Dean Martin Westerns / Rio Bravo / 1959

21 Feb


Cool Water / Walter Brennan

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Dean Martin Westerns / Rio Bravo /1959

4 years after his split with Jerry Lewis, Dean made his second Western:
Rio Bravo – Western Classic.

I’ve covered Rio Bravo somewhat, so I’m just gonna show a couple of images and move on. Good images though.

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In 1958 Dean Martin was 41 years old.

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James CagneyJohn CassavetesEdmond O’BrienRod SteigerRichard WidmarkJohn IrelandTony CurtisCary GrantHenry FondaGlenn FordWilliam HoldenVan JohnsonBurt LancasterRay MillandSpencer Tracy and Robert Mitchum were considered for Dude. Howard Hawks also supposedly negotiated for Frank Sinatra for the role.
(MFW: Good grief !!! I woulda hired most any of these guys on the spot.
But Dean was great.)

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Montgomery Clift, who was bisexual and a liberal Democrat, turned down the role of Dude, because he didn’t want to work again with John Wayne and Walter Brennan who were both strongly conservative Republicans. They had previously worked together in Red River (1948). Clift suggested his The Young Lions (1958) co-star Dean Martin for the role of Dude, and so Martin’s agent immediately approached Howard Hawks with the idea.

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 Hawks agreed to meet with Martin at 9:30 the next morning. When Hawks learned that Martin had done a show in Las Vegas until midnight, and hired a plane to fly him to the meeting, Hawks was so impressed that he simply sent Martin to get a costume and told him he had the part.

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Cast as an alcoholic battling inner demons, Dean turned to his friend Marlon Brando for advice about playing the role.

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Mostly due to Dean’s Italian background, the film was a huge success in Italy, laying the groundwork for the following decade’s Spaghetti Western boom.

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Dean later admitted that he found the part of Dude very difficult to play.
(MFW: It doesn’t show. Nice job Dean.)

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The movie was filmed at the famous Old Tucson Studios. Many Westerns Films and TV Westerns have been shot here – including the great Western Classic Gunfight at OK Corral (1957). Filming outdoors was often a chore due to the 120-degree heat and an invasion of grasshoppers that fried on the hot lights and littered the sets.

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In 2014, Rio Bravo was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

 

 

 

 

Dean Martin Westerns / Pardners / Part 3

17 Feb


i walk the line / cash

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Dean Martin Westerns / Pardners / Part 3

I just thought some of these pics were remarkable – so I’m putting them up.

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Above: Young Jerry / Young Dean

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Above: This probably wouldn’t go over too well in 2017.

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Well … you can’t be Zany all the time. 

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The Gals of Pardners / 1956

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Jackie Loughery

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Dean Martin Westerns / Pardners / Part 2

15 Feb


youre-nobody-till-somebody-loves-you / Dean

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Dean Martin Westerns / Pardners / Part 2

Below: A couple more Posters that I found. 

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Obviously there was a tremendous bond between Dean and Jerry. They loved each other like brothers (are supposed to).
Yet, after they broke up, they were estranged for 20 years.
It took a surprise meeting set up by Frank Sinatra to break the ice and they finally renewed their friendship.

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Some of these photos are rather amazing – a different era for sure. 
But not that long ago.

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on a pile of badguys. 

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Dean and Jerry get the drop on 2 known and 4 unknown owlhoots.

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Part 3 coming … 

Dean Martin Westerns / Pardners / Part 1

14 Feb


Memories-are-Made-of-This / Dean Martin / 1956


Pardners / Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis / 1956

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Dean Martin Westerns

Let’s look at Dean Martin’s Westerns

Dean Martin made about 10 Westerns between 1956 and 1973. They fall into a few categories: Comedy, Classic, Spaghetti, Pulp, and Head Scratcher?

Let’s start with Martin and Lewis (Jerry)Dean and Jerry made several movies in their 10 year comedy collaboration. One of them was a Western Musical Comedy called Pardners (1956).
It’s not what I would call a Western Classic. But fun.

Reviews:

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Trailers

Rumors were abounding in 1956 that Dean and Jerry were going to break up. Hence they were put up to this ending:

Dean and Jerry’s gun handling is impressive. I heard (somewhere) that the guy to taught Actors to handle guns said Dean and Jerry were among the best students he ever taught. They had the knack.
That might just be Publicity talk. But it might also be true.

Posters

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The Supporting Cast of Pardners is pretty amazing: Agnes Moorehead, Lori Nelson, Jeff Morrow, Lon Chaney, Jr., Jack Elam, Lee Van Cleef, Bob Steele.
Though Elam, Van Cleef, and Steele got no Billing, they all became very successful Western film Stars.

