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


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


“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


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”


“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…


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


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


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 […]

A Horse Is A Horse, Of Course…

true grit

Roy Rogers had “Trigger”, the Lone Ranger had “Silver”, and Gene Autry had “Champion.”  But what about the greatest celluloid cowboy of them all, John Wayne?  Even Jeopardy! contestants would have a hard time naming horses ridden by the Duke in his movies.  There are a few reasons for this. First of all, Wayne usually played […]

Fifty Shades Of Wayne


Much has been made of the popularity of the Fifty Shades of Grey book series as several news stories have detailed its popularity among housewives and soccer moms.  Over 65 million copies of the first steamy volume have been sold worldwide and sales have outpaced even the Harry Potter series in paperback.  Many are anticipating […]