The Many Western Movies of John Sturges

Director John Sturges began his career in 1946, helming a number of popular film noirs in the early years with titles such as “Shadowed” and “The Sign of the Ram”. Despite his eventual recognition as a director of Westerns, he … Read more

Randolph Scott & The 7 “Ranown Cycle” Movies

Having spent numerous hours watching all of the films featured in this three-part article on a series of seven movies known as the ‘Ranown’ cycle, I’ve decided to reference a well-informed essay by film critic Richard T. Jameson in the … Read more

Sergio Leone & His Western Movies

Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates

Sergio Leone only directed eight films in his short but impressive career. His first two movies were examples of the popular sword and sandal Italian movies of the late 1950s / early 1960s, Leone credited as an assistant director on … Read more

John Wayne In Romantic Comedy Movie Roles

Hatari poster with John Wayne

I’ve never been that keen on John Wayne doing ‘funny’. To me, he’s just not cut out to be either a clown or the butt of someone else’s joke but Duke obviously didn’t mind, seeing as he appeared in a … Read more

Movie Review of Adventure’s End

a lobby card showing John Wayne in Adventures End

Despite a claim by at least one reviewer that they actually watched the film back in 2004, it would appear that “Adventure’s End” is now considered to be missing in action, along with “The Oregon Trail”, which was released a … Read more

John Wayne Movie Review – Idol of the Crowds 1936

Lobby card of Idol of the Crowds with John Wayne

Idol of the Crowds (1936) Universal Dir: Arthur Lubin, b/w, 60mCast: John Wayne, Sheila Bromley, Billy Burrud, Russell Hopton, Huntley Gordon, Charles Brokaw In a world where characters with names such as Swifty, Hank and Spike shout insults at each … Read more

John Wayne Movie Review – I Cover The War!

Lobby card of "I Cover The War! with John Wayne

I Cover the War! (1936) Universal, Dir: Arthur Lubin b/w, 65m Cast: John Wayne, Gwen Gaze, Don Barclay, Charles Brokaw, James Bush, Pat Somerset “I Cover the War!” is a contemporary comedy stroke melodrama featuring John Wayne and Don Barclay … Read more

California Straight Ahead 1937 Movie Review

california straight ahead poster

In this, the third of the six films John Wayne starred in for Universal in the mid-1930s, he plays school bus driver Biff Smith who sings “Merrily we roll along” with the youngsters, the cynic in me anticipating that something … Read more

The Western Adventures of Duke and Gabby – 15 Movies

Gabby Hayes and John Wayne

I think I’m on safe ground by stating that John Wayne’s most faithful sidekick throughout his early career was George “Gabby” Hayes” who also moonlighted in the same capacity over the years for Roy Rogers, William “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd, Gene … Read more

John Wayne 1936 Movie Review – Conflict

Conflict 1936 movie lobby card with John Wayne

There’s a surprisingly interesting premise at work in this film. A boxer by the name of Gus “Knockout” Corrigan, played by Ward Bond, travels from town to town challenging any local to a fight. Turning up in a community in … Read more

Sea Spoilers 1936 – John Wayne Movie Review

Movie poster for Sea Spoilers with JOhn Wayne

For a brief period of time, John Wayne took a break from his contract with Republic Studios and signed on with Universal to appear in six non-cowboy adventure films. Within a year and a half, he returned to Republic Studios … Read more