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Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Sun May 27, 2007 10:56 am

Greetings one & all...
Today, May 26th 2007, is the 100th birthday of an American Icon...John Wayne.
Born as Marion Michael Morrison in Winterset, Iowa on May 26th, 1907...the Duke, as he was known to his friends passed on into history on June 11th, 1979. He was just 72 yrs old. He's buried in Newport Beach, CA. No one person has yet to fill his shoes, symbolizing the spirit & strength of America since then.
So I just wanted to remember a man who was, and still a role model with me, and a personal hero as well.
Happy Birthday, Duke. Some of us certainly do miss your presence, particuraly in these chaotic times today.
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Sun May 27, 2007 11:01 am

Happy Birthday to the Duke!!!

One of the greatest acting icons in films ever!

He was a mans man and wielded an unusual amount of influence offscreen.

On my top 3 actors list. And he wasn't acting much.
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Sun May 27, 2007 11:35 am

Happy 100th!!!......Wow, 100....dam that's old!! Cudos to a wonderful actor ......

Quoting DL021 (Reply 1):
One of the greatest acting icons in films ever!

For sure!

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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Sun May 27, 2007 12:09 pm

Made well known to me by my Pappy (Mother's father) (rest his soul) I got to know the Duke. Happy Birthday!!!!

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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Sun May 27, 2007 1:21 pm



I've seen, to date, 129 films, of the 142 that John Wayne was the lead actor in.

Absolutely brilliant actor and person. Wayne was politically a right-wing conservative. Asked in 1966 and 1970 by the GOP to run for California governoer, Wayne declined. Wayne was married three times during his life, all of them Spanish ladies!  yes 

Various public locations have been named in memory of John Wayne. They include John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, where his life-size statue graces the entrance. Woot, my home airport; SNA.

His footprints at Grauman's Chinese theater in Hollywood are the most visited of anyone to be honored with this fame.

My five top John Wayne films in order.

1. Hatari
2. Rio Bravo
3. Quiet Man
4. North to Alaska
5. Hellfighters.

Long Live the Duke!!! 26 May 1907 - June 11, 1979.
 
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Sun May 27, 2007 2:22 pm

Today, May 26th 2007, is the 100th birthday of an American Icon...John Wayne.
Born as Marion Michael Morrison in Winterset, Iowa on May 26th, 1907...the Duke, as he was known to his friends passed on into history on June 11th, 1979. He was just 72 yrs old.


He might have made a hundred if he didn't smoke too many cigarettes.



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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Sun May 27, 2007 5:38 pm

Happy B-day old chap. You did some awesome movies and you couldn't have ask for someone better for the roles you played in them.

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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 10:08 am

Quoting FXramper (Reply 4):
My five top John Wayne films in order.

1. Hatari
2. Rio Bravo
3. Quiet Man
4. North to Alaska
5. Hellfighters.

Big Jake

The Cowboys

Sands of Iwo Jima

The Green Berets

The Shootist

(Descending order to number one) (and don't read anything into three of these being some of the only ones he ever died in)

The Shootist was one of the great western films ever.....period.

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 5):

He might have made a hundred if he didn't smoke too many cigarettes.

I remember he and Yul Brynner made those commercials about smoking that were aired post-mortem. There may have also been an issue where he made that movie about Genghis Khan near the radioactive desert.
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 10:10 am

There's a big huge ass celebration in Winterset this weekend. Went there and had several news crews there as well. For really not knowing a damn thing about him, admittedly, quite a lot of fun. They broke ground on a new John Wayne Museum this weekend. The opening date ... of course ... escapes me at the moment.

Anyway, crowd of thousands there. Met several people from around the world ... England, Japan, Italy, Brazil, Canada, you name it. Hotels were booked as far out as Omaha.
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 10:16 am

Clearly his best work . . .

In Harms Way

The Green Beret

Rooster Cogburn and the Lady

The Hellfighters

The Shootist

An American Icon almost without equal . . . .

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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 10:48 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
Clearly his best work . . .

In Harms Way

I should have had a top six.

True Grit was definitely in the top seven.....he did all those movies with a half an operating lung.

The jump at the end of the movie over the fence of the cemetary.....it was him.


