Category Archives: John Wayne

August 13, 2017

Complete Classic Movie: The Conqueror (1956)

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.

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July 28, 2017

John Wayne: “Bigger Than Life”

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.

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July 21, 2017

John Wayne Explains it all – Without Reservations

1946

July 8, 2017

Complete Classic Movie: The Sea Chase (1955)

Stars: John Wayne, Lana Turner, David Farrar. As World War II begins, German freighter captain Karl Ehrlich tries to get his ship back to Germany through a gauntlet of Allied warships.

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July 4, 2017

Complete Classic Movie: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

Director: John Ford. Stars: John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar. Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperiled.

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July 2, 2017

John Wayne: The Good Things

from the album America, Why I Love Her

June 25, 2017

Complete Classic Movie: The Green Berets (1968)

Stars: John Wayne, David Janssen, Jim Hutton. A cynical reporter who is opposed to the Vietnam War is sent to cover the conflict and assigned to tag along with a group of Green Berets. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General.

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June 24, 2017

Rooster Cogburn – Trailer

Sequel to True Grit

June 18, 2017

When John Wayne Traveled the Sea with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and His Family

Take a look at some rare photos of the actor’s personal life on his massive yacht, the Wild Goose.

John Wayne liked to live off the land. When the Oscar-winning actor wasn’t making movies—like Stagecoach or True Grit, which cemented his status as a movie star—he liked to head over to areas like Mexico or British Columbia on his boat, the Wild Goose, a 136-foot Navy minesweeper that he refashioned into a sea-bound home away from home. He’d entertain his family and a number of his close, famous friends, like Henry Fonda and director John Ford, finding beaches for them to relax on, or dipping into the water to scoop up fresh abalone for lunch. The boat, anchored in Newport Beach, is so iconic that in 2011, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now, select images of Wayne’s seafaring private life are on display for the public, thanks to son Ethan Wayne (the sixth out of the actor’s seven children), who has curated a series of rare and never-before-seen photos for a special exhibit at the Balboa Island Museum in California, showcasing his father’s “rugged and remote” life on the sea, he tells Vanity Fair.

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May 20, 2017

Complete Classic Movie: Brannigan (1975)

Stars: John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson. Chicago police lieutenant Jim Brannigan is sent to the UK to escort organized crime boss Ben Larkin back to the USA but Larkin’s hit-men prepare an ambush for Brannigan.

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