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  • True Grit (1969)

    ZS_Maverick - - The 1960's

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    I found something interesting on line while doing some research; it's an article from May of 2000 and includes an interview with Charles Portis talking about "True Grit" and John Wayne! I copied and pasted the interview here, and included the link at the bottom if you want to read the entire short article.... An Interview with Charles Portis In the summer of 2000, Charles Portis, the author of True Grit corresponded with park staff regarding the background of his novel and the famous film based …

  • Over the last three weekends I watched "The Calvary Trilogy", all four of them! (Ok, so I added "The Horse Soldiers into the mix") 1. "RIO GRANDE" - All of the experts tell me that this is the weakest of the trilogy, but being the stubborn guy that I am, this is my favorite of the three! The reason; the paring of Duke and Maureen O'Hara, and my favorite character, the action hero of the story, Tyree, played by Ben Johnson, who I thought stole the movie! Harry Carey Jr. was great in this one too …

  • The Comancheros (1961)

    ZS_Maverick - - The 1960's

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    Tonight, I’m watching one of my all-time favorite FUN John Wayne movies; "The Comancheros!" It's just a non-stop, action filled, fun popcorn flick! It's kind of like a precursor to the buddy action movie like the "Lethal Weapon" series; only with a Western or, even better, a Texas setting (with Arizona and Utah playing the part of Texas of course)! But, here’s something that’s funny about this movie; as a history buff, I like to go to some of the history or "true west" sights on line. Whenever, …

  • Santa Fe Stampede (1938)

    ZS_Maverick - - The 1930's

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    I watched this last week, and then forgot to write about it! It's a fun little B-Western, and not much else can be said about it! I'm not a big fan of Duke's "Three Mesquiteers" movies, but this one isn't bad! It has a more serious tone than the other movies of the series that Duke starred in, including a brutal double murder you don't often see in an old B Western! There was action and suspense and the good guys won at the end; everything you'd expect from this kind of movie! The climax was a l…

  • I watched this last week, and then forgot to write about it! It's a fun little B-Western, and not much else can be said about it! I'm not a big fan of Duke's "Three Mesquiteers" movies, but this one isn't bad! It has a more serious tone than the other movies of the series that Duke starred in, including a brutal double murder you don't often see in an old B Western! There was action and suspense and the good guys won at the end; everything you'd expect from this kind of movie! The climax was a l…

  • The Big Trail (1930)

    ZS_Maverick - - The 1930's

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    I watched “The Big Trail” last night; and as stated in a previous comment, this is a very underrated movie! This movie, for me, goes right alongside the later Duke Classics, or at least I have a new appreciation of it! The good points about the movie: Director Raoul Walsh did a great job of painting an authentic picture of “The Oregon Trail”; he didn’t white-wash it! He showed the brutality of the wagon train life; from crossing the canyons and cliffs, crossing the desert, the aftermath of the I…

  • I watched “The Big Trail” last night; and as stated in a previous comment, this is a very underrated movie! This movie, for me, goes right alongside the later Duke Classics, or at least I have a new appreciation of it! The good points about the movie: Director Raoul Walsh did a great job of painting an authentic picture of “The Oregon Trail”; he didn’t white-wash it! He showed the brutality of the wagon train life; from crossing the canyons and cliffs, crossing the desert, the aftermath of the I…

  • Merry Christmas 2016

    ZS_Maverick - - Off Topic Discussions

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    A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to my fellow Duke fans!

  • To celebrate Kirk Douglas' 100th Birthday, I watched "The War Wagon!" This was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid; I still love it! Just a fun movie with action and humor! Haven't watched it in a long time and enjoyed it all over again!

