The Ultimate Top 20 John Wayne Movie Westerns – IMHO

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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

How Many Times Was John Wayne Stuck with a Lance for His Death Scene in “The Alamo”?

John Wayne in The Alamo poster

It’s ten minutes into the final assault in “The Alamo”, and Dimitri Tiomkin’s superlative score heralds the beginning of the end for Davy Crockett. He makes his way towards the door of the mission, torch in hand, rifle in the other, turning as he runs and throwing the weapon in the face of an advancing … 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

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’s 1930s Western Movie Reviews – The Lucky Texan

John Wayne in The Lucky Texan

Another 1930s western movie where John Wayne as Jerry Mason, comes back from college. College? What did he study? Riding shotgun? “Gabby” Hayes plays a character called “Grandy” Benson. The Lucky Texan (1934) Lone Star, Dir: Robert N. Bradbury, b/w, 54m Cast: John Wayne, Barbara Sheldon, Lloyd Whitlock, George ‘Gabby’ Hayes, Yakima Canutt, Eddie Parker … Read more

A Must For All Lovers of Film But Why “The Searchers”?

Monument Valley with lone rider

In the preface to a book dedicated solely to a collection of essays on The Searchers (The Searchers: Essays and Reflections on John Ford’s Classic Western, edited by Eckstein and Lehman) one of the editor’s mentions a video installation set up in the desert a few miles to the east of Los Angeles back in … 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

John Wayne Western Movie Theme Songs

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John Wayne Western Movie Theme Songs This is a list in ascending order of some of my favorite John Wayne western movie theme songs and tunes which I hope is going to stir a debate or two amongst JW fans out there. There’s one feature that I nearly always mention in passing when writing a … Read more

“Stagecoach” – The First John Wayne / John Ford Film?

John Wayne on set with John Ford

Early John Wayne Films Directed by John Ford There is a suggestion in a number of Wayne filmographies that his first appearance in a John Ford film was as an extra in the silent Mother Machree, released in 1928. The film, however, was actually shot in 1926 but held back for release until 1928 whilst … 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

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

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