The Quiet Man – A Marmite Movie?

John Wayne in The Quiet Man

The eagle-eyed among you will note that this website is called MostlyWesterns.com and the John Wayne fans will acknowledge that The Quiet Man movie isn’t actually a Western. The Quiet Man – A Western Movie I wanted to write about it because, after The Searchers, this is probably the second most popular cinematic outing for … Read more

John Wayne Goes to War: Duke’s WWII Films of the 1950s

Operation Pacific (1951) Now. What’s not to like about Operation Pacific? It’s John Wayne’s first WWII movie of the 1950s AND it’s a submarine movie as well and I just love submarine films. Whilst not exactly in the same league as Das Boot or Run Silent Run Deep – who could ever forget Clark Gable and Burt … 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

“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

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 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 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

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

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