John Wayne: All American

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Soon the college bowl season will be in full swing with the pinnacle being the Discover BCS Championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame.   The game will be played January 7 on ESPN beginning at 8:30 PM eastern time.  ESPN will no doubt present the storied histories of the two schools’ gridiron programs.  Images of “Bear” […]

Our Changing World Needs ‘The Duke!’

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“I was wrong you haven’t changed, have you Jacob McAndles?” “Not one bit!” So goes a poignant exchange between Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne in the early part of “Big Jake.”  McAndles returns home after nearly 10 years to take part in the rescue effort to recover his kidnapped grandson.  Martha McAndles learns quickly that […]

Newtown, Connecticut: I Wonder What the Duke Would Say

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Just a few nights ago, I joined millions of Americans in watching the horrific reports about the killing of innocent children in the small town of Newtown, Connecticut. The senseless act of violence, while more reprehensible because of the young ages of most of the victims, seems like just another in a long line of […]

A Special 2013 Christmas Episode

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What if you were given the opportunity to travel back in time, pick your favorite John Wayne movie and write your own Christmas scene and all cast and crew were asked to commit to the moment? What have you always wanted to see in one of John’s movies? Or perhaps it’s not a what but […]

John Wayne: Actor, Director, Producer …And The Controversies

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The younger generation probably does not know him today, but John Wayne was a huge star during the 1930s to 1950s. His name is considered an icon in the film industry because he was also a successful director and producer. He may be comparable to Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, and Sylvester Stallone who directed and […]

John Wayne, A Biography

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On May 26, 1907 a 13 pound boy came into this world in Winterset Iowa. He was named Marion Robert Morrison, but his parents later changed his middle name to Mitchell when they decided to name their second son Robert. Marion Morrison would later become the actor John Wayne, fondly known as “The Duke”. Later […]

John Wayne War Movies

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When we think of John Wayne movies we probably think Western.  In fact, the Duke made a number of war movies.  Here are a few favorites. John Wayne starred in the submarine film “Operation Pacific” as Lieutenant Commander Duke Gifford.  This was a 1951 film about the submarine service in World War II.  When the […]

True Grit A John Wayne Original Tops The Remake

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Which do you prefer?  Most people have their own opinion on which release of “True Grit”  was the better movie.  The original “True Grit” starring John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn or the new version starring Jeff Bridges in that same role. My vote goes to the John Wayne original.  The part of Rooster has been […]