Category Archives: John Wayne

December 25, 2016

John Wayne ~ The Jules Verne Festival’s Tribute

September 21, 2016

Complete Classic Movie: Blood Alley (1955)

Stars: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix. A merchant marine captain, rescued from the Chinese Communists by local villagers, is “shanghaied” into transporting the whole village to Hong Kong on an ancient paddle steamer.

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August 6, 2016

John Wayne: American Icon

John Wayne may have ridden off into the proverbial sunset, but his filmography remains, and it stands as a stark rebuke to those who would denigrate his memory and our nation’s cherished ideals.

For nearly five decades, John Wayne roped, wrangled, and punched his way through hundreds of films and into our collective memories. His image symbolized the rugged individualism that characterized an idealized America — an America rooted in liberty and the notion that one controls his own destiny. Wayne’s characters reflected values he aspired to, but did not always achieve, and he once remarked that he played only the type of man he would like to have been. Strengthened by a respect for the nation’s past and its cherished traditions, Wayne seemed almost archaic in a rapidly changing world. It was that sense of strength that drew successive generations to him. He reminded us of the things that made America great, and we admired him for it.

Wayne’s folkloric stature in America, while still intact in many corners, has taken a hit in the last 40 years. Recently, a California legislative resolution to establish a statewide “John Wayne Day” failed to pass — falling six votes short in the 80-member assembly. The resolution praised Wayne as the “prototypical American hero, symbolizing such traits as self-reliance, grace under pressure and patriotism.” Those legislators who voted against the measure cited a 1974 Playboy magazine interview in which Wayne made intemperate remarks about black and indigenous Americans. Such retrospective moral condemnation, however, has never prevented the progressive Left from glorifying public figures such as the eugenicist Margaret Sanger and the environmentalist John Muir, who at one time or another publicly held controversial ideas about race. It’s more likely that Wayne’s outdated masculinity and his identification with an American past that has fallen out of favor were the cause of the resolution’s defeat. In any case, it is emblematic of the cultural shift that devalues what was once held in high regard, and elevates that which was once reviled.


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July 9, 2016

Complete Classic Movie: McQ (1974)

Stars: John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur. Police Lieutenant Lon McQ unearths departmental corruption when he learns his murdered partner was one of many crooked cops. Meanwhile, he becomes romantically involved with his friend’s widow, who is up to her neck in police corruption.

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June 7, 2016

The Dastardly Bruce Dern

The Academy Award-nominated actor is best known for one gasp-inducing moment?—?when he pulled the trigger on an unarmed John Wayne in “The Cowboys.”

Bruce Dern knows you probably will never forgive him. But he’s not the least bit sorry for what he did.

Indeed, in his autobiography?—?titled, only half-jokingly, Things I’ve Said, But Probably Shouldn’t Have: An Unrepentant Memoir (Wiley, 2007)?—?Dern sounds positively proud of the most dastardly deed he’s ever committed on-screen: gunning down an unarmed John Wayne in front of a gaggle of young buckaroos in The Cowboys (1972). The first time he saw the movie at a public screening, Dern recalls, was “the only time I’ve ever been in a theater watching a film I was in where I heard an audience gasp. They actually gasped.”

Chalk it up as one of many times the TV and film veteran has made a profound impact throughout his career spanning nearly six decades. Like many actors of his generation, Dern earned his spurs playing small parts in TV dramas such as Wagon Train and Gunsmoke before graduating to standout supporting roles in feature films. He attracted attention in such movies as Hang ’Em High (1968), Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969), and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) before dispatching The Duke.


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May 19, 2016

Complete Classic Movie: The Long Voyage Home (1940)

Stars: John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond. Aboard the freighter Glencairn, the lives of the crew are lived out in fear, loneliness, suspicion and cameraderie. The men smuggle drink and women aboard, fight with each other, spy on each other, comfort each other as death approaches, and rescue each other from danger.

May 14, 2016

Missing Quiet Man sidecar finds home at JW Museum

O’Hara’s legacy leaves sidecar to John Wayne museum.

Remember that iconic Irish sidecar – or jaunting car – in the opening scenes of “The Quiet Man”?

It can now be found at the John Wayne Museum in Winterset.

It went missing for awhile, but turned up again recently among the estate of the late actress Maureen O’Hara.

Quiet Man devotees will recall that, in the movie’s opening scenes, Barry Fitzgerald meets John Wayne at the train station with this very sidecar and re-acquaints the returning American with the picturesque landscapes of his native Ireland. The horse-drawn cart also figures memorably in the chaperoned courting scenes between Wayne and O’Hara.

The sidecar from the 1952 academy award-winning picture has been made available to the museum by O’Hara’s grandson, Conor FitzSimons.

“After visiting the birthplace of her life-long friend and co-star in 2013, my grandmother determined that this would be the ideal facility to exhibit this prized relic from her favorite film of all time,” FitzSimons said.

It had been rumored for years that the sidecar was in storage at O’Hara’s home in Ireland. That was confirmed by her grandson, who recalled playing on it as a child.


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May 8, 2016

John Wayne Great Western Savings Commercial

“The magic is as wide as a smile and as narrow as a wink, loud as laughter and quiet as a tear, tall as a tale and deep as emotion. So strong, it can lift the spirit. So gentle, it can touch the heart. It is the magic that begins the happily ever after.” – Unknown

May 1, 2016

Texas Will Make May 26 ‘John Wayne Day’

“Texas was always an important place to our father,” said Ethan Wayne, the son of the movie icon. “He starred, directed and produced one of his most distinguishing films, The Alamo, and told stories of how he felt it could have been his second home. The culture of the state and the strong pride of this American community reflects the spirit of John Wayne himself.”

Texas lawmakers named May 26 as “John Wayne Day” in the state.

According to PRNewswire, “Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation declaring the iconic star an honorary Texan.”

Wayne rose to fame as one of the most popular movie starts during the 20th century.

PRNewswire reports he’s respected not only a talented movie star, but also “as a loving father, a fisherman, a horseman, a hunter, an adventurer and an unabashed patriot of the United States of America.”

“The Duke’s independent spirit embodies what it means to be a Texan and personifies the storied history of the Lone Star State,” said Gov. Abbott. “I am proud to join all Texans in honoring his legacy and celebrating May 26th as ‘John Wayne Day’.”

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April 29, 2016

Calif. lawmakers strike down resolution to honor actor John Wayne (Video)

“Opposing the John Wayne Day resolution is like opposing apple pie, fireworks, baseball, the Free Enterprise system and the Fourth of July!” he said later in a written statement.

The California Assembly refused to pass a resolution Thursday which would have set aside a day to honor renowned actor John Wayne because of statements he made about racial minorities and his support for the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee and John Birch Society.

Wayne, who grew up in Glendale, Calif., grew into the star of movies including The Alamo,” ”The Green Beret,” and “True Grit,” for which he won an Academy Award, while portraying the gruff, rugged cowboys and brave soldiers who were his stock in trade.

Assemblyman Matthew Harper, R-Huntington Beach, sought to declare May 26, 2016, as John Wayne Day to mark the day the actor was born. However, opposing lawmakers quickly railed against the resolution citing racial comments he made throughout his life.

“He had disturbing views towards race,” objected Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, leading off a 20-minute debate.


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