Tag Archives: John Wayne

Johnny does Hockey …

9 Aug


The Good Old Hockey Game / Stompin’ Tom Connors

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In 1937 John appeared in a real head scratcher:
Idol of the Crowds – a hockey movie!

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Yes, John made an occasional non-Western,
but I never knew he ranged this far afield!?

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I couldn’t access any video, but it looks like John
really knows what he’s doing out there!
Amazing!

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Idol of the Crowds John Wayne 1937 IMDB reviewIdol of the Crowds John Wayne 1937 Allmovie Review In the synopsis you can see that John plays a guy called Johnny Hanson. This is rather interesting coincidence, because one of my favorite (guilty pleasure) movies is Slapshot (1977)  a hockey sendup Starring Paul Newman! (believe it or not) and these amazing characters: The Hanson Brothers, who have become big Canadian celebrities.

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The Hanson Brothers – signing their real names

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John Wayne as Johnny Hanson

The Hanson Brothers deserve a Post to themselves
so I’ll get back to them later.

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being a Western Hero to a chicken farmer hockey player?

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Those chicken farmers get all the chicks

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John Wayne: Life and Times

22 Jul

John Wayne LIfe John Wayne Time Magazine John Wayne Newsweek MagazineJohn Wayne American Cowboy MagazineJohn Wayne Saturday Evening PostJohn Wayne Life Magazine 2John Wayne TV Guide MagazineJohn Wayne Cowboy Legends MagazineJohn Wayne Saturday Evening Post 2John Wayne American Cowboy Magazine 2John Wayne Cowboys and Indians MagazineJohn Wayne Paris Match MagazineJohn Wayne American Cowboy Magazine 3

John Wayne … Iconic Images / Stagecoach Run / 1936

15 Jul


dust in the wind / Melanie

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Stagecoach Run is Winds of the Wasteland the same movie restored and colorized by Legend Films. I couldn’t find any new posters or advertising media for it though. Just a few clips.

Yakima Canutt does plenty of stunt work in this movie – plus some acting (as a badguy) – but receives no Credit on the Bill !! Those stunt guys don’t get no respect !

Lew Kelly provides a little Comedy relief inside the coach.

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Not sure how many stagecoach stunts Yakima Canutt performed in his career,
but there was plenty. This one is pretty tame by his standards.

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Then Yak jumps into the driver’s seat and magically transforms to John Wayne.

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Most of Yak’s and John’s stunts were seamlessly done – you honestly
believed it was John performing the action.

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But Yak’s not finished yet – he jumps onto the horses !

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Below: Not sure how this was done, but it appears
John is doing a bit of stunting himself?

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There’s a bit of a wardrobe screw-up here though as John and Yak
appear to have different colored vests on. ??

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Those Actors – always wanting to do their own stunts.

Onward …

John Wayne … Iconic Images / Winds of the Wasteland / 1936

15 Jul


dust in the wind / kansas 

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John keeps making ’em – I keep posting ’em. John is 29-years-old now and Winds of the Wasteland being his 5th of 7 Westerns he made in 1936. Though interesting, the movies are not that great. But as long as the images and Posters are good, (and they are) I’ll keep putting them up …

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John is ‘The Man’ and his name is Billed above and before the Title of the movie.

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Winds of the Wasteland Phyllis Fraser

Winds of the Wasteland IMDB review

Winds of the Wasteland AllMovie review

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Winds of the Wasteland The End

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Phyllis Fraser (1916–2006) 

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Yakima Canutt / Western Stunting 101 … The Art of Falling / Part 1

30 Jun


Ben Hur Theme / Miklos Rosza

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Western Movie Stunting 101:
 The Art of Falling: Part 1:
Elementary Western Horse Stunting

There’s only one good thing about Falling off a horse. It’s damn easy.
(Especially galloping full speed, handling a weapon, or without a saddle)
Making it look good however – and landing safely – is another matter.

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Not a good Fall.

Bucked off

So Saddle up … or not … we’re goin’ Stunting!

Those Poor Horses

Yakima Canutt. was a Rodeo Champion, before and during his career as a Western Film Stunt Artist. He knew what Falling was all about – and it’s obvious side effects – injury and death – though he obviously Fell a lot less than most cowboys. But his experience in Rodeo is definitely what led to his place as a Western Film Stunt Master.

But getting bucked off in a Rodeo, and Falling in a Western movie, are not quite the same thing. In Rodeo you don’t want to Fall. And if you do, you aren’t very concerned about how it looks. In Stunt Falling you’re trying to Fall – and make it look good – the more sensational, the better – higher, farther, faster …. always pushing the envelope. And in Rodeo, and especially Stunting, Yak pushed the envelope big time. He pretty well invented the Stunt industry. In either case however, you still need to land safely. Not an easy thing to do.

