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Today’s movie is The Horse Soldiers (1959). This movie was directed by John Ford and features his visual styling. The story is military, but the real issue is between, the mission-oriented commander, played by John Wayne and a doctor, more concerned with lifesaving, played by William Holden. The movie is based on a real Civil War raid that took place as a part of General Grant’s campaign to capture Vicksburg and control the Mississippi River.
There are a lot of show veterans, so, let’s jump right in.
The single-minded Union Commander Col. John Marlowe was played by John Wayne. John Wayne was first covered way back in …
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. Today’s movie is in the badassery genera and 60-70 youthful rebellion. So let’s jump right in to the first of the three released Billy Jack movies, The Born Losers (1967). Tom Laughlin, who played the role of Billy Jack also co-wrote, and directed and produced under another name. I would say he was “invested.”
Tom Laughlin was born in Wisconsin in 1931. He played football in college and was later trained in Hapkido karate. Laughlin’s first movie role was as a beaten football player on a plane with James Cagney in the These Wilder Years (1956). He was a moderately successful actor appearing in such films as South Pacific (1958) and Gidget (1959). He really made a mark when he started producing his own movies in the Billy Jack series. The character, Billy Jack, was first introduced in …