James Stewart & Anthony Mann – The Westerns PII

In the 1950s James Stewart appeared in a series of films directed by Anthony Mann and five of them were westerns. This is part 2 of a look at this collaboration. You can find Part 1 here. The Naked Spur (1953) When you hear the theme music to films such as Shane, The Big Country and The … Read more James Stewart & Anthony Mann – The Westerns PII

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 John Wayne Movie Punch Ups – And The Winner Is…

John Wayne Movies – Republic 1939 – The Final Roundup

New Frontier movie with John Wayne poster

As I’m reviewing all of the films John Wayne starred in from Stagecoach all the way through to The Shootist, for the sake of completeness it’s only right that I include the four oaters he made for Republic after the release of Stagecoach in 1939. I’ve also included A Man Betrayed, a JW film that … Read more John Wayne Movies – Republic 1939 – The Final Roundup

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 More Of John Wayne’s Leading Ladies

‘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 ‘Is That You John Wayne?’ Remakes and Impressions

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.

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 Andrew McLaglen – Thoughts on The Quiet Man And A Lot 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 I Thought Cong Was in Connemara – The Quiet Man Location