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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby Professional Tourist » May 26th, 2013, 1:41 pm

moirafinnie wrote:Happy Birthday to John Wayne, born 116 years ago today.

Well, given that Mr. Wayne is said to have been born in 1907 (IMDb) and we are now in 2013, that should mean he was born 106 years ago today. :oops: [I didn't think he was older than AM. . . .] Happy Birthday, Mr. Wayne. :)

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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby moira finnie » May 26th, 2013, 2:00 pm

Professional Tourist wrote:
moirafinnie wrote:Happy Birthday to John Wayne, born 116 years ago today.

Well, given that Mr. Wayne is said to have been born in 1907 (IMDb) and we are now in 2013, that should mean he was born 106 years ago today. :oops: [I didn't think he was older than AM. . . .] Happy Birthday, Mr. Wayne. :)

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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby CineMaven » May 31st, 2013, 9:08 pm

I've never seen "THE SEA CHASE" with John Wayne and Lana Turner. But my friend Brian has. And he's got a review about this interesting movie. Check it out:

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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby MissGoddess » May 31st, 2013, 9:28 pm

I appreciated that, thanks CineMaven. I have always liked The Sea Chase and have always been alone in my liking of it, until now! :D :D
I especially liked what your friend wrote here:

"Either way, it strikes me as an unfair assessment of a film that stands today as a sterling example of a well-made studio product that dared to tell a story that was markedly different from the typical war movie of the era and treated its subject and characters with a respect that wouldn’t have been allowed ten or even five years earlier. It’s also a film that wouldn’t stand a chance of being made today, nor would it have been in the last 30 years, unless someone like Wolfgang Petersen had made it in Germany during his DAS BOOT phase....Today, when a typical studio production is likely to be an action film starring The Rock, a superhero CGI fest filled with comic book characters, a slapstick comedy starring Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler, or a computer animated children’s film, it’s nice to recall an era when movies were made by grown-ups for grown-ups yet could be appreciated as well by children with a healthy curiosity about the adult world."
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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby RedRiver » June 1st, 2013, 2:45 pm

This is not a bad movie at all. One of the great WW2 films? Maybe not. But it's respectful, thoughtful and different. John Wayne as a German? This still boggles the mind! Even in 1955, this choice took courage on the part of actor and studio. This quiet adventure by the under appreciated John Farrow (see WHERE DANGER LIVES, FIVE CAME BACK, the exceptional WAKE ISLAND) is not overly dramatic, could even use a shot of adrenaline; but it's interesting and exciting in its way. I've liked this movie since I saw it on The Early Show some fifty years ago!

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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby CineMaven » June 1st, 2013, 7:52 pm

MissGoddess wrote:I appreciated that, thanks CineMaven. I have always liked The Sea Chase and have always been alone in my liking of it, until now! :D :D

Thanxx for reading my friend's work, Miss G.. :) Brian's a great fan of classic films and appreciates a good story that doesn't insult the audience's intelligence.
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Postby CineMaven » June 1st, 2013, 7:57 pm

...And might I add, Miss G., that your avatar of Robert Montgomery looks mighty ducky! :)
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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby pvitari » June 1st, 2013, 10:56 pm

Report from the John Wayne festival now posted on the Ben Johnson page. http://benjohsonfanpage.shutterfly.com/festivals