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Wackiest’???!!! Wow, you sure don’t hear that expression much anymore.
That’s right outta the 50’s. Along with ‘Zany’.

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Part 2 coming … 

The Selling of John Wayne / Rio Bravo … Part 3

6 Feb


in-hell-ill-be-in-good-company / the-dead-south

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Rio Bravo Posters continued …

Not much to say … have a boo.

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Lobby Cards etc …
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Coming:  more Rio Bravo … 

3 out of 4 rodents predict early Spring …

4 Feb

Early Spring?

Yay or Nay ?

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Only Balzac Billy (below) claims to have seen his shadow –
which would signal another six weeks of Winter.

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However, MFW noticed some suspicious things about Billy
that bring his credibility into question:

Firstly – although you can clearly see Billy’s shadow –
we 
suspect some photoshopping here! Yes!

Secondly – looking even closer –  Billy appears
to be a man in gopher suit!
(I think the red jacket 
gave him away) 

Thirdly – can we really believe what a giant gopher 
who lives in a manure pile says?
NO!

Busted Billy!
We’re going with an Early Spring. 

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The Selling of John Wayne / Rio Bravo … Part 2

1 Feb


border affair / lee clayton

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Posters cont. 

Rio Bravo spawned a lot of posters.

Mainly based around 2 images, most Rio Bravo posters are decent in design and artwork, though image quality from around the Net is often poor. Some images were so bad, I couldn’t use them. I just couldn’t recover the quality/resolution. This puzzles me because many older Westerns have superb images/posters. Fortunately, there is still enough good images to use.

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More coming …

The Selling of John Wayne / Rio Bravo … Part 1

29 Jan


dream lover / rick nelson

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So WHY do I feel that Alcohol, Cigarettes, and Guns are controversial endorsements for John Wayne?

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Because all of them can kill you.

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It has to be said however, that in the 40’s and 50’s, all these product(?) were observed very differently than they are today.  Smoking and drinking were openly promoted as being not only socially acceptable, but as sophisticated social practices. Although, in Rio Bravo, Dean’s drinking is hardly portrayed as anything cool …

But before I cover John’s Guns, I want to look at Rio Bravo a bit more.

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I didn’t used to like Rio Bravo. Now I can’t remember why?

I know it’s not the Best John Wayne Western, but I’d say it’s the Most Popular John Wayne Western. I base this judgement purely upon how often it’s shown on TV – which is Very Often. Almost weekly.

I’ve watched it myself on TV several times. I never plan to, but if it’s on, I often find myself watching it. This would make it somewhat of Classic for me – a movie you can watch over and over.

So what’s the attraction? I’d say it’s the amazing Star Power of John Wayne, Dean Martin, Walter Brennan, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson – and it’s notable support cast Ward Bond, John Russell, Claude Akins … even Harry Carey Jr. is in there. These folks casually drive this movie in an almost hypnotic and effortless fashion. Good story telling /marvelous Casting.

Howard Hawks of course, knew how to make a Western: Viva Villa (1934), Barbary Coast (1935), The Outlaw (1943), Red River (1948), The Big Sky (1952), Rio Bravo (1959), El Dorado (1967), and Rio Lobo (1970).  Some Classics, most are popular and well known. Four feature John Wayne. Hawks knew John’s Star Power would easily carry any movie – even if the movie seemed fairly formula. Guaranteed box office.

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rio-bravo-poster-10 More coming … 

The Selling of John Wayne / Rio Bravo / 3 ways t’ kill yerseff …

24 Jan


have u seen the rain / willie and paula nelson

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The Selling of John Wayne … Smoke … Part 5 / John leaves his mark …

17 Jan

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https://johnwayne.org/

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http://california.providence.org/john-wayne/

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We welcome you to join Team John Wayne as the charity
component of any race you do and participate in honor or
memory of your family, friends and co-workers who have
been affected by cancer. Team John Wayne members
receive a personal fundraising webpage, fundraising tips, fun
incentives, team camaraderie and more!

https://johnwayne.org/teamjohnwayne/

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https://www.facebook.com/JohnWayneCancerInstitute/

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“I hope my family and my friends will be able to say that I was an honest, kind and fairly decent man.”
– John Wayne

The Selling of John Wayne … Smoke … Part 4 / The Conqueror

17 Jan

“Spectacular as its barbaric passions and savage conquests!”

