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.

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