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Aissa Wayne and Maureen O'Hara symbolically breaking ground for the new museum which actually should start construction in the fall.
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Birthplace president Joe Zuckschwerdt, Aissa Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and Birthplace Executive Director Brian Downes. See the guy in the back with the sunglasses and black cowboy hat? His name is Jim and he knew Ben Johnson a bit. I'm hoping to do an interview with him in the future.
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Aissa Wayne talking to a guy whose name IS (he says) John T. Wayne. He's written a series of western-themed novels, the "Gaslight Boys" series. Look up John T. Wayne and "Gaslight Boys" on Amazon -- you'll find the books there. I talked to him for a while and he does look amazingly like John Wayne, including the very very blue eyes.
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Main square, Winterset, with courthouse dome.
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The Quiet Man poster at the Iowa Theater. Saw Rio Grande and The Wings of Eagles there, and about 1/2 hour of The Quiet Man. The Quiet Man was packed -- completely full. Everyone was utterly rapt. They were LOVING it.
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The John Wayne Birthplace.
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This is the Friday night Western swing dance. Maureen came with her family -- that's her grandson Conor in the cowboy hat on the right -- and she sat for individual photos with a long line of adoring fans. Afterwards she left, but then...
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Conor came back with his family and he danced with daughter Baylee. I used to dance like that with my feet on daddy's feet. :) You can't see it in this photo (but you can in other photos I posted on my page) but Conor's wife Elga is taking photos of this. Soooo cute!
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Pancake breakfast at the Winterset firehouse. Yum!
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The Iowa Theater
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Glenn Frankel, author of The Searchers: Making of an American Legend. (Make sure you read April's interview with him at directedbyjohnford.com.) This is right before he signed my copy. :)
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The Saturday night benefit gala dinner. 800 people -- sold out! It was crowded. When they wheeled in Maureen in her chair, everyone jumped their feet and gave her a huge standing ovation. ;)
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I managed to snap this picture of her. Most of the time all I could see was her hair. :)
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The Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band. The Birthplace staff scheduled lots of superb entertainment -- an Irish-American soprano who sang songs from The Quiet Man (and "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" from Rio Grande), the bagpipers, and two young ladies who did Irish dance with the bagpipers. You could tell they were thrilled to death to be dancing for the one and only Maureen O'Hara.
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Well, there's a lot more so please go to the webpage, http://benjohnsonfanpage.shutterfly.com/festivals and read the story (a bit more than what's here) and also look at the photos. I've put comments on quite a few of the individual photos so despite the fact that I'll never win an award for photography you might want to click through them all quickly looking for the ones with comments.

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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby JackFavell » June 2nd, 2013, 5:19 pm

That closeup shows she's still gorgeous. Thanks Paula for the wonderful pics.

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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby Rita Hayworth » June 2nd, 2013, 6:34 pm

Paula, I just wanted to say thanks for posting these wonderful pictures of Maureen O'Hara and the John Wayne's Birthday Celebration as well. I just enjoyed them immensely ...

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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby Sue Sue Applegate » June 5th, 2013, 10:50 pm

Paula, these photos are wonderful! I am so happy that you got to go. What a blessing you are to us for sharing your lovely experience! :lol:
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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby Fossy » June 6th, 2013, 6:45 am

And doesn`t she look well.

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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby Lzcutter » June 7th, 2013, 8:44 pm

Thanks to character actor Jim Beaver (you may know him as Ellsworth from Deadwood, or Dean and Sam's father figure on Supernatural or Shelby on Justified and he is a John Wayne scholar to boot!), when Ethan Wayne found a couple of boxes of letters and an unfinished autobiography of his father, John Wayne, Jim Beaver told him that all of that should be put together in a book.

Lucky for all of us, Ethan Wayne took Jim Beaver's advice. That book has just been published!

Read it about here:

Michael Goldman’s book John Wayne: The Genuine Article opens with two prologues. The first is from Ethan Wayne, the Duke’s youngest son. The other is from President Carter, who’s long been one of the most hated political figures among the right-wing circles of which Wayne was a proud member.

If the latter author seems surprising to Wayne fans, it’s the first of many unexpected shadings that the book provides to the seemingly straightforward cowboy icon. (Upon Carter’s election, Wayne sent the new president a congratulatory telegram from the “loyal opposition” — he had sent similar missives to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson as well — and he later also supported him on the Panama Canal Treaty, breaking with his friend and fellow California Republican Ronald Reagan.)

For more: http://variety.com/2013/film/news/john-wayne-emerges-from-the-inside-out-1200492739/
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Re: John Wayne, Lest We Forget

Postby Rita Hayworth » June 7th, 2013, 9:05 pm

Interesting Reading Lzcutter, and I will be looking forward reading about it. I loved any book of John Wayne ... and this one is a good read. I just read the article from Variety and I enjoyed reading the excerpts of that book.

Thanks for pointing it out to all of us ...


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