I've just posted to a different thread about Westerns, saying that I think The Searchers is hurt by its supporting story, the romance between Vera Miles and Jeffrey Hunter. I recognize the need for this story, in that it provides the time-frame (8 years) for the main story. But somehow, Ford and the screenwriter don't really seem to care about these extra scenes -- they're directed very flatly. This got me wondering about other films that have this problem, and I thought of one -- Vertigo. All the scenes with Barbara Bel Geddes seem poorly written and directed, even though very necessary to get out all the exposition. Any other ideas?