A much related story without real source..(it's in his IMDB bio...or a version is)..He was staying at a LAS hotel during the early sixties and Frank Sinatra was downstairs having a party. He called down and asked for the noise to be abated around 0200....it was late and he wanted to sleep. The noise carried on. He called again and someone was rude to him and he went down the the lower floor and knocked on the door. The person who answered slammed the door in his face, and he yelled through the door to get that persons attention. When he saw the person looking through the peephole he punched through the door knocking the person out (another version of this story has him backhanding the rude person into unconsciousness and the punch thru the door was to knock out his friend playing a practical joke....either way he was a truly tough customer in real life).
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 10:57 am

My faves in no particular order - I couldn't pick just 5:

Hatari

The Green Berets

They Were Expendable

In Harms Way

The High & The Mighty

The Sea Chase

The Fighting SeaBees

Flying Tigers

The Hellfighters

True Grit

These pictures are all flawed in some way or another, and in each Wayne was just playing himself - But I like'em anyway!!

Happy B-day Duke!
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 11:00 am

Quoting DL021 (Reply 7):
he ever died in

I've only managed to watch Wake of the Red Witch once.  no 

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
Clearly his best work . . .

 confused 

Shootist? Chalk that up with McQ for lame.  no 

Hatari? Rio Bravo? Donavan's Reef? McClintock? Searchers? Hondo?

All are ten times better than Shootist...same goes for Green Berets... rotfl 

I'll take him in the Alamo for that sort of roll. In Harms Way is like two movies.

First half is excellent, second is lame.  yes 


I remember being a kid, and they released Hondo, and you could get the 3D glasses at the local Kroger to watch it!  bouncy 
 
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 11:06 am

He was a right-wing idiot who never served in WWII. Icon, yes. Good actor...NO. "Great American"....debatable.
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 11:13 am

He was a right-wing idiot who never served in WWII.

I believe John Wayne and Ronald Reagan had ceremonial role in the military. They were not Jimmy Stewart or Clark Gable.
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 11:17 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 14):


believe John Wayne and Ronald Reagan had ceremonial role in the military. They were not Jimmy Stewart or Clark Gable.

correct. JW and RR "served" stateside.
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 11:40 am

I just stumbled on to this one channel surfing last night. Never knew about it. Sounded like a good combination...the Duke and Jets ! .



Whoa! What a stinker of a movie !
He's married to a Russian spy who is about to get arrested. So the Duke "borrows" an Air Force jet and takes her home to mother Russia. Once there, she pistol whips him, turns him in but still loves him (and her cigarettes). So she borrows a jet and takes him back to Palm Springs.  yuck 

Even though the Duke drove a Firebird Formula in this TV show, it sucked.

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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 12:07 pm

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 15):
JW and RR "served" stateside

.

Ronald Reagan may have had some easy duty stateside, but Marion Morrison never wore a "real" uniform.

I saw an interview on TVO one night. I guess being born in 1907, he was old enough to miss the draft, but he kept putting off signing up until the war was over. He didn't want to disrupt his career.

He makes celebrities like James Stewart and Ted Williams look even more like real heroes.
 
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 2:45 pm

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 17):


He makes celebrities like James Stewart and Ted Williams look even more like real heroes.

John Wayne's a joke as a real man. Of course he was a Republican....enough said?
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 2:47 pm

No mention of Back to Bataan? With Anthony Quinn--man of many race--as a Filipino guerilla.


he was old enough to miss the draft, but he kept putting off signing up until the war was over. He didn't want to disrupt his career.

Reminds me of this guy...

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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 11:16 pm

Well

I see the BS crew is up and running in this thread.

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 19):

Off topic really.

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 18):

Probably a better man than most on this site . . . and a lot more gut too.

Shame . . .
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 11:43 pm

Quoting FXramper (Reply 12):
Shootist? Chalk that up with McQ for lame.

Stop it....McQ was a decent tv movie but it wasn't included in the best for a reason...Shootist was great however.....

Quoting FXramper (Reply 12):
Hatari? Rio Bravo? Donavan's Reef? McClintock? Searchers? Hondo?

All are ten times better than Shootist...same goes for Green Berets...

Dude....seriously.....the Green Berets had Dan Janssen, Jack Soo, George Takei, Aldo Nova, and the Duke tailgating from a C-7 without hooking up....it's one of the best!

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 13):
He was a right-wing idiot who never served in WWII. Icon, yes. Good actor...NO. "Great American"....debatable.

Wow...so anyone on the right is an idiot? Way to turn a thread political and get personal.

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 14):
I believe John Wayne and Ronald Reagan had ceremonial role in the military. They were not Jimmy Stewart or Clark Gable.

