John Wayne Western Movie Review Santa Fe Stampede 1938

Movie lobby card for Santa Fe Stampede with John Wayne 1938

Get your hankies out for this one. The bad guys want someone else’s gold mine so bad they even kill a little girl. Lansakes, have they no heart? Santa Fe Stampede (1938) Republic, Dir: George Sherman, b/w, 55m Cast: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, June Martel, William Farnum, Le Roy Mason The Mesquiteers grubstake … Read more John Wayne Western Movie Review Santa Fe Stampede 1938

John Wayne Movie Western Review – Overland Stage Raiders 1938

Movie poster for Overland Stage Raiders film with John Wayne

The movie that finally put paid to the career of a one-time movie superstar – and we don’t mean John Wayne. Overland Stage Raiders (1938) Republic, Dir: George Sherman, b/w, 55m Cast: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, Louise Brooks, Anthony Marsh, John Archer This one had me intrigued from the word go seeing as … Read more John Wayne Movie Western Review – Overland Stage Raiders 1938

John Wayne Movie Injuries – Shot, Knifed, Blown Up & Tortured

John Wayne getting punched by James Stewart

As with the recent article on the John Wayne movies in which Duke played real-life characters I’m going to fly by the seat of my paints and pull together all the instances I can think of in which he gets shot, wounded, knocked out and/or generally kicked around without actually giving up the ghost. For … Read more John Wayne Movie Injuries – Shot, Knifed, Blown Up & Tortured

John Wayne Movie Western Review – Pals Of The Saddle 1938

John Wayne in Pals of the Saddle lobby card

Pals of the Saddle (1938) Republic, Dir: George Sherman, b/w, 55m Cast: John Wayne, Ray Corrigan, Max Terhune, Doreen McKay, Josef Forte, George Douglas Taking over the lead role of Stony Brooke from Bob Livingston who played the character in all but one of the previous sixteen entries in the series, this is the first … Read more John Wayne Movie Western Review – Pals Of The Saddle 1938

Playing For Real – Discovering 17 Historical People As Portrayed by John Wayne

The Barbarian & The Geisha film poster with John Wayne

Whilst writing numerous articles and posts for Mostly Westerns over the years I would occasionally come across little snippets of information from various sources relating to some of the roles John Wayne played in his films. On closer examination there appear to be quite a few movies in which Duke’s character has some basis in … Read more Playing For Real – Discovering 17 Historical People As Portrayed by John Wayne

John Wayne 1930s Western Movie Review – Hell Town

Hell Town 1937 movie with John Wayne lobby card

John Wayne plays a bit of a scallywag in this one, but despite this, he still manages to get the girl. Hell Town (aka Born to the West) (1937) Republic, Dir: Charles Barton, b/w, 55m Cast: John Wayne, Marsha Hunt, John Mack Brown, John Patterson, Monty Blue, Lucien Littlefield The opening of the film features … Read more John Wayne 1930s Western Movie Review – Hell Town

Another 1930s John Wayne Republic Movie Review “Winds of the Wasteland”

John Wayne movie Winds of the Wasteland

Just like the previous film John Wayne starred in for Republic, “The Lonely Trail”, this one also takes its cue from the history of the Old West, in this case, the demise of the Pony Express, which ceased running in 1861. Winds of the Wasteland (1936) Republic, Dir: Mack V. Wright, b/w, 55m Cast: John … Read more Another 1930s John Wayne Republic Movie Review “Winds of the Wasteland”

John Wayne 1930s Western Movie Review – The Lonely Trail

John Wayne The Lonely Trail lobby card

If this John Wayne 1936 Republic oater isn’t one of those “JW in disguise sent by the Governor to sort out local corruption” scenarios, we’ll eat our horse and try a couple of spurs for dessert. The Lonely Trail (1936) Republic, Dir: Joseph Kane, b/w, 56m Cast: John Wayne, Ann Rutherford, Cy Kendall, Bob Kortman, … Read more John Wayne 1930s Western Movie Review – The Lonely Trail

The Movies John Wayne Made With Howard Hawks

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Howard Hawks was more of a “genre-hopper” as opposed to a director known for working in one specific type of movie. He made screwball comedies (“Bringing Up Baby”, “His Girl Friday”), gangster and crime thrillers (“Scarface”, “ The Big Sleep”) and musicals (“A Song is Born”, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”). However, to most John Wayne fans, … Read more The Movies John Wayne Made With Howard Hawks

John Wayne 1930s Western Movie Review – King of the Pecos

John Wayne western movie King of the Pecos 1936 lobby card

Here’s another John Wayne Western in which Yakima Canutt plays the bad guy again, this time around a character called Henchman Pete. Don’t those outlaws ever have a surname? King of the Pecos (1936) Republic, Dir: Joseph Kane, b/w, 55m Cast: John Wayne, Muriel Evans, Cy Kendall, Jack Clifford, Arthur Aylsworth, Herbert Haywood Villain Alexander … Read more John Wayne 1930s Western Movie Review – King of the Pecos