Portland in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
John Ford Memorial
[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]:
A landmark film in the early sound era and the first to win 5 major Academy Awards. Ford’s stylistic impressionism with its use of shadow, tempo and subjectivity make this a film classic.
["Oscar" Marker Stone 2]:
Ford’s humane characterization of the Joad family’s 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]:
Ford’s 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]:
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]:
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]:
With Maureen O’Hara 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.
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. Touch 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.
Other nearby markers. Wadsworth-Longfellow House ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Portland Civil War Monument ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Portland Maine Freedom Trail Hack Stand of Reuben Ruby ( approx. ¼ mile away); Secondhand Clothing Store of Lloyd Scott ( approx. ¼ mile away); Mariner's Church ( approx. ¼ mile away); First Parish Church ( approx. ¼ mile away); Portland Maine World War II Memorial ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Portland Maine Spanish War/World War I Memorial ( approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
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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
Categories. • Entertainment • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,532 times since then and 113 times this year. 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.