John Wayne Movies I Missed – Part 1

Allegheny Uprising with John Wayne

Looking back over the numerous articles I’ve written in the last year it may not have escaped anyone’s notice that I have generally concentrated on the high profile and better known John Wayne movies. There’s a reason for this. First of all, when I was in my teens, John Wayne did not necessarily represent the … Read more

The Best John Wayne Western Movie Intros

John Wayne in The Searchers

At the risk of sounding as if I’m stating the obvious, we all watch a John Wayne movie to see him in action, whether that be a John Wayne western, one of his war films or any other genre. You wait in anticipation for Duke to make an entrance because you know that once he’s … Read more

John Wayne Movie Punch Ups – And The Winner Is…

john wayne in cowboys

Considering the number of movie fistfights John Wayne has indulged in over the years I thought I’d revisit some of them to see how our boy fared mano a mano, as they say down Mexico way. This list is fairly arbitrary – not all of the films mentioned here are Westerns – so apologies if I … Read more

‘Is That You John Wayne?’ Remakes and Impressions

John Wayne in The Alamo poster

I was checking out a Western made a year or so back called Bone Tomahawk – a mashup of The Searchers meets The Walking Dead and a film I would suggest you do not watch if you have either recently eaten or intend to eat – and the sight of Kurt Russell channeling his inner … Read more

John Ford Westerns

John Ford's classic My Darling Clementine

John Ford is obviously mainly known for directing Westerns, some of the most acclaimed of them starring John Wayne. Wayne appeared in 8 of the 14 Westerns John Ford directed in the sound period, with Ford directing his last Western, Cheyenne Autumn, in 1963. I’m going to take a look at those non-JW Ford Westerns, … Read more

9 More Of John Wayne’s Leading Ladies

Capucine in a tub in North To Alaska

There seems to be a number of John Wayne fans coming up with further suggestions for the article I wrote recently about John Wayne’s leading ladies. So due to popular demand I’ve decided to revisit the subject once more to include the actresses that didn’t make it onto that first list. John Wayne’s Leading Ladies (9 more)Sophia … Read more

9 Worst Baddies From John Wayne Westerns

Mexican Army in the Alamo

Dealing specifically with John Wayne Westerns only, here’s my list of the most darndest, lowdown, back-shooting hornswaggling varmints that ever graced the screen in a Duke cowboy movie. All of the following apart from one don’t make it to the end of their respective films alive. Just in case you’re not sure I’ll provide the … Read more

John Wayne’s Leading Ladies – My Top 9

Vera Miles in The Searchers with John Wayne photo

This is a mildly diverting read concerning 9 of the leading ladies we love and remember from co-starring opposite John Wayne. The choice is not necessarily restricted to the actresses who appeared with Wayne in his Westerns but inevitably there’s going to be some bias towards that genre. I’m going to consider the actresses in … Read more

The Ultimate Top 20 John Wayne Movie Westerns – IMHO

John Wayne

I originally posted an article on my favourite top 10 John Wayne Movie Westerns that I caught at the cinema at the time they were released. Bearing in mind that I was 4 years old when my parents took me to see The Searchers this means there’s a whole bunch of Westerns Wayne made before … Read more

The John Wayne Best Westerns Round Ups – Part V

Ann Margret in The Train Robbers

This is the last of my John Wayne westerns round ups. These round ups all started because of the response from the first article which was The 10 Best John Wayne Westerns of My Childhood a nostalgic look at the Duke’s western films I remember seeing when growing up at the actual time I saw them.  Good news though … Read more

The Quiet Man, Cong and Connemara Days

John Wayne, Victor Mclaglen & Ward Bond in The Quiet Man

The stand out movie The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara was shot in and around the village of Cong in County Mayo so, making a mental note of the name of the place, I decided that if I was ever in the area I’d take a look at some of the locations used for … Read more

The John Wayne Best Westerns Round Up – Part IV

John Wayne in Chisum

When it comes to songs being sung over the credits of any John Wayne Western then the number one spot goes to the Sons of the Pioneers singing the theme to The Searchers. After that maybe El Dorado and True Grit (great music, not so hot lyrics) tying for second place. Johnny Horton singing North … Read more

The John Wayne Best Westerns Round Up – Part III

McLintock with John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara

I’m only reviewing the following movie simply because it’s a Western and it has John Wayne in it, although he probably only appears for about two minutes in a film that runs for approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes. So what’s the film? How the West Was Won (1962) Wayne plays General Sherman in the Civil … Read more

The John Wayne Best Westerns Round Up – Part II

JOhn Wayne in The Horse Soldiers

A question for all you John Wayne fans out there – in what year did our hero make the film Rio Bravo? If you answer 1959, when Wayne starred in the film directed by Howard Hawks, then you’d be wrong. Rio Grande (1950)  The answer is 1950, which was when Wayne reprised his character of … Read more

John Wayne Goes To War: Duke’s WWII Films of the 1960s

John Wayne in The Longest Day

The Longest Day (1962) I admit to this being one of my all time favourite WWII films that just happens to have John Wayne in it. It’s not strictly a John Wayne WWII movie, as he features alongside a positive plethora of other Hollywood stalwarts such as Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Robert Ryan and Rod Steiger to … Read more

John Wayne Goes to War: Duke’s WWII Films of the 1950s

Operation Pacific (1951) Now. What’s not to like about Operation Pacific? It’s John Wayne’s first WWII movie of the 1950s AND it’s a submarine movie as well and I just love submarine films. Whilst not exactly in the same league as Das Boot or Run Silent Run Deep – who could ever forget Clark Gable and Burt … Read more

The John Wayne Best Westerns Round Up – Part I

Red River with John Wayne Walter Brennan

I recently wrote an article listing my 10 Best John Wayne Westerns I saw as a child. The reaction was very positive but quite a few people lamented the omission of John Wayne classics such as Red River, McLintock and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, to name a few. This is, therefore, an attempt to round up … Read more

The Quiet Man – A Marmite Movie?

John Wayne in The Quiet Man

The eagle-eyed among you will note that this website is called MostlyWesterns.com and the John Wayne fans will acknowledge that The Quiet Man movie isn’t actually a Western. The Quiet Man – A Western Movie I wanted to write about it because, after The Searchers, this is probably the second most popular cinematic outing for … Read more

Harry Carey and John Ford – The Universal Years 1917 – 1921

John (Jack) Ford Harry Carey etc. on set 1917

At the end of The Searchers, John Wayne famously stands in the doorway as the family he has helped to reunite disappear into the darkness of the cabin in front of him. Before turning away into the four winds that will carry Ethan Edwards away to an unknown future, Wayne clutches his lower right arm … Read more