A retrospective of the career of actor John Wayne, showing clips from many of his most famous films.



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Credited cast:
Larry Moses ...
Himself (voice)
Himself (archive footage)


This is a short documentary on the life and films of "The Duke". Instead of using film clips, the producers of this film chose to use trailers from various movies. These include Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers, The Green Berets and several others. Many of Waynes most memorable films including True Grit are only mentioned briefly with occasional production stills. Written by Robert Huff

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"John Wayne was singularly contradictory . . . "
10 March 2016 | by (The Gutters of Baltimore) – See all my reviews

. . . Larry Moss narrates Jerome Stern's thinking about a "film icon" to some during the documentary JOHN WAYNE ON FILM. At least half the 27-minute running time here is given over to excerpts from Gonzo movie trailers touting Wayne flicks from STAGECOACH and FORT APACHE to THE ALAMO and THE GREEN BERETS. In between such throw-away footage, narrator Moss rehashes the basic ingredients of Wayne's life probably known by now even to "undiscovered" Amazon Tribal Peoples. The fact that Wayne's mom dumped his sickly dad in a divorce totally anachronistic for the Early 1900s while Marion Mitchell Morrison still was in Primary School, causing the humiliated Wayne-to-be to rename himself after a family mutt. Then Triple M dropping out of school as a sophomore, followed by all the hard-drinking, chain-smoking, and many failed marriages of his own. But little light is shed upon the roots of the personal vindictiveness destroying the lives of hundreds of his peers. Moss allows that many, if not most, of Wayne's flicks "will not stand the test of time." But dismissing Wayne simply as "kind and cruel" is too facile. A better place for Wayne newbies to start might be with Louis Karel's biography documenting Marion's sophomore year hazing assault perpetrated by a gang of Jewish intellectuals, titled JOHN WAYNE: AMER!CAN ANTICHRIST.

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