John Ford, John Wayne and a Dying Horse…(walk into a bar).

A few years back I scored Hangman’s House, a 1928 silent movie directed by John Ford, for 20th Century Fox, and starring Oscar-winner Victor McLaglen. The scene I’ve posted here consists primarily of our drunken antagonist shooting the beloved, winning horse. I remember thinking that even though the scene was chaotic and violent (and could easily have been played that way, musically), to me it was dark and sad. So that’s how I scored it (though the mood changes later). Oh, and keep an eye out for a young John Wayne, who makes one of his very first film appearances. He’s the goofy guy who breaks down the fence toward the beginning.

There’s another scene from Hangman’s House in the Work section of the site.


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