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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


John Wayne
(1907-1979), born Marion Morrison

The Duke was the epitome of the American movie star in a career that spanned six decades. Though mostly noted for Westerns, Wayne appeared in a great variety of films outlasting many contemporaries. To many around the world John Wayne was the image of America.

The Quiet Man (1952)Haven't you seen The Quiet Man (1952)? Wayne portrays Sean Thornton, an American returning to his roots in Ireland. It is one of the great romantic films of all time. Maureen O'Hara co-stars. A true classic film by John Ford.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

The Alamo (1960) Wayne produced and directed this epic tale of the Texas Revolution of 1835-36. He originally intended to appear in a cameo as Sam Houston, but his backers insisted he star. He portrays Davy Crockett. A flawed, but still worthwhile film. Try to see the restored "Director's cut", now out of print.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) The second of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy" and the only one in color. Wayne delivers one of the best performances of his career as Captain Nathan Brittles, a career soldier nearing retirement. It is a powerful portrayal of a warrior seeking a peaceful solution to a looming Indian uprising. Magnificent!
True Grit (1969) John Wayne was awarded an Oscar for Best Actor in this rollicking film from the Charles Portis novel. It is a good performance in an enjoyable film. The supporting cast is outstanding.
Stagecoach (1939) This is the film that started the Duke on the road to stardom after laboring for nearly 10 years in low budget features, learning his craft. John Ford gave him the chance to show what he could do. His Ringo Kid is a memorable Western character.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Tues, May 14 2002 / 16:26:26 PST

Academy Awards®
© A.M.P.A.S.®
1949 Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role: SANDS OF IWO JIMA
1960 Nominated for Best Picture of the Year: THE ALAMO — Producer
1969 Won Best Actor in a Leading Role: TRUE GRIT


  • The Duke! So many movies to love.
    For a fun fight see "McClintock".
    "The Man who Shot Liberty Valance" with James Stewart and Lee Marvin is a must see. And "The Sons of Katie Elder" to see the gunfighter regret his life choices.

    By Blogger DianeC, at Mon Aug 29, 06:21:00 AM PDT  

  • Date: May 16 2002 / 18:12:47

    Just additional fuel for the fire.

    The Quiet Man (1952) As mentioned in the main showcase, I also love this movie. The fight scene with Victor McLaglen makes this movie a must see.
    The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) Another good one, this one with Oliver Hardy
    Flying Tigers (1942) One of many foree's into WW 2, this one flying the hump with Chenaults boys.
    The Longest Day (1962) With June 6th coming up, this has to be a must see, with a cast of quite a few buig name stars. See if you can find Sean Connery in it.
    The Searchers (1956) Talk about expressed hatred on the screen. The Duke shows plenty against the Indians who killed and kidnapped family.

    By Anonymous Tim Smith, at Thu Sep 01, 08:06:00 AM PDT