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So … in 1956 John Wayne and Howard Hughes made The Conqueror.
It quickly became one of the most maligned and ridiculed movies in Hollywood history – though some now enjoy it as an entertainment curiosity
– a model of Hollywood big budget excesses.
John deeply regretting his involvement in the film, and agreed that he had been badly miscast.

I have to wonder however, if a lot of the scorn showered upon the movie wasn’t an indirect attack upon John and Howard Hughes personally.
Both were strongly outspoken and controversial individuals of the day with plenty of opponents
just waiting for a chance to knock them out or the saddle – or the sky.
And they got it.

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But The Conqueror wasn’t all bad …

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Next: 

The Selling of John Wayne … Smoke … Part 5 / John leaves his mark … 

The Selling of John Wayne … Smoke … Part 3

15 Jan


the sound of silence / disturbed

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When Legend Becomes Fact

“This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”
– From The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence / 1962

Some urban legends have been around so long that they have eventually become fact. john-wayne-the-conqueror-poster-2

The Legend:

In 1954, John Wayne starred in the ill-fated big budget movie The Conqueror, (RKO Pictures, Howard Hughes Productions) filmed in the Utah desert.

Location: about a hundred miles from a former Nevada nuclear test site and where wind blown radioactivity had supposedly infected the whole area. Legend has it that this resulted in a large number of the film crew and Stars of the movie dying from various cancers. Nobody challenged this story for decades. By that time, the Legend had become Fact and is still being propagated today. So much so that there still several sources – particularly on the Internet – still propagating this myth. It’s so ingrained by now that I can’t imagine it will be dispelled any time soon.

But it’s not hard to see why this myth is so powerful and durable: As Urban Legends go The Conqueror Cancer Legend is one of the best of all time. It’s ingredients are purely fantastical:

The Top movie Star of the day (and possibly all-time) – Mega Star,
John Wayne;
a bizarre madman genius Movie Mogul Inventor Test Pilot billionaire,
Howard Hughes;
A beautiful tragic femme fatale Star Actress,
Susan Hayward;
THE ATOMIC BOMB !!!!!!!!
a huge, expensive Epic Hollywood production (9 million dollars!!!) that was also a BOMB – about an Historical figure – Mongolian mass murdurer tyrant:
Ghenghis Khan;
Deaths – seemingly many people dying horribly from cancer …

You can’t make this stuff up.

So there it was – just waiting to be explored; exploited; exploded.

And it lived up to the Billing.

The Fact:

Health News Digest
September 14, 2009 / Was The Movie The Conqueror Really Cursed? A Look At Radiation Paranoia By  Michael D. Shaw
https://www.gasdetection.com/interscan-in-the-news/magazine-articles/movie-conqueror-really-cursed-look-radiation-paranoia/

Worth a read.

To John Wayne‘s credit, he never bought the bomb theory. He always admitted that his cancers and related illnesses (and eventual death) was directly related to his prolific smoking.

He never copped out.

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“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.
Comes into us at midnight very clean.

It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.
It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”
– John Wayne  

Next:
The Selling of John Wayne … Smoke … Part 4

US Juniors win Gold !

10 Jan

Image result for 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game

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US Jr. Hockey Team  overcame a two goal deficit twice (TWICE!!) in the Championship game to defeat Team Canada Jr.s  5 to 4 in Montreal (Jan. 5)

After a 60 minute game and a 10 minute Overtime the game was eventually determined by a Shoot Out.

Obviously little to chose between the two teams, but US were worthy winners.

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Congrats to Team USA.

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See you next year in Buffalo!

The Selling of John Wayne … Smoking / Part 2: The Lighter Side

9 Jan

Light?

Yup, John Wayne was definitely a very heavy smoker and made several (TV) commercials, magazine ads, billboards, etc – promoting cigarettes – as did a great many other Movie Stars and Celebrities of his time. Today of course, smoking and tobacco products have fallen into disfavor and any such advertising is now banned.

Despite this, there is still some subtle forms of smoking advertising and promotions that still have a viable market – and which capitalize on John’s enduring Iconic Star Power. One such product is cigarette lighters. Zippo lighters almost seem to have an small industry using John’s image.

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Claimed to be John’s lighter. ??

Smoking still obviously has a certain ‘manly’ appeal to some people and many such John Wayne lighters are hot “Collectibles”. Frankly, it’s evident that ANY John Wayne endorsed product/merchandise will eventually – or immediately – achieve Collector and Memorabilia status.

