“You’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.” – Dean Martin
I should have posted this back in January:
I’ll get back to my John Wayne Filmography shortly.
border affair / lee clayton
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.
More coming …
dream lover / rick nelson
So WHY do I feel that Alcohol, Cigarettes, and Guns are controversial endorsements for John Wayne?
Because all of them can kill you.
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.
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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“I hope my family and my friends will be able to say that I was an honest, kind and fairly decent man.”
– John Wayne
“Spectacular as its barbaric passions and savage conquests!”
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.
But The Conqueror wasn’t all bad …
The Selling of John Wayne … Smoke … Part 5 / John leaves his mark …