John Wayne Fest

John Wayne Fest

John Wayne Fest

John Wayne Fest

In this John Wayne fest, you can examine someone who is both beloved and hated by the American public and the world. If not one of the greatest actors of his time he was certainly one of the most influential. He dominated the western and the war genre. He was a war hawk for the Vietnam War when he was old but he refused to served in World War II when many other male actors of his generation did. Sons of World War II veterans that fought in Vietnam still curse the name of Jane Fonda but exalt the man that missed their fathers war.

However you feel about John Wayne, his movies have a certain nostalgia of an American that probably never was. It would be fine if you could punch or shoot your way out of trouble and the strongest was always right. While fun in the movies, ti just doesn’t make good foreign policy.

So let the politics slide away and enjoy a carefree John Wayne Fest.

  • El Dorado (1967) – 107

      Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Actors John Wayne played the role of Cole Thornton, a gunman for hire. Wayne was first covered in Episode 2 – Chisum (1970). Paul Fix plays the town sawbones, Dr. Miller. Fix was covered in Episode 15 – The Undefeated (1969). Arthur Hunnicutt plays Bull, the bugle blowing deputy of Sheriff J.P. Harrah. Hunnicutt was covered in Episode 71 – Cat Ballou (1965). Christopher George plays Nelse McLeod, the toughest of Bart Jason’s hired guns. George was covered in Episode 2 – Chisum (1970). Robert Mitchum plays El Dorado Sheriff J.P. Harrah but … Continue reading → The post El Dorado (1967) – 107 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • Big Jake (1971) – 106

      Welcome to today’s show, Big Jake (1991), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is Big Jake (1991) a romping stomping rooting tootin man fest. This movie has so many great lines it’s fun to watch even if you’re not buying the whole premise. Most of the actors we have talked about before so I’ll jump right in. Actors John Wayne plays Jacob, the patriarch of the McCandles clan, who has been away for like 10 years because he prefers the company of men, I mean he can’t live in the same house with Martha McCandles (Maureen O’Hara). Of course, we have spoken about John Wayne extensively begin … Continue reading → The post Big Jake (1971) – 106 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • Big Jim McLain (1952) – Episode 82

    Welcome to today’s show, Big Jim McLain (1952), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is the really, really, really bad Big Jim McLain (1952) featuring John Wayne, Nancy Olson, and James Arness. This movie is supposed to be a film noir and a political thriller. I don’t quite see it. The only thing good about this movie is that it so bad you will get a few chuckles. It is the first movie in which John Wayne played a modern non-western lawman. He went on in later movies to play a few other modern crime stoppers. ACTORS John Wayne played the title role of … Continue reading → The post Big Jim McLain (1952) – Episode 82 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • Angel and the Badman (1947) – Episode 74

    Welcome to today’s show, Angel and the Badman (1947), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is Angel and the Badman (1947) staring John Wayne, Gail Russell, and Harry Carey. ACTORS I have “known” about this movie for a long time but I honestly don’t think I had ever watched it before. Perhaps I did on one of those lazy Sunday afternoon watching westerns with Dad. I am glad I took the time to watch Angel and the Badman (1947). The story was not the most original but it had enough turns to make it work. I enjoyed the role that Harry Carry played and the … Continue reading → The post Angel and the Badman (1947) – Episode 74 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) – Episode 66

    Welcome to today’s show, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) is a great western movie. It shows the struggle between the open range cattle barons and the new town folks looking to have a quiet life. The cast for this movie is outstanding in terms of modern western. But it is an amazing cast by any standard. I’ll run through the actors we have seen before first. These include: John Wayne played the role of a tough western rancher named Tom Doniphon. John Wayne was first featured in Episode 2 –Chisum … Continue reading → The post The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) – Episode 66 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • Stagecoach (1939) – Episode 61

      Welcome to today’s show, Stagecoach (1939), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. I am continuing the series about people trying to go somewhere or get somethings done and there are obstacles in the way. Stagecoach (1939) was the first sound western and the first of many times that director John Ford used Monument Valley as the setting for a film. This movie was meant a vehicle to launch two stars. For one it took, and for the other not so much. Dallas, was a woman of shall we say low moral values or in another word Awesome. The church ladies of … Continue reading → The post Stagecoach (1939) – Episode 61 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • John Wayne Fest

    In this John Wayne fest, you can examine someone who is both beloved and hated by the American public and the world. If not one of the greatest actors of his time he was certainly one of the most influential. He dominated the western and the war genre. He was a war hawk for the Vietnam War when he was old but he refused to served in World War II when many other male actors of his generation did. Sons of World War II veterans that fought in Vietnam still curse the name of Jane Fonda but exalt the man that missed their fathers war. However you feel about John Wayne, his movies have a certain nostalgia of an American that probably never was. It would be fine if you could punch or shoot your way out of trouble and the strongest was always right. While fun in the movies, ti just doesn’t make good foreign policy. So let the politics slide away and enjoy a carefree John Wayne … Continue reading → The post John Wayne Fest appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • The Alamo (1960) – Episode 49

    The Alamo (1960) and it is a star studded epic. This movie was directed, produced, and starred the great American actor John Wayne as Col. Davy Crockett, Richard Widmark as Col. Bowie, and Laurence Harvey as Col. Travis. Rough Script The Alamo (1960) Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is a little John Wayne art piece. I’m just kidding. It’s The Alamo (1960) and it is a star studded epic. This movie was directed, produced, and starred the great American actor John Wayne as Col. Davy Crockett. We covered John Wayne in Episode 2 – Chisum (1970). Another great American actor Richard Widmark played the role of Col. Jim Bowie. Richard Widmark was covered in Episode 23 – Continue reading → The post The Alamo (1960) – Episode 49 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • The Cowboys (1972) – Episode 19