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Left: Lighter with the brand from Red River (1948)

Plenty more lighters than I show here …

And finally … if you really need to cut down
on your smoking …

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… the John Wayne knife lighter.
Available on Amazon.

To the future …

2 Jan

“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit.”
Doc / Back to the Future
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OK, below are the ‘innards’ (as Jed used to say) for my new computer.

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MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Motherboard
GeFORCE GTX 1050 Ti Graphics Card
Intell Core i5 Desk Processor …

Whadoya think?

I could afford everything, but a Flux Capacitor.

So I’ll be forced to use Win 10.

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not top of the line …
But it ain’t chopped liver either.
It’s a nice bump up frum my old system, which just couldn’t cut it anymore.

So, shortly, I’ll have this all put together.

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$900 In Canada.

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“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”

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Onward … !

Spengler Cup / Sledge Hockey Champs 2016 !

1 Jan

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Canada Repeats

The Spengler Cup is an annual invitational ice hockey tournament held in Davos, Switzerland. First held in 1923, the Spengler Cup is often cited as the oldest invitational ice hockey tournament in the world. The event is hosted by the Swiss team HC Davos and played each year in Davos, Switzerland, between Christmas (December 25) and New Year’s Day. Currently, all games are held at Vaillant Arena.

Nice job lads!
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U.S. Repeats
Sledge Champs in P.E.I. Tournament

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Prince Edward Island:

Congrats to US!
It ain’t easy to beat us Canucks …
especially in our own barn.


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a new year …

30 Dec

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Booooooom!!!

30 Dec

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Well … my computer finally blew up.
I rode it as far as I could … poor gal.
But it couldn’t take anymore and it was beyond redemption.
For quite a while I had been resorting to ‘computer gymnastics’ to get anything done.
So … today I went out and bought a new motherboard and graphics card.
$900.
That’s a big chunk for me – a part-time Greeter at Home Depot.
Rose’s son will assemble all this shortly and we’ll drop in Windows 10.
Hopefully I can get something out right away.
In all this time only one person baled on me.
Can’t blame ’em if nothing is happening?

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So thanks for sticking around.
Here’s something interesting to read while you’re waiting:

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September 14, 2009

Was The Movie The Conqueror Really Cursed? A Look At Radiation Paranoia

https://www.gasdetection.com/interscan-in-the-news/magazine-articles/movie-conqueror-really-cursed-look-radiation-paranoia/

Few environmental myths have stood the test of time better than the notion that a significant number of the cast and crew of The Conqueror (1956) were felled by cancer, contracted as a result of exposure to radioactive fallout.

Certainly, all the elements of a good story are there. Several above ground atomic tests were run at Yucca Flats in Nevada from 1951–1953, including 11 in 1953 under the name “Operation Upshot-Knothole.” The movie was shot from May-August of 1954 in Snow Canyon State Park, located 11 miles (18 km) northwest of St. George, Utah. As luck would have it, Snow Canyon is 137 miles (220 km) downwind of Yucca Flats. To make matters worse, uncredited producer Howard Hughes shipped truckloads of dirt from the site back to the studio for reshoots.

The movie premiered on February 22, 1956 in Los Angeles, and less than seven years later, director Dick Powell died of cancer. After Powell, several of the leading actors succumbed to cancer, as well. There was Pedro Armendáriz, who killed himself in June of 1963, rather than live with his terminal diagnosis. Agnes Moorehead was the next star of the film to die of cancer, in April of 1974. She was followed by Susan Hayward (March, 1975) and John Wayne, who first contracted lung cancer in September of 1964 and finally died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979.

Public interest was piqued by an article in the November 10, 1980 issue of People magazine, in which it was stated that “Of The Conqueror’s 220 cast and crew members from Hollywood, an astonishing 91 have contracted cancer.”

The article quoted Dr. Robert C. Pendleton, director of radiological health at the University of Utah: “With these numbers, this case could qualify as an epidemic. The connection between fallout radiation and cancer in individual cases has been practically impossible to prove conclusively. But in a group this size you’d expect only 30-some cancers to develop. With 91, I think the tie-in to their exposure on the set of The Conqueror would hold up even in a court of law.”

This sounds impressive until you do some basic research. According to the National Cancer Institute, at the time the article was written, the overall incidence of being diagnosed with cancer in a person’s lifetime (age-adjusted) was about 40%. As it happens, this number still holds today. Thus, in a cohort of 220 people, 88 would be diagnosed with cancer at some point.