Bronc riding

Unknown bronc rider … and unknown bronc … at an unknown rodeo

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But before we ride any further, there’s one thing that needs to be mentioned … the Horses.
Early Western Horse Stunts seemed to demonstrate a tremendous disregard for the safety of the horses.
One example: Stunt Falls from horses sometimes employed trip lines that tripped/yanked the horses down – while galloping at full speed. The Stuntman, of course, knew a Fall was coming – the horse did not. I haven’t seen any statistics, but I can surmise there was a considerable toll on the horses. This was rightfully criticized and eventually stopped. Nowadays Stunt horses are extensively trained in Falls and any other Stunts involving horses. To Yak’s credit he later took great care and pride in inventing techniques which greatly limited injury to both man and beast – culminating in his masterpiece – one of the greatest Stunt events in film history – the spectacular (and dangerous) – Chariot Race in Ben Hur (1959) – a monumental stunting achievement that took Yak two years of planning and preparation. And despite urban legends to the contrary, there is no evidence that any horses (or actors) were killed.

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Ben Hur …

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Ben Hur - Yakima Canutt instructing Charleton Heston

Yak gives Chuck (Heston) some pointers …

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They’re off !!!

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Yakima Canutt’s son Joe does the famous crash jump …

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Spiked wheels … ??

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Next:

Western Movie Stunting 101:
 The Art of Falling: Part 2:

John Wayne … Iconic Images / The Lonely Trail / 1936

27 Jun


There’s-a-long-long-trail / robert-mandell-with-the-romantic-strings-voices

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I’m guessing you noticed that those rascals used a couple of the same posters from King of the Pecos – an annoying, but not uncommon practice in those days. Not bad posters though.

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This movie is hard to come by – I could find no clips, previews – hardly anything – just a few pics – though it appears to be shown on TCM occasionally.

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Reviews

One average Review, one friendly Review, and one trashing Review …

The Lonely Trail IMDB review

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DVD Talk
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/60347/lonely-trail/
The Lonely Trail /April 30, 2013 /
Review by Stuart Galbraith IV | posted May 26, 2013

“A Reconstruction-era Western with John Wayne battling a scurrilous carpetbagger, the meaninglessly titled The Lonely Trail (1936), is fairly good, early Republic production. Though cheap ($20,000, of which Wayne received $1,750), it lacks the sausage factory mechanicalness of many of that studio’s later Westerns. The company style hadn’t quite set yet, and the picture is fresher and a bit more adult, if creaky and less fine-tuned.
Yakima Canutt, the great actor-stuntman-second unit director who helped shape Wayne’s screen persona, plays Holden’s main henchman. In an early scene, Canutt gets to demonstrate his dexterity with a pair of six-shooters that still impresses today. And it might very well have been him doubling for Wayne in a terrific stunt where Wayne’s character leaps from a galloping horse onto a runaway buckboard.
Parting Thoughts: It looks great and, for fans of B-Western, loads of fun, The Lonely Trail is heartily Recommended.”

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“Ozus’ World Movie Reviews”
LONELY TRAIL, THE (director: Joseph Kane)
“Standard Western.”
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz 10/4/2005 GRADE: C
Standard Western directed by Joseph Kane from a story by Bernard McConville, who also handles the screenplay with Jack Natteford. Republic boss Herbert Yates was a NYC stockbroker who went to Hollywood and began Monogram Studios. His cinema philosophy was all about the money–not giving two cents about a film’s artistic worth. Yate’s philosophy was that a film should make back at least three times of what it costs to make. In John Wayne, Yates found a dependable and bankable star. For Wayne, these cheapie films became his school where he learned how to act. This is one of those middling film where if Wayne wasn’t in it, it would be of little interest.

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The Lonely Trail lobby poster

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Screencaps

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I really had to wonder if my difficulty in finding this movie had something to do with it’s depiction of Black Americans in that era. It is clearly an outdated Social/Political depiction – even though it may be of some historical accuracy. I also wonder then, if future social climates will permit this film to return to our Libraries and Archives ?? I have to wonder.

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Etta McDaniel
From Rotten Tomatoes:
Actress Etta McDaniel made her stage debut along with her seven siblings as a member of H. M. Johnson’s Mighty Modern Minstrels, a Denver-based musical troupe. In the late 1920s, McDaniel and her older brother Sam headed to Hollywood, where both found steady work in bit parts. In keeping with Hollywood’s racial attitudes of the 1930s and 1940s, she was confined to the stereotypical roles usually assigned black actresses of the era: housekeepers, maids, mammies and African natives. Unlike her younger sister Hattie McDaniel, who eventually attained co-star billing and an Academy Award (for Gone with the Wind), Etta McDaniel spent her entire Hollywood career in minor roles.

John Wayne … Iconic Images / King of the Pecos / 1936

14 Jun


Clapton / the breeze (jj cale)

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King of the Pecos / 1936

Four pretty damn good posters:

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Yakima Canutt gets some lines in this movie, but is still low on the Bill.

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Yak often played a bad guy.

King of the Pecos IMDB review

King of the Pecos Allmovie review

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John demonstrates his quick draw fanning technique:

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POW !!

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Outta here …

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