The 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
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.
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.
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
- 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.