I have no idea how Pendleton came up with his “30-some.” If anything, given the heavy smoking habits of many in the movie business at the time, including Dick Powell, Agnes Moorehead, Pedro Armendáriz, Susan Hayward, and John Wayne at five packs a day, 91 is completely within the expected range. The only “astonishing” thing is that the People article did not mention the smoking habits of any of the deceased stars.

Bruce Church is a health physicist based in southern Utah, who had been involved with the testing program for years, and has done his level best to act as the voice of reason on the issue. Church told me about plaintiff’s attorneys going door to door, trolling for clients in the St. George area in the late 1970s, paving the way for a series of ultimately unsuccessful lawsuits, filed on behalf of the so-called “downwinders.” He likes to remind those interested in these matters that since 1950, Utah has had one of the lowest cancer mortality rates in the country. Moreover, Washington County—supposedly ground zero for the fallout—has one of the lowest cancer mortality rates in the state.

Much was made of an article entitled “Childhood leukemias associated with fallout from nuclear testing,” which appeared in the February 22, 1979 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study spoke of a 2.44 times increase in mortality between the high-exposure and low-exposure cohorts, within the high fallout counties examined. Again, this sounds impressive as long as you ignore the fact that even with this increase, the mortality rate was just slightly above the rate for the entire United States.

As you might expect, this significant qualification is infamously not cited in the dozens of web-based references to the study. And, given that the research effort set out to examine “high fallout” counties to begin with, it is quite suspicious that this group had to be parsed into low and high cohorts, which would only serve to magnify the effects observed. Further studies would continue to bear out negative or de minimis findings.

However, as regular readers of this column are aware, all the science in the world cannot trump emotionalism and politics. Thus, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)—passed in 1990—provides for money (typically $50,000) to be paid to victims of certain cancers, who simply have to prove that they lived in a list of counties during a particular time period.

RECA has paid out over $1 billion so far, and has produced bountiful results for many Utah-based politicians. Following the old adage that a cynic is someone who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing, this bounty paid on cancer has simply reinvigorated all the mythology: If victims are being compensated, the story must be true!

Yet, science has garnered some victories. Bruce Church was one of the prime movers in setting up the Community Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP) started in 1981, and now boasting 29 stations that ring the test site area. Data is made available to any interested party, and the monitoring stations are often managed by local high school science teachers.

One such station manager, Jack Heppler, was successful in convincing at least two movie production companies that there was no danger whatever in filming in the St. George area. Heppler also worked his magic on calming the locals as well as easing the minds of families interested in moving to the region.

Church recommends the Smithsonian affiliated Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, as well as the online Atomic Archive as excellent resources. I would add Church’s site to this list.

As to The Conquerer, the only real curse was its script and the miscasting of John Wayne in the lead.

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Is there anything that Howard Hughes touched that didn’t achieve extraordinary dimensions???
Either great or bad?

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Moving ahead …

The Selling of John Wayne … Smoke … Part 1

24 Dec


sunday morning coming down / kristofferson

“Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire”, the old saying goes.
And sometimes death.

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Smoking Roulette / Image from the NET

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Smoking is a lot like Russian Rollette.
You know there’s a bullet in there.
But you’re gambling that it doesn’t have your name on it.

It’s a hell of a gamble.
A gamble that John Wayne lost.

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20 cigs per pack

       John Wayne’s smoking exploits are as Legendary as he is. I’ve seen several different claims as to how much he smoked: 4, 5, 6 and 7 pack of cigarettes a day! Most claim 6 packs a day. I refuse to believe 7 because 7 packs of cigarettes a day is 7 x 20 cigarettes = 140 cigarettes in a 16 hour day (8 hours for sleep) – or 8.75 cigarettes an hour – which would be smoking 1 cigarette about every 7 minutes. That seems impossible. Even for John Wayne.

I was a heavy smoker myself for quite a while – 2 packs of Canadian cigarettes a day – 25 cigs per pack. So I have some experience with this thing. When I finally quit, I coughed up tar for 6 months. Smoking is an extremely insidious addiction. Before I started smoking I very rarely caught flu or even a cold. After I started, I caught everything. Smoking seriously damages and devitalizes your whole immune system. Don’t do it.

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So lets’ see … John smoked 6 packs a day x 20 cigarettes per pack = 120 cigarettes a day.

Could you smoke this many cigarettes a day?

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Assuming John Wayne couldn’t smoke while he was asleep (?) and assuming he slept about 8 hours a day, that’s 120 cigarettes divided by 16 hours = he smoked about 7.5 cigs an hour. That’s a lot. But possible.

These are all Guesstimates, of course, but you get the picture: John was an outright addict.

