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While at West Point Denton rebuffs Evelyn Palmer who shows up later as the wife of his commanding officer in Arizona. When he takes a shine to her sister Bonita, Evelyn accuses him of making illicit advances toward her while the Colonel's away. The Colonel asks for Denton's resignation. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Romantic Duke
12 March 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I suppose that on the plus side for John Wayne in this film he got to put on a football jersey which up until recently he had been wearing for the University of Southern California. Here he plays a cadet who kicks the winning field goal in the Army/Navy game before graduating West Point.

The Duke is the foster son of Colonel Forrest Stanley and after graduation he's been assigned out in Arizona to the army post that Stanley is commandant of. Before leaving he rather callously gives the air to Laura LaPlante who he'd been seeing. Laura doesn't take the breakup well and without Wayne knowing it, makes a play for Stanley who she marries. She's out living in Arizona with Stanley and her sister June Clyde before Wayne arrives at the post.

John Wayne fans should realize that this is not the Duke they're accustomed to. He's playing the kind of hero/heel part that Tyrone Power later perfected so well. It doesn't wear well on Wayne at all.

In fact as I watched Arizona and did a little research on it, I saw that it was remake of a silent film of the same name that starred that greatest of swashbucklers Douglas Fairbanks. No wonder I thought that this was a film better played by someone like Tyrone Power.

In the Citadel Film Series book, The Films of John Wayne, Arizona is listed under its later title of Men Are Like That. My guess is that the title was changed to not confuse viewers with the later Jean Arthur William Holden western Arizona. Of course the title need not have been changed at all, but I suspect this Arizona was re-released to take advantage of John Wayne's burst into major stardom following Stagecoach. Harry Cohn could do little else because John Wayne was pointedly not working for Columbia Pictures after Cohn fired him and later tried to blackball him in the industry. There was never any new Duke product for Columbia after Wayne became a legend.

Probably only the Duke's most devoted fans would want to see Arizona.


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