of the battles of World War II.
This authentic, stirring film of the battle, documenting the turning point in the Pacific Theatre won the Academy Award for best documentary. It was, according to Ford, “a film for the mothers of America.”

["Oscar" Marker Stone 5]:
December 7th
(1943)
John Ford earned his fifth Oscar
 
John Ford Memorial - Oscar Marker Stone 2 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, July 5, 2009
3. John Ford Memorial - Oscar Marker Stone 2
 
for this documentary detailing the United States Navyís comeback after the devastation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Homage was paid to the soldiers from different services, different regions and different racial origins. The film affirmed a “we are all Americans” theme.

["Oscar" Marker Stone 6]:
The Quiet Man
(1952)
John Fordís courtship love story celebrated the heritage and customs of his familyís native Ireland, earning him his sixth Oscar.
With Maureen OíHara and John Wayne as its principal actors, the movie was gloriously filmed in Technicolor and scored with traditional Irish songs. The film was a joyous return to the land and family and continues to be his most popular film.
 
Erected 1998 by Mrs Linda Noe Lane.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Markers Attached to Sculpture marker series.
 
Location. 43° 39.276′ N, 70° 15.439′ W. Marker is in Portland, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Fore Street, on the right when traveling north on Pleasant Street. Click for map. The John Ford memorial is at "Gorham Corner", the intersection of Pleasant, Fore, York, Danforth and Center Streets in Portland, Maine. It is one block northwest of Commercial Street (U.S. Highway 1) via Center Street. Marker is in this post office area: Portland ME 04101, United States of America.
 
John Ford Memorial - Oscar Marker Stone 3 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, July 5, 2009
4. John Ford Memorial - Oscar Marker Stone 3
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wadsworth-Longfellow House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Portland Civil War Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin Street Wharf (approx. half a mile away); The Site of Fort Loyal (approx. 0.6 miles away); India Street Terminal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Home of Elias and Elizabeth Widgery Thomas (approx. 0.6 miles away); War of Independence Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rear Admiral James Alden (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Portland.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. IMDb biography of John Ford. (Submitted on July 18, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. RADM John Ford, USN. (Submitted on July 18, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. John Ford. (Submitted on July 18, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
4. John Ford Westerns (search). (Submitted on July 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Hollywood; cinema; George Kelly; Irish-Americans
 
John Ford Memorial - Oscar Marker Stone 4 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, July 5, 2009
5. John Ford Memorial - Oscar Marker Stone 4
 
 
John Ford Memorial - Oscar Marker Stone 5 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, July 5, 2009
6. John Ford Memorial - Oscar Marker Stone 5
 
 
John Ford Memorial - Oscar Marker Stone 6 Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, July 5, 2009
7. John Ford Memorial - Oscar Marker Stone 6
 
 
John Ford Memorial Statue - by George Kelly Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, July 5, 2009
8. John Ford Memorial Statue - by George Kelly
 
 
John Ford Memorial - inscriptions on base of statue Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, July 5, 2009
9. John Ford Memorial - inscriptions on base of statue
 
 
RAdm John Ford, U.S. Navy Photo, Click for full size
Naval Historical Center
10. RAdm John Ford, U.S. Navy
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,518 times since then. Last updated on March 23, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on July 18, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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