  • Hello, again! Just checking in! Just found your Facebook page and just "liked it" (that phrase still sounds silly to me!) I look forward to talking to you! I'll try to check in more! Zane (Maverick) Smith

  • Howdy, y'all! Sorry I haven't been that active, but I'm just not on-line that much! Will try to check in more! I've been busy with my "day job" as on-air tech at a TV station, and indulging in my hobby that combines country music and comedy; been doing some singer/songwriter gatherings around. (I guess I'm a musician/comedian...unless the audience doesn't laugh, then I'm just a musician!) Anyway, I'll try to check in and be more active on here! Feel free to come see me on Facebook -I check in on…

  • Well, here in Texas we had John Wayne Day! Our Gov. made it official! Duke might have been born in Iowa, raised in California, and had ranchland in Arizona; but we Texans have adopted him! (Some of Duke's family members were even at the Texas Ranger game a few nights ago to promote the "Show Your Grit" fight against cancer campaign!) So here in Texas we tipped our hats to him and raised our glasses to our favorite honorary Texan! Oh, by the way, it's been a while since I've checked in, so Howdy!

  • Re: The Alamo (1960)

    ZS_Maverick - - The 1960's

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    Just signed the petition. Don't know if it will do any good, but here's hoping.

  • Re: Rooster Cogburn (1975)

    ZS_Maverick - - The 1970's

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    Just watched this one again (as a double feature with "True Grit"). This is one of my favorites as well. As a guy a guy that's dabbled in comedy, the biggest thing about this movie I notice is Duke and Kate's comic timing. I know what lines are coming up, but they still make me laugh. It's all in the delivery!

  • Last week in Texoma (North Texas and Southern Oklahoma) our grounds were covered with solid ice! This is more ice than I've EVER seen in this area. The ice pack is just now melting away. Anyway, this is what I posted on my Facebook page... It's So Cold Outside. (How Cold is it?) • It’s so cold, We had to chisel the dog off a lamp-post • It's so cold that the local flasher was caught “describing” himself to women. •It's so cold, you light a candle and the flame freezes • your false teeth chatter,…

  • “The Lone Ranger” from 1956, and “The Lone Ranger and The Lost City of Gold” from 1958, both starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels. I saw the new “Lone Ranger” movie, which I thought was great. I had a great time watching that movie. It was one fun ride, and one of my new favorite movies. But as much as I like it, it’s just not THE Lone Ranger! So this weekend, I got out my old DVD’s of these two movies, and enjoyed them once again! For what are basically B Movies, these films are really go…

  • “The Lone Ranger” from 1956, and “The Lone Ranger and The Lost City of Gold” from 1958, both starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels. I saw the new “Lone Ranger” movie, which I thought was great. I had a great time watching that movie. It was one fun ride, and one of my new favorite movies. But as much as I like it, it’s just not THE Lone Ranger! So this weekend, I got out my old DVD’s of these two movies, and enjoyed them once again! For what are basically B Movies, these films are really go…

  • “The Lone Ranger” (2013) Had to go see this movie - when I was a kid, before I discovered John Wayne, there was The LoneRanger! This is not the “The Lone Ranger” we grew up with, and while no one can replace Clayton Moore as the Ranger, I found myself really liking this take on the story. Here, the villains are darker, there’s a spaghetti western look in some scenes, and even a little bit of a Weird Western element. There’s also a lot of humor and lots of action. This is the most fun I’ve had at…

  • You see, this is why I never have and never will listen to critics; just came back from “The Lone Ranger”, and to echo Jim’s review, I LOVED IT, and also have a new title to add to my list of favorite Westerns! Just a fun, fun movie! The most fun I’ve had at the movies in a long, long,time!

  • You see, this is why I never have and never will listen to critics; just came back from “The Lone Ranger”, and to echo Jim’s review, I LOVED IT, and also have a new title to add to my list of favorite Westerns! Just a fun, fun movie! The most fun I’ve had at the movies in a long, long,time!

  • “The Lawless Nineties” It’s something I can’t say very often, but here’s a JohnWayne western I had never seen until now. It’s one of the Republic B-Westernsfrom the mid-thirties, and a good one!

  • “The Lawless Nineties” It’s something I can’t say very often, but here’s a JohnWayne western I had never seen until now. It’s one of the Republic B-Westernsfrom the mid-thirties, and a good one!

  • “The Lawless Nineties” It’s something I can’t say very often, but here’s a JohnWayne western I had never seen until now. It’s one of the Republic B-Westernsfrom the mid-thirties, and a good one!

  • “The Lawless Nineties” It’s something I can’t say very often, but here’s a JohnWayne western I had never seen until now. It’s one of the Republic B-Westernsfrom the mid-thirties, and a good one!