John Wayne & John Ford Movies Part I

John Wayne and director John Ford forged a screen partnership that produced a body of work almost unparalleled in Hollywood history. If either of them had never made any other films they would both still be lauded for having produced some of the most famous and popular movies ever made, the majority of them firmly … Read more John Wayne & John Ford Movies Part I

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 John Ford Westerns

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 III

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 II

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

Remembering Harry “Dobe” Carey Jr.

Harrey Carey Jr. with John Wayne

I first made contact with Harry Carey Jr., or ‘Dobe’; as he came to be known, back in 1998. I’d met up with the film director Andrew McLaglen at Pinewood studios to discuss a script I’d written about the making of The Quiet Man on which he had worked as an unaccredited assistant director in … Read more Remembering Harry “Dobe” Carey Jr.