And even though John grew up in an era where smoking was portrayed as being debonair, sophisticated, suave and ‘cool’, it must have been very difficult to be around him due to this excessive smoking – even if you were a smoker yourself. And I’d guess it would pretty well be impossible for a non-smoker.

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Strangely however, in most of his Westerns, John seems to smoke very little. ? Guns and Booze are plainly evident. But not cigs. ??? But it surely wasn’t hard to catch him smoking ‘off camera’. Yet he rarely brought it to film. And even then, it didn’t seem overdone.

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In advertising, John, of course, wasn’t the only celebrity who endorsed smoking. Dozens of Actors, Actresses – and even Athletes and Doctors endorsed smoking in that era. Magazine ads, TV commercials, radio ads, billboards … you name it.

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I’m feeling a little Turkish today …

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There’s controversy over how John ultimately came down with Cancer – due to a film location that had been used for nuclear bomb testing.
I’ll cover that next.

Next:
The Selling of John Wayne … Smoke … Part 2

John Glenn …

17 Dec

 
Epilogue Star Trek

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More ….

– Research center named The NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio
– Highway named Senator John Glenn Highway, Ohio
– High school named John Glenn High School, New Concord, Ohio
– Elementary school named Col. John Glenn Elementary in Seven Hills, Ohio
– High Schools in Westland and Bay City, Michigan; Walkerton, Indiana; San Angelo, Texas: and Norwalk, California.
– Fireboat named John H. Glenn Jr.
– USNS John Glenn (T-MLP-2), a mobile landing platform.
– 1961, Honorary LL.D from Muskingum University,
– Honorary Doctorates from Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan, Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, and New Hampshire College in Manchester, New Hampshire.
– Enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1976, and the International Space Hall of Fame in 1977.
– 1990, inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
– 2000, received the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.
– 2004, awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution.
– 2009, received an Honorary LL.D from Williams College
– 2010, Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Ohio Northern University.
– September 12, 2016, Blue Origin announced a new rocket named after Glenn, the New Glenn.

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Walter M. Schirra, Jr. / Donald K. “Deke” Slayton /
John H. Glenn, Jr. / M. Scott Carpenter
Back:
Alan B. Shepard, Jr. / Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom /
L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.

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space-shuttle-discovery-barSpace Shuttle Discovery / 1998

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Scott F. Parazynski, Stephen K. Robinson, Pedro Duque, John H. Glenn Jr.
Chaiki Mukai
Steven W. Lindsey, Curtis L. Brown Jr.

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The Selling of John Wayne, Part 4 … A beer with John …

14 Dec


john prine / how lucky
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A beer with John …

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I’m guessing John’s first beer endorsement was Rheingold Beer.
Introduced in 1883, Rheingold Beer was an American product
created in New York (1950 to 1960).
Shut down in 1976. Revived in 1998.

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Beer and guns go together. Right?

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beer-barBud was next …

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Then Coors … with cars
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Beer and cars go together. Right? Vrooom Vrooooomm !!

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Coming … John’s guns

Christmas 2016

11 Dec


Song of the God Particle

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Happy Birthday KIRK !! … 100 years.

6 Dec


My Heroes have always been Cowboys / Waylon Jennings

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Lonely are the Brave

The Way West

The War WagonThere was a Crooked ManA GunfightPosseThe VillainThe Man from Snowy RiverDRAW !

Kirk’s most important work:

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The Douglas Foundation was founded by motion picture icon Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne in 1964, and stands as one of the entertainment industry’s largest and oldest private philanthropic institutions. The Foundation represents the charitable interests of the Douglas family and is committed to carrying on the vision of helping others who might not otherwise be able to help themselves.

http://www.douglasfoundation.org/

Kirk has never forgotten where he came from.

The Selling of John Wayne, Part 3 … “Leave the bottle”

5 Dec


storms never last / allison moorer
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John Wayne / The Hard Stuff

“Life is hard. It’s even harder if you’re stupid.”
– John Wayne

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I don’t know when John Wayne was first approached to sponsor Whisky,
but it was obviously a natural fit.
Like spurs on a cowboy boot.

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Just in case you didn’t get that.

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john-wayne-bourbonDuke Bourbon / 88 proof

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Duke Brandy

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Cheers !

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Real Men bond with booze.

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Next:

John has a beer …

The Selling of John Wayne, Part 2 …

1 Dec


ain’t nothin’ to me / johnny winter

Drinking … Canadian Style 

Much of my ’70’s is kinda hazy. We drank and doped without moderation. For whatever reasons, I felt compelled to run that gauntlet. Some of the people I did this with aren’t around anymore. And although I don’t advocate or recommend such an experience, I have no regrets. And I know that some of the survivors are still practicing that lifestyle. Sometimes a deathstyle.

