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Just out of curiosity, I was wondering what our European and Latin American members of the forum think of John Wayne---Here in the states we grew up with the "Duke' and just accepted that he was the guy we all wanted to emulate but how do you guys see him?

Al

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Today's print edition of the San Diego Union Tribune has a large photo of Wayne in Sands of Iwo Jima on the cover of it North County edition (north San Diego County is the home of Camp Pendleton). The online edition at http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/fe...ig-screen-acti/ has a photo of an Iwo Jima vet who participated in the movie:

 

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Although not a "Wayne" film, I think "Halls of Montezuma" was also filmed there in the 1950s.

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He should have won an Oscar for the 1950's "The Searchers" movie. IMHO Not so much for "True Grit". But I do like that movie. I have never seen any Wayne movie that I did not like, just some more than others.

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I think The Searchers is one of the best westerns ever made.

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The only film that JW danced in was The Fighting Seabees (1944).

Has anyone ever saw a tree dance??? :thumbdown:

The Fighting Seabees was also one of two movies where JW dies. The other being The Cowboys.

 

 

He also danced in: The Alamo as well as in Rio Grande but in the uncut versions. Actually, you do see him do a short "jig" in The Alamo in the version everyone has seen.

 

Also, he died in at least 4 movies and was a corpse in a casket in one of his silents:

 

1) Sands of Iwo Jima.

2) Wake of the Red Witch.

3) The Fighting Seabees.

4) The Alamo.

5) The Cowboys.

6) The Shootist.

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John Wayne was a heck of an actor no matter what he played but he liked the military (even though he did not serve) as with his movie 'The Green Berets', he was honoring the men of the Special Forces and he believed that we were doing the right thing at the time. He only won one Oacar but was an imposing figure.

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in harms way was one of my best wayne flicks. i think it was during this he found out he had cancer.

 

best western for me the shootists. his last. he was really ill here and missed many days of shooting

 

others Rio Bravo and El Dorado. all and more in my collection

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Good spot Justin--i'd forgot about Fort Apache--even if one of my all time favorite movies.

 

Mine too. A lot more going on there than a simple cavalry vs. Indians story.

 

in harms way was one of my best wayne flicks. i think it was during this he found out he had cancer.

 

best western for me the shootists. his last. he was really ill here and missed many days of shooting

 

others Rio Bravo and El Dorado. all and more in my collection

 

All great. My favorite of hs war moves is They Were Expendable, and come to think of it, he dances in that one, too. With Donna Reed.

 

Justin B.

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Mine too. A lot more going on there than a simple cavalry vs. Indians story.

 

 

 

All great. My favorite of hs war moves is They Were Expendable, and come to think of it, he dances in that one, too. With Donna Reed.

 

Justin B.

 

 

Im always good for a simpkle straight Cowboys and Cavalry movie. another i love--also one of Dukes movies is: Rio Grande.

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