The Duke and the Cavalry

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John Wayne made four movies with John Ford using the U.S. Cavalry as their theme. The first three, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and Rio Grande used the Indian Fighting Cavalry to tell the story. The fourth, The Horse Soldiers, told the story of the Civil War Cavalry. The first three movies were […]

Searcher

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What is it that first draws it to the western? Or for that matter is it the story, the folklore, the actors perhaps or just the plain and simple thought that life was truly better then? For me it is a combination of all of those reasons and so much more. But the real question […]

The Pledge Of Allegiance

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I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. “I pledge allegiance to the Flag” What do those words mean to you? To me they say, “Thank you, America, for your strength, your courage […]

God and the Duke

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“What’s this I hear- you got religion?”  John Wayne studied the man’s face for his reaction to the straight-forward question.  Duke had become acquainted with Stuart Hamblen when Hamblen had appeared in Duke’s 1945 film, “Flame of the Barbary Coast.” Even by then, Hamblen had become a well known womanizer, gambler, and alcoholic.  But something […]

No Sunset For Cowboys

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Some time ago I blogged about how our society sorely misses the values we find in old John Wayne movies.  But it’s more than just the values that keep bringing us back to The Duke and westerns in general.  Just the other day I ran across the following Wayne quote that shed new insight on […]

Remember “The Alamo”

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“Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat …some words can give you a feeling […]

Too Tough on the Rats…

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John Wayne encountered his share of rats throughout the span of his filmography, and in nearly every one, the rats got what was coming to them.  Without stirring up the wrath of PETA, I would argue that rats should be dispatched with the finality exercised by The Duke. Rats, by definition are vermin – objectionable […]

John Wayne: The Role Model

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I love movies, and have always looked for role models from the silver screen.  And when it comes to positive role models, John Wayne rises to the top of the list.  His characters epitomize doing what’s right, standing up for yourself and those weaker than you, telling the truth, keeping your word, and being a […]

Our John Wayne Love Affair

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What is it about the Duke, John Wayne, that Americans and the whole world loved and still love? It’s got to be more than the good movies he made. I mean, just this year, 34 years after his death, John Wayne finished sixth in the Harris Poll of America’s Favorite Actors. Think about that for […]

This is the West, Sir! When the Legend Becomes Fact, Print the Legend.

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Empowering words from the movie, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” But what a truer statement than that was the life of John Wayne. He was one of the first actors in Hollywood to start his own production company, called “Wayne-Fellows”  productions latter turned to “Batjac”. He was only nominated twice for an academy award, won once in […]