    The Cowboys (1972) is a wonderful John Wayne saga where he hires school boys as cowboys to drive his herd to market. It is a coming of age story as the boys learn about life and death from Wayne and Roscoe Lee Browne as they grow into manhood. Rough Script The Cowboys (1972) Well the great actor John Wayne played the lead role of Wil Andersen. I have spoken about Wayne extensively in other podcasts so I won’t go into that again. Roscoe Lee Browne played the role of trail cook Jeb/Jebediah Nightlinger. Browne earned a masters degree and began teach French and comparative literature. In 1951, he won the world championship in the 800-yard dash. This lead to a change in profession and in 1956 the decision to become an actor. With no training his voice and presence lead to a role in the newly formed New York Shakespeare Festival. He began working on and off Broadway until 1966 when he left the theater until 1983. By … Continue reading → The post The Cowboys (1972) – Episode 19 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • The Undefeated (1969) – Episode 15

    Well, this is a manly-manly movie with lots of horses and good ole fashion American justice. Following the original Bruce Cabot line from King Kong (1933) we now arrive at The Undefeated 1969. This movie was originally billed as having the most horses ever used in a movie with 2500. According to thehorse.com the movie was filmed in Durango, Mexico, and the horses were rented from local villagers so an accurate count is not possible. The hooves were branded to identify ownership. This movie had a lot of star power including most of the traditional John Wayne posse. Of course, the biggest star in this movie was John Wayne. Wayne who never served in the military was cast in the role of Union cavalry officer Col. John Henry Thomas. Like the other 1969 movie, Wayne was a little old and a lot heavy for this part. The name John Henry Thomas seems to be based on George Henry Thomas who was known as the Rock of Chickamauga where … Continue reading → The post The Undefeated (1969) – Episode 15 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • The Green Berets (1968) – Episode 11

    The Green Berets (1968) is often listed as one of the worst war movies ever. The Green Berets (1968) is presented as a belated Veteran’s Day tribute. This movie stars John Wayne and many from his cast of regular players. I apologize late with this Veteran’s day tribute. Hopefully, this will be out before Thanksgiving. I will endeavor in the future to be more temporally appropriate. Although this movie is very popular and made a lot of money it is considered by man to be one of the worst war movies ever made. Once the film was released popular movie critic Roger Ebert gave it zero stars and cited the extensive use of cliches, depicting the war in terms of “cowboys and Indians”, and being a “heavy-handed, remarkably old-fashioned film.” It is on his “Most Hated” list. In The New York Times, Renata Adler wrote, “It is vile and insane. On top of that, it is dull.” Oliver Stone’s acclaimed anti-war film Platoon was written … Continue reading → The post The Green Berets (1968) – Episode 11 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • John Wayne – America’s Greatest Actor?

    John Wayne may be the best known of all of the American actors. For many, he typifies the concept of being an American. His bold swagger and take charge ways are valued held highly by many American. This is also the same values that cause many non-Americans to have contempt and hatred for our country. John Wayne had 181 acting credits spanning 50 years from 1926 to 1976. In those early years of Wayne’s career, he met a real western lawman who had come to Hollywood to try and sell his story. That man, from whom John Wayne learned to act like a cowboy was none other than Wyatt Earp. Wyatt Earp is such an icon of the western movie genre that a review of IMDB shows no less than 56 movies portrayed that characters spanning from the 1930’s all the way through the ought teens including the masterful Tombstone (1993). To sum up, John Wayne could not pick a better cowboy to learn from. Career Wayne went to USC … Continue reading → The post John Wayne – America’s Greatest Actor? appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • In Harm’s Way (1965) – Episode 4

    For In Harm’s Way (1965) we are still continuing the Bruce Cabot line from King Kong (1933). I love this movie. It’s all about redemption and second chances. It also shows how important getting breaks from friends are. The title of this film comes from a quote by Revolutionary War captain John Paul Jones: “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm’s way.” This movie follows a group of people starting the night before the attack on Pearl Harbor and follows them through the turning tide where the American Navy starts winning the war. It is loosely based on the Battle of Guadalcanal during WWII. As each character falls from grace they are given a reprieve often with the help of a friend. In the same way, the USA is given a second chance after they failed to prepare for the coming war. For clarification, I will use a system made famous by … Continue reading → The post In Harm’s Way (1965) – Episode 4 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • McLintock! (1963) – Episode 3

        Today’s movie McLintock! (1963) continues the Bruce Cabot line from King Kong (1933) with a review of the McLintock! (1963) which is a classic John Wayne cowboy flick. This review goes over the major characters and give a plot summary with SPOILERS. It also give a final summary of the movie. I could switch to the John Wayne stream but I’m going to stick with Bruce Cabot for a while since he is in a number of Wayne movies that I want to cover anyway. I just didn’t think I would get here this soon. Eventually I will make it back to classic black and white horror films and other assorted genres. Today I going to talk about the 1963 John Wayne movie that, on the surface, seems like just a simple western comedy. But the truth is a little stranger. Marion Robert Morrison–known to most of us as John Wayne–AKA … Continue reading → The post McLintock! (1963) – Episode 3 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

 

 

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