In Canada, Booze, in the ’70s, was legal, very available, and cheap. I could go into any local bar with just $5 in my pocket and drink all night – and still often have enough money left to take a taxi home. Draft beer was only 10 cents a glass. 10 glasses of beer for a dollar! Insane.

I eventually got over all this and stopped drinking (and doping). Along with the substances most of my so-called friends also disappeared. Our whole relationship revolved around drinking and substance abuse. So when I stopped it all, I didn’t fit there anymore.

I walked away. Without regret.

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Glass of Canadian Draft Beer 1970 / 1980

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Glass of Canadian Draft Beer 1970 / 1980
One minute later.

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“I never trust a man that doesn’t drink.”
John Wayne

John Wayne and Booze

John Wayne’s general movie image is that of a man who liked a drink and it’s generally believed that in his real life he was a fairly heavy drinker – part of the the Manly Arts – along with guns, fighting and smoking. Yet it appears he was a man who could hold his booze and who was not a drunk or an alcoholic. His sons, Patrick and Ethan say that his hard drinking image was exaggerated and not a problem – and that he didn’t drink every day and could do without it. Yet in another article son Michael says “He liked to drink. I once saw him drink a bottle of tequila before a meal, and a bottle of brandy after a meal. ???

I figure John was a guy who liked and appreciated a good drink, but could handle it.

And there is at least one telltale movie scene that attests to this – in his last Western The Shootist. It’s the final shootout scene – which takes place in a saloon no less – John strides up the bar and announces: “This is my birthday. Give me the best in the house.” In the movie, it was also his death day. ‘One for the road’.

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John Wayne IMBD Trivia

  • Produced and starred in a 1940s radio show about an alcoholic detective titled “Three Sheets to the Wind“.
  • His favorite drink was Sauza Commemorativo Tequila, and he often served it with ice that he had chipped from an iceberg during one of his voyages on his yacht, “The Wild Goose“.
  • He once made a cameo appearance on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962). In episode, The Beverly Hillbillies: The Indians Are Coming (1967). And when asked how he wanted to be paid, his answer, in return, was “Give me a fifth of bourbon – that’ll square it.”.
  • His image appeared on a wide variety of products including: 1950 popcorn trading cards given at theaters, 1951 Camel cigarettes, 1956 playing cards, Whitman’s Chocolates and – posthumously – Coors beer. The money collected on the Coors beer cans with his image went to the John Wayne Cancer Institute.

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Next:
The Selling of John Wayne, Part 3 …
“Leave the bottle”

The Selling of John Wayne, Part 1 …

29 Nov

Before Star Wars there was John Wayne.

John Wayne must be the most enduring Movie Star of all time. Not only was his Box Office clout unchallenged during most his lengthy career, but his Iconic Image is still recognizable, bankable, and saleable on a worldwide scale today – 37 years after his death. The marketing, merchandising, endorsements, and advertising feats of John Wayne’s image are astonishing – especially since many of his major sales interests have long since fallen out of fashion completely or out-of-date: smoking, drinking, cars, and guns …  But Hell! his movies are still immensely popular! – appearing on TV daily.

There’s absolutely no way I will be able to reveal the immensity of the products and merchandise that this colossus of Western Film has …

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But I’m gonna try anyway ..

Coming Up …

“Leave the bottle”
Have a drink with John Wayne

’round Lunenburg 2 …

19 Nov


Come Home to the Sea / Mannheim Steamroller


Amazing Grace

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View of the Bluenose from King Street and Bluenose Drive.
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lunenburg-docksideLots of action Lunenburg dockside.
fishermans-memorialRose at the Fisherman’s Memorial – many a sailor claimed by the sea.
lunenburg-hotSome fishing villages used to be dreary.
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Shortcut to the shops …
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Need a compass?

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A foundry turned brewery.

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There are several beautiful old churches around Lunenburg

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Lunenburg Memorial

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Lunenburg Academy

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The Temperance Fountain – “to quench the thirst of the customers and their horses and oxen at the nearby marketplace.

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Another Lunenburg oddity: a piece of the Berlin Wall.

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Bluenose in the bay.

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Lunenburg from the hill.

