The Essence of Being John Wayne

John Wayne in True Grit

There is a scene in True Grit which presents the essence of the American hero: John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn faces of with a gang of bad guys, all alone, ultimately managing to defeat them all. It is a splendid shot, in which it is pretty clear who has the best chances of actually getting out […]

Whatever Happened To . . .

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I love that AMC shows John Wayne movies frequently.  With regular television now providing only crime shows, reality shows, or sitcoms that would’ve received an R rating a few years ago, it is nice to be able to go to a channel and find a classic from the Duke. The other day, I happened to […]

A Horse Is A Horse, Of Course…

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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 […]

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: Three Classic Westerns!

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As a film buff, I have nothing but respect and admiration for John Wayne. He was known for playing a cowboy, and a damned good one at that. He is the quintessential star of the American Western film. Clint Eastwood can be the current poster boy for country films and the Republican Party, but John […]

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 […]