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  • Nice to meet you Mrs Clinton.

  • I believe I have everyone that is reasonably available that it is confirmed that Duke was in. Some just aren't available anymore including two he played the lead in from the late 30s, Adventure's End and The Oregon Trail. I even have some of the pre-"Big Trail" movies where he was just a double or a prop man and can't necessarily be seen in the movie. The are some of those that aren't available. A few years ago a prominent member here who no longer posts (Elly-her posts are still here) found sev…

  • Watching TV last night and flipping over between commercials and there's this big deal Rodeo on. Stopped for a minute to watch and hear the announcer introducing one of the competitors and saying "He starred in movies with John Wayne and is a seven time world rodeo champion" Stopped and looked and researched and Clay O'brien aka "Hardy Fimps" from The Cowboys, and "Billy Joe Cahill" is still a team roping competitor at an elite level. Pretty good for a 57 year old man. Once in John Wayne films, …

  • Quote from NormAtHome: “There were several comedians, mostly in the 70's and probably most notably Rich Little (if I remember right) who used "pilgrim" in their impression of the Duke all the time. I think mainly people who've only seen a couple of John Wayne's movies seem to think he said that in a lot of his westerns but as several people here have mentioned there really were only the two and he used it the most in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance when talking to Jimmy Stewart, he may have sai…

  • I understand that there's no paint on teh hat in teh movie that we see but there may have been lots of takes and film left on the cutting room floor. I don't know but I have an expensive stetson that I didn't wear for years and when I went to put it on again I thought my head had gotten fat. I steamed it several stimes and strectched it back to the point I could wear it again.

  • The final Duke related pictures from LA. We visited Duke's grave on the same day we went to the other places in Newport Beach. The grave isn't actually in Newport but from the hill he is buried on you can still see the ocean.. Instructions from the internetled us right to the site. There is a very nice Memorial Park at the gate honoring fallen heroes from all services, police, and firefighters. Duke's grave is simply marked in a cemetery where excessive wealth is prominently on display. I'm sure…

  • The Musso and Frank Grill. The last night in California we decided to go somewhere really nice to eat. On one of our trips around Hollywood we had been told about The Musso and Frank Grillthat had been open in the same location since 1919 and had been host to almost every star to ever shine in Hollywood. So we made early evening reservations on a Thursday and the place was really pretty cool. This is one of those places that being a waiter is a long term career choice and many have been there fo…

  • Around Hollywood. Getting close to the end of the Duke "Pilgrim"age. Around Hollywood there are a few signs of Duke though not as many as I am sure there were a few years ago. The first two pictures are of the Hollywood Athletic Club. Most web sites list Duke as a charter member and I remember reading that Ford, Wayne, Bond, and a few others had a "Drinking Room" somewhere in the tower. The next four pictures are of a mural at an intersection of Hollywood Blvd. Lots of easy to recognize folks up…

  • Cool pictures! They let you go right up to the wax figures? That is awesome. They ask that you not touch the faces but everything is set up for you to step right up to them. Like I said, a little corny (the 18 year old said it was creepy) but still fun.

  • Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. A block or so west of Grauman's Theater is Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. I had always figured this would be kind of corny, and it was, but it was fun at the same time. You can only take so many pictures with Duke and I wanted to put some of the other pictures here as well. I suspect you will recognize every one. The last one with Elvis are both daughters and my wife. Some of the figures were very life like. Some less so. Duke's figure was one of the "Just OK" ones. Th…

  • This picture is of Duke with the 1971 Heisman Trophy Winner, Pat Sullivan of Auburn University, at the Heisman Awards dinner. There are pieces of video out there somewhere but I can't find John Wayne in any of them. Pat Sullivan was my boyhood football hero and this picture is one of my all time favorites since it has both my heroes in it. Don't know who the guys behind them are. index.php

  • Here's a couple more articles on this Great American Hero. And indeed he was named after Duke. Couple More, and I love this guy. shouldersofgiants.com/2015/11/…-hero-john-wayne-walding/ Link

  • There's a long thread on this site discussing missing and rare movies. I guess the big two are Oregon Trail and Adventure's End. In most of the others named as missing he was either a double, a face in a crowd, or a propman. As far as missing scenes I guess The Alamo scenes that are not in the currently available releases are the most famous "missing scenes". Some on here have lazer disks or old VHS with the full length version. There are other scens that were cut before release that get a lot o…

  • I was looking for something else and came across this article about NASCAR honoring John Wayne Walding. Walding was born in 81-82 in Texas. My guess is that he was named after our hero. I served with a guy in the 80s whose name was John Wayne Edwards and he said his "momma was a big fan". index.php

  • More Hollywood Walk of Fame pictures. In all these I managed to get the BATJAC logo down but sometimes there were just too many people moving around. Later I will try to post some others and some that aren't associated with Duke but are pretty cool.

  • A related article indicates that perhaps Ethan was wrong on one of them. The Hat

  • Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a hike if you cover it all at one time. I'm not sure of the exact distances but if you walk both sides of Hollywood Blvd and the sections of Vine Street I estimate the total walk to be over three miles. My family did parts of this together and I did the rest on mornings when everyone else was moving slow and I figured I had an hour or so. We were staying just off Sunset Blvd so I could drive five minutes before 8:00 AM, park and walk parts of…

  • I went looking last night and found this picture of Wyatt Earp from the 1890s. I have read that Duke met Earp during his early movie days and might have been emulating Earp with how he wore his gun.

  • Here is an article from 2002 about the demo John Wayne's home set to ride into sunset - tribunedigital-chicagotribune Glad I didn't crash the gate then.....:^)

  • I have heard before that his home in Newport was razed and a new home built on the property. Could be. I have looked at Google Earth and can't seem to find one that looks like pictures I have seen. Also, there's no street view in that neighborhood. Newport is like nowhere I have ever seen. You can just feel the wealth. Within three blocks there is a Porsche Dealer, a Ferrari dealer, and a Maserati Showroom all on the same street. Everything is clean, the sidewalks are wide, the buildings are bea…

  • That is my take as well, get the gun butt as close to your hand as possible, but I do know it was also a personal preference and pictures of many of the real "gunmen" of the day show them with the gun butt pretty high up on the side and others with cross draws and others with lowered holsters. Eastwood wore his guns pretty high compared to Duke in many of his movies, especially Josie Wales. Many "gunfighter holsters' have the holster hung from a an area built into the belt which lowers the holst…

  • I remember seeing The Cowboys at a drive in 1972. I was 13. I have been told I went to True Grit the same way but I don't remember that. Hooked from that night in 1972.

  • We went to the grave site as well. Thought I'd save them for last.

  • The Wild Goose---After leaving John Wayne Airport we tried to go to his home in Newport. GPS took us right up to a gate about 1/2 mile from the house. Apparently being the Biggest John Wayne Fanboy in the world with a car tag that says BATJAC on the dash of the rental car won't get you into a gated community in Newport Beach. Who knew?? So we headed off for the Wild Goose. The yacht even shows up on Googlemaps as the screen capture shows. It was pretty easy to find and get to. We were able to pa…

  • John Wayne Airport. I tried to get our flights into JWA but they were $200 each more than LAX so we just visited the terminal. The statue is amazing but that's about it. No Duke memorabilia in the gift shops. Most of the stuff on sale as "Airport Souvenirs" said Orange County and apparently there was an effort a couple of years ago to re-name it by some folks who aren't fans. Fortunately this effort was a failure. They didn't have a John Wayne Airport T-shirt big enough for me. The Statue is a v…