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John Wayne Filmography continued: Pals of the Saddle / 1937

18 Nov


Anyone Can Tell / The Heavy Horses

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1938 / Pals of the Saddle / George Sherman (Director) starring John Wayne, Stoney Brooke, and Max Terhune, and Yakima Canutt (uncredited). The first of eight films Wayne did in Republic’sThree Mesquiteers” series.

George Sherman was an American film director and producer of about 110 low-budget films – many of them Westerns. Pals of the Saddle as the first of 10 films he directed John Wayne. Over the next 30 years, Sherman directed Wayne in Overland Stage Raiders (1938), Santa Fe Stampede (1938), Red River Range (1938), The Night Riders (1939), Three Texas Steers (1939), Wyoming Outlaw (1939), New Frontier (1939), and Big Jake (1971), Sherman’s last and most successful feature film as a director. Sherman also produced Wayne’s 1961 film The Comancheros.

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You’d think a guy who made 110 movies – several with John Wayne – would get more recognition. I could find only one picture of George Sherman on the net. He appears to be almost unknown.

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John gets top Bill with the Mesquiteers.

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In 1937, John is 30 years old.

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Pals of the Saddle has another claim to fame: the only Western with a sidekick (Max Terhune) who had a ventriloquist dummy (Elmer) sharing his saddle.
Sheesh.

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But, you know what? If it made some kid smile, I guess it’s OK with me.
(I must be getting soft.)

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It sure made John smile.

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Doreen McKay plays John’s gal.

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See ya up the trail pardner …


’round Lunenburg 1 …

14 Nov


Celtic Circle / Elysium / Loreena McKennitt

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I’m progressively getting my pics up from our week to Nova Scotia – eventually showing our day on the Bluenose schooner. These are a few images of Lunenburg – a beautiful little town.

Wikipedia says: “The historic town was designated a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in 1995. This designation ensures protection for much of Lunenburg’s unique architecture and civic design, being the best example of planned British colonial settlement in Canada. The historic core of the town is also a National Historic Site of Canada.”

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atlantic-sojourn-bb-lunenburgOur digs in Lunenburg.

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Just like home.

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Life is tuff.

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Celtic Circle of Protection
Never forget where you came from

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A sailors (cowboys) breakfast: simple, tasty … elegant?

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Next door …

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Bluenose Lodge – Likely booked year round.

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After breakfast we head directly to the pier to see if Bluenose is in …

There she is !!!

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Sleek and beautiful.

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Like a dream.

Permission  to come aboard …

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Permission granted!

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Rose at the helm !
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Joy

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In 3 days we’d sail for real …

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Remember …

11 Nov

the partisan / leonard cohen

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John Wayne Filmography cont. Born to the West / Hell Town / Zane Grey continued …

7 Nov


The Wayward Wind / Patsy Cline

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The Zane Grey Dilemna

For a long time I avoided doing any posts about John Wayne (not an easy thing to do on a Western Movie Blog) because I feared John would turn into a massive and daunting project. I was right. However, I figured out a way to handle it by simply doing his Western filmography one post/movie at a time. And this has been working out pretty good. UNTIL my post on Born to the West / Helltown when I accidentally opened the gate to Zane Grey’s corral – and was immediately trampled/stampeded to death. There is more stuff on Zane Grey that tumbleweeds in Texas. But I didn’t know that.

His books have been made into movies over a hundred times going all the way back to 1911 – and continue up to the present.
That’s a ton of images, artwork, film, posters, photos, etc etc.

So I’ve been stuck – mainly because there’s conflicting information about his early movies and because some of his books have been made into movies several times.

I will attempt something anyway.

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Zane Grey Movies 

Fighting Blood / 1911  

fighting-blood-1911-2fighting-blood-1911-reviewFighting Blood – a B&W silent filmabout 13:42 long. Very few images survive from this movie.

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The Heart of Texas Ryan / 1917

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The Border Legion / 1918

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 5 versions of The Border Legion have been filmed.
It is not known whether this silent B&W version currently survives.
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The Border Legion / 1924

This version of The Border Legion is lost.
Another silent version directed by William K. Howard and starring Antonio Moreno and Helene Chadwick.

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The Border Legion / 1930

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Even with Jack Holt and Fay Wray, AllMovie only gives this version a 1.5 out of 5.

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The Border Legion / 1940

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Roy tries his hand at poker.
(Until he starts singing I’m all in)

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Gabby takes the stage.

I gotta tell ya that the emergence of comedy sidekicks and singing cowboys was not my favorite thing for a Western.

John Wayne Filmography cont. Born to the West / Hell Town / Part 2 / Zane Grey

31 Oct


– jeff bridges 

Mustang Bar

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