Part 2, Continuing the Story…

After ten more films he was given nominations for “Best Actor” and the 87th greatest performance for playing the leading role in The Searchers.

In later years John Wayne was recognized as an American resource; his critics (who based their scores on his actions in politics and performances) began to view him with much more respect. Abbie Hoffman, the radical of the 1960’s, paid him a tribute to Wayne’s singularity. Vincent Canby, a movie critic, reviewed one of John Wayne’s movies called The Cowboy’s. Vincent did not like the movie in particular, but wrote in regards to John Wayne a complement to his acting: “Wayne is, of course, marvelously indestructible, and he has become an almost perfect father figure.” Yet, in irony, John Wayne (before he had been noted as a fatherly figure) was a “symbolic male figure, a man of impregnable virility and the embodiment of simplistic virtues, packaged in an enormous frame.”

He had a handsome, hearty face; with crinkles around eyes that gave a look of a man of action, an outdoor man who chafed at a settled life. He was a man of few words on screen. When he shambled into view, audiences sensed the arrival of “coiled vigor” awaiting only provocation to be sprung. His demeanor and his roles were those of a man who did not look for trouble “but was relentless in tackling it when it affronted him”. This screen presence emerged particularly under the ministrations of directors John Ford and Howard Hawks.

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A little look on the life of John Wayne Part 1

Ah, the famous Western hero, from the day he was born to the end of his legacy, his life has been iconic to so many throughout the world.

He was born Marion Robert Morrison May 26, 1907(1907-05-26) Winterset, Iowa in this quaint old cottage down in Winterset.

Later on, when he was older and after working as a prop man at Fox Film corporation he became the star of his first motion picture, The Big trail. It was, at first, a commercial failure, but became the first epic Western sound motion picture. Raoul Walsh who “discovered” Marion Morrison, decided that Marion needed a stage name and came up with Anthony Wayne, but Fox Studios Chief Winfield Sheehan said it sounded too Italian. Raoul Walsh then suggested John Wayne; Winfield liked it and the name was set (something to note, John Wayne was not even present at the meeting!).

What words can describe?

Mr.Wayne afterwards continued making Western films (most notably Monogram Pictures and serials for Mascot Pictures Corporation) in such pictures as The Three Musketeers (1933).
A French Foreign Legion” (with absolutely no resemblance to the novel);
“Three Musquiteers Westerns”, whose title was a play on the Alexandre Dumas, père classic.
Then beginning in 1928 (and for 35 more years) he began playing in more then 20 John Ford films such as Stagecoach (1939); She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949); The Quiet Man (1952); The Searchers (1956); The Wings of Eagles (1957); and, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). His performance in Stagecoach made him a star, the remainder of his career made him a legend.

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END OF PART 1