My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!


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The Sons of Katie Elder / Part 2

John Wayne was 55 years old in 1965 and not feeling good about himself.
Years of excessive smoking (6 packs a day) and drinking were calling in their dues.

Wikipedia says: 
“Filming was due to begin in September 1964, but had to be delayed until January 1965, after Wayne was diagnosed with lung cancer. Following Wayne’s surgery to remove a cancerous lung and two ribs, the star insisted on doing his own stunts, and nearly contracted pneumonia after being dragged into a river.”

John still insisted upon doing stunts. It must have been a hell of a shoot.

Despite all, John’s incredible and enduring Star Power still makes this a favorite among fans.

12 worthy Posters

John’s international popularity guaranteed Box office success.

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