They both did their duty, doing as they were asked and they played an important role (Wayne much more so than President Reagan who made training films and b-movies because someone had to...Wayne made movies that the public needed to see). Stewart joined up a year before the war, against the request of his employer and the government. He had to fight to be allowed to fight. Gable did the same. But the work of the people stateside had to be done and by denigrating those too old or less than perfect health is demeaning and unnecessary. Did you or Ozark do your time in the Gulf or Vietnam or anywhere else?


Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 18):
Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 17):


He makes celebrities like James Stewart and Ted Williams look even more like real heroes.

John Wayne's a joke as a real man. Of course he was a Republican....enough said?

Wow......now you're getting a but personal. You are implying that a Republican can't be a real man? Big guy on the internet, ain't you? Let us know when you're ready to start impugning people for their religion and race next. Asswipe.

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 17):
I guess being born in 1907, he was old enough to miss the draft,

You guess? He was 33 when the war started...the draft was from 18 to 26.

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 17):
but he kept putting off signing up until the war was over. He didn't want to disrupt his career.

You're stating an opinion as fact. Perhaps he did what was needed from him the most. I served in the infantry....but Tom Hanks made a movie where he was a Ranger....is he less of a man? That was a movie that needed making. The infantry needed grunts. Every man has his role. Where were you during the Cold War? Are you less of a man for not volunteering to serve somewhere that democracy was under fire?

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 17):
James Stewart and Ted Williams look even more like real heroes.



Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 13):
He was a right-wing idiot

Just had to bring this one up again....you're a left wing asswipe. IF you were right wing you'd still be an asswipe, based on your posting and bringing up political flames in a non-political thread. You managed to insult half the US. Congratulations.
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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Mon May 28, 2007 11:53 pm

Quoting DL021 (Reply 21):
Did you or Ozark do your time in the Gulf or Vietnam or anywhere else?

 no 

Nuf Said.


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RE: Happy 100th B-day To John Wayne

Tue May 29, 2007 12:07 am

But the work of the people stateside had to be done and by denigrating those too old or less than perfect health is demeaning and unnecessary.

It's about his public persona. See below.


Hypocrites.

Like John Wayne...Boy do I feel macho now. Where's them Injuns and Ruskies...


BTW, Happy 100th and I do enjoy your movies.



Interesting bit on Rio Bravo and Stanley Kramer's High Noon.

The film's [High Noon] screenplay by Carl Foreman [this was his last Hollywood film before blacklist exile to London...written during a politically-oppressive atmosphere in the early 1950s when McCarthyism and political persecution were rampant, was loosely adapted from a Collier's Magazine story The Tin Star (by John W. Cunningham) published in December 1947. In fact, the film's story has often been interpreted as a morality play or parable, or as a metaphor for the threatened Hollywood blacklisted artists (one of whom was screenwriter Foreman) who faced political persecution from the HUAC during the McCarthy era due to actual or imagined connections to the Communist Party, and made life-altering decisions to stand their ground and defend moral principles according to their consciences.

It also has been interpreted as an allegory of the Cold War and US foreign policy during the Korean War. This taut, tightly-scripted, minimalist film tells the tale of a solitary, stoic, honor-bound marshal/hero, past his prime and already retired, who was left desolate and abandoned by the Hadleyville townspeople he had faithfully protected for many years (symbolically - during the World War II years). Due to the townspeople's cowardice (representing cooperative witnesses before the HUAC), physical inability, self-interest, expediency, and indecisiveness, he is refused help at every turn against a revenge-seeking killer and his gang. Fearful but duty-bound, he eventually vanquishes the enemy, thereby sparing the civilized (democratic) town the encroachment of barbaristic frontier justice brought by the deadly four-man group of outlaws (symbolic of the aggressive threat in the Korean War, or the HUAC itself). Embittered by film's end, he tosses his tin star into the dirt of the dishonorable frontier town.

One of the film posters described the theme of the deserted, lone marshal who stubbornly insisted on delaying his newly-married life with a pacifist Quaker wife (symbolic of US isolationists) in order to stay and confront his former nemesis and paroled murderer - Frank Miller:

The story of a man who was too proud to run.

Another slogan claimed: "...when the hands point up - the excitement starts!" [Director Howard Hawks and actor John Wayne both responded to the liberal preachiness of this 'un-American' film (and its cowardly townspeople) by creating a no-nonsense, right-wing rebuttal in Rio Bravo (1959).]


http://www.filmsite.org/high.html

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