September 15, 2017
September 13, 2017
September 9, 2017
Stars: John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey Jr. When 3 outlaws on the run find a dying woman and her newborn baby in the desert they vow to save the child.
September 8, 2017
Host Gary Sherwin takes us aboard the Wild Goose, John Wayne’s old boat in Newport Beach, California and speaks with the previous captain of the Wild Goose.
September 5, 2017
The Searchers is a 1956 American Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, and set during the Texas–Indian Wars. The picture stars John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece (Natalie Wood), along with Jeffrey Hunter as his adoptive nephew, who accompanies him.
August 20, 2017
Stars: John Wayne, Ann-Margret, Rod Taylor. A gunhand named Lane is hired by a widow, Mrs. Lowe, to find gold stolen by her husband so that she may return it and start fresh.
August 13, 2017
Stars: John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendáriz. Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan.
July 28, 2017
In 1979, President Jimmy Carter visited Wayne in his hospital deathbed and later said of him: “John Wayne was bigger than life. In an age of few heroes, he was the genuine article. But he was more than a hero; he was a symbol of many of the qualities that made America great.”
One might assume John Wayne and William F. Cody had little in common besides their Iowa origins and international fame as actors.
Unlike Cody, Wayne had not, in reality, performed any of the heroic deeds he acted out on the silver screen. He avoided military service in WWII, while many other actors volunteered; Audie Murphy, the most decorated hero of the war, went on to be a movie star, but was never in the same league with Wayne. Yet, in nearly 150 films, Wayne came to embody for 20th-century Americans the same nationalistic virtues that Cody had defined for 19th-century Americans.
Wayne easily morphed from his handsome Ringo Kid role into a middle-aged freedom fighter—Davy Crockett—and finally, like Cody, into a heroic anachronism —Rooster Cogburn. He became the symbol of America projected on screens throughout the world. Even his support of conservative causes and politicians (Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan), and an unpopular foreign war were ignored by Americans, both young and old, who found his screen persona comforting. Although Wayne played a handful of historical roles, he essentially simply played himself—just like Cody had done.
July 21, 2017