Category Archives: John Wayne

March 24, 2017

Complete Classic Movie: Without Reservations (1946)

Stars: Claudette Colbert, John Wayne, Don DeFore. Kit Madden is traveling to Hollywood, where her best-selling novel is to be filmed. Aboard the train, she encounters Marines Rusty and Dink, who don’t know she is the author of the famous book, and who don’t think much of the ideas it proposes. She and Rusty are greatly attracted, but she doesn’t know how to deal with his disdain for the book’s author.

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March 2, 2017

Complete Classic Movie: Back to Bataan (1945)

Stars: John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Beulah Bondi. In 1942, after the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese, U.S. Army Col. Joseph Madden stays behind to organize the local resistance against the Japanese invaders.

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February 28, 2017

Complete Classic Movie: McQ (1974)

Stars: John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur. Seattle cop Lon McQ investigates the murder of his best friend and the corruption within the police department.

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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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