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  • When he was just 92 years old, Kirk Douglas did a one-man-show on stage, called "Before I forget". He mentions just a handful of his many co-workers, and JW is one of them. "They called him Duke", Douglas says, "I always called him KING." Happy B-Day, Lomax.

  • Is it really 13 years since I started this thread about JW mentionings in popular culture? Nobody added "Trumbo" to the list yet. I finally got around to seeing it, having missed it in theaters. In this list, there's dozens of mentions of John Wayne's name in movies, of references or footage that has been inserted into newer films. However, this is the first time I can remember that Mr. Wayne is portrayed by another actor in an actual plot. The subject matter of the Hollywood witchhunt is, of co…

  • This isn't really a reference to JW. But since we know that one of Quentin Tarantino's all-time favorites is "Rio Bravo" I found it quite interesting to hear a familiar phrase in his "Hateful Eight". One of the characters in the stagecoach station says the words (quoting from memory) "...if we're all going to be in here for 2 days, close together like...". That's a line Stumpy uses when suggesting to Dude to take a bath (only in his case its "three or four days").

  • Scorcese is one of the filmmakers influenced by Ford. Obviously, Liberty Valance made an impression on him. In his "Who's That Knocking on My Door" (1968) Harvey Keitel talks about his personal favorite bad man of the movies, Lee Marvin: "He was in this movie Liberty Valance. You ever see that one? Anyway, he comes into a room in the picture. He can't just walk into a room. He walks in. He snarls. He kicks over a few chairs and tables. He breaks a few things. And then he sits down..." BTW, appar…

  • Another addition to this ever growing list of how John Wayne seems to appear everywhere we look: He was in "Little House on the Prairie". Yup, the Duke rides into Michael Landon's show without being credited. While the two actors knew and respected each other, even appeared together on TV on some occasions, Wayne's showing up in episode 112, Season 5 of "Little House on the Prairie" (aired March 5, 1979) named "Someone Please Love Me" is just a matter of editing existing filmstock into a show to…

  • Yes, John Wayne is in TOP GUN. This Navy pilot "Maverick" had some help in making Tom Cruise's career by another icon of the US military who played fighter pilots more than once. In the well-known scene in which "Maverick" and his co-pilot play "Great Balls of Fire", there's a good-sized JW-statue sitting on top of the piano. I've always missed that before but in the new crystal-clear 3D-version it's very obvious.

  • John Wayne is mentioned in Chris Kyle's account of his time as America's most lethal sniper. In his book "American Sniper", Kyle mentions Wayne as one of his favorite actors (along with Eastwood, who eventually directed the pic). He also names "Rio Bravo" as his favorite movie. I think that's a very interesting choice in Kyle's case: John T. Chance is independent, hates amateurs, trusts his own little "unit" - and favors a rifle which he always keeps cocked. This is very much Kyle. Also interest…

  • In the miniseries "True Detective" (episode 7), Matthew McConaughey watches "The Searchers". The pic is reversed as it shown just partly in a mirror behind him but it's clearly Ethan who prepares for battle with scar at the San Juan River. A good choice since McConaughey's detective is preparing to finally meet his arch enemy.

  • I found yet another addition to the growing list of John Wayne references in pop culture. Yes, the Duke was in Outer Space! In one of his later outings, Jerry Lewis travelled to the moon in the 1966 comedy "Way... Way Out". On a - for its time - extrem widescreen television set, the astronauts are watching a program. The running gag is, there seems to be only one movie on the whole time, a sequence in which indians attack circled wagons - the gag is repeated throughout the movie, with the same i…

  • In Joe Dante's 1993 film "Matinee" (starring John Goodman) the setting is a movie theatre in Florida during the Cuban missile crisis. Interesting: to indicate this particular time period, the movie posters seen inside the theatre are "The Man who Shot Liberty Valance" as well as "Hatari!"

  • Don't know if this has been mentioned in another thread yet. Now this isn't a hommage, it isn't even a statement on Clint Eastwood's part but I find it very interesting that he chose a location from "Brannigan" for the last sequence of his film "Hereafter". In the final scene, Matt Damon is seen sitting outside a restaurant. That's a place in London, not really a tourist attraction and you have to walk a bit to get there. But it's the "Lamb's Tavern", the place that Lt. Brannigan had to rough up…

  • "John Wayne" is mentioned in a scene of "Monuments Men", the George Clooney directed film, now in theaters, based on the book about a special unit in WWII that helped to save and sort out stolen art treasures. The only way of communication between a German and an American soldier: as they both mention the words "John Wayne" to each utter. Now this, unfortunately, is highly implausