Big Jake (1971) – 106

Big Jake (1971)

 

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

Angel and the Badman (1947) – Episode 74

Angel and the Badman (1947) John Wayne and Gail Russell

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

Cat Ballou (1965) – Episode 71

Cat Ballou (1965)

Welcome to today’s show, Cat Ballou (1965), 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 Cat Ballou (1965) a wonderful comedy western staring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin.

Actors

Lee Marvin plays two roles, that of gunfighters Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn. Marvin won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Marvin was covered in Episode 66 – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Bruce Cabot played the small role of Sheriff Maledon who escorted Clay on the train. Cabot was covered in Episode 1 – King Kong (1933)

Jane Fonda played the title role of Cat Ballou. Fonda was born … Continue reading

The Undefeated (1969) – Episode 15

The Undefeated (1969)

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 Green Berets (1968) – Episode 11

green beret

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

Bruce Cabot Bio

King Kong 1933 Movie Lineage

Bruce Cabot

Bruce Cabot is well known to you whether you know it or not. Moving from a leading man to a sidekick role Cabot became a regular feature in most John Wayne movies such as The Comancheros (1961), Hatari! (1962), McLintock! (1963), In Harm’s Way (1965), The War Wagon (1967), The Green Berets (1968), Hellfighters (1969), The Undefeated (1969), Chisum (1970), and Big Jake (1971), a movie that has more quotable lines than an episode of Game of Thrones. Cabot became Wayne’s on-screen and off-screen drink buddy.

Bruce Cabot was the leading man and hero in King Kong (1933) but somehow he never made the transition to leading man. Bruce Cabot auditioned for the role of The Ringo Kid in Stagecoach (1939). John Wayne was eventually cast in the John Ford western and became on of the most important actors in Hollywood. Bruce Cabot was reduced to supporting roles from then on out. This clearly illustrated the … Continue reading

In Harm’s Way (1965) – Episode 4

In Harm's Way (1965)

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

McLintock! (1963) – Episode 3

McLintock! (1963)

 

 

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

Chisum (1970) – Episode 2

Chisum (1970) John Wayne and Ben Johnson

Chisum (1970) continues the Bruce Cabot line from King Kong (1933). Chisum (1970) is a classic John Wayne cowboy flick. Like all of the other reviews, this one gives my own special take on the movie, historical notes, and my world famous short summary. After reviewing the major characters this review goes over the plot point by point.

This movie generally covers the Lincoln County War and the rise of Billy the Kid.

John Simpson Chisum: [lighting the sergeant’s cigar] Sergeant, there’s one thing I oughtta tell you; if you lay a hand on White Buffalo again, I’ll kill ya’.

I am connecting from King Kong (1933) to Chisum (1970) because Bruce Cabot was in both movies.

What can I say about the star of this movie that hasn’t been said before? Marion Robert Morrison starred as John Chisum but of course, you know the actor as John Wayne. 181 acting credits spanning 50 years … Continue reading

King Kong (1933) – Episode 1

King Kong (1933)

 

We take on the king of them all – King Kong (1933). This is the king (see what I did there) of all monster movies and set the bar for what was to come. But has anyone done it better?

Today I’m going to talk about the movie King Kong (1933). If you just thought about the 1976 or the 2005 version, or even the 207 version, this ain’t it. I’m talking about the 1933 real King Kong (1933)  movie. This is the one with bi-planes and Fay Wray.

This is an American-made film in the monster/adventure genre. It was never nominated for an Oscar. Oddly this film had two directors both of which were uncredited. The first, Merian C. Cooper, is better known as a producer for at least 5 John Wayne films, with one of the most interesting being The Searchers (1956) which is loosely based on the search for Cynthia Parker, a kidnapped white woman who became the mother of the last Comanche chief, Quanah … Continue reading