John Wayne Goes to War: Duke’s WWII Films of the 1940s

The Fighting Seabees John Wayne WWII movie

By my reckoning the first film John Wayne appeared in that touched upon the subject of the second World War was John Ford’s rather melancholy The Long Voyage Home, released in 1940. The boat on which Wayne serves as a (Swedish?) crew member is attacked by a German fighter plane. The boat is eventually sunk … 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

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 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 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

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

John Wayne Movies I Missed Part 8

Circus World with John Wayne poster

The Magnificent Showman (aka Circus World) (1964) Another John Wayne movie I saw as a kid when it first came out and I remember the spectacle of the circus boat keeling over in the harbour, and the climax at the end of The Magnificent Showman (aka Circus World) when the giant tent burns down. The … Read more

John Wayne Movies I Missed Part 7

Sophia Loren on the set of Legend of the Lost with John Wayne

Get comfy and grab a coffee for this the next of 5 more John Wayne Movie reviews from the late 1950’s. They’re not all good. Feel free to comment below or head over to our Facebook page. Jet Pilot (1957?) Howard Hughes has a lot to answer for when it comes to producing JW movies. … 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

10 Best John Wayne Western Movie Themes

Having covered John Wayne Western Theme tunes, I thought I’d give consideration to the best orchestral themes as well. Just like the previous article, I’m hoping this one will initiate a debate between the readers of MostlyWesterns regarding their own favourite JW theme. For the purpose of this article JW theme music is defined as … Read more

The Quiet Man – Behind the Scenes

JOhn Wayne & Maureen O'Hara in The Quiet Man

I thought I’d share some background information and a behind the scenes look at the making of The Quiet Man, bearing in mind the number of people I have met and spoken to over the years who were actually involved in the film itself.A few minutes into the film we see Barry Fitzgerald and John Wayne … 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

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

Andrew McLaglen – Thoughts on The Quiet Man And A Lot More

John Wayne & Andrew McLaglen on the set of The Quiet Man

I first met Andrew McLaglen in the early summer of 1998. A producer friend of mine, Gareth Owen, who is still based at Pinewood, suggested we send Andrew a copy of my script for a film called Connemara Days, which is based around the making of The Quiet Man.It turned out that he was a … Read more

I Thought Cong Was in Connemara – The Quiet Man Location

The Quiet Man Poster

Back in the early 90s I was reading a book by the now-deceased British film director Lindsay Anderson (he directed If, O Lucky Man and Britannia Hospital among others) when I came across the mention of a meeting Anderson had with John Ford in Dublin, in 1951, while Ford was in Ireland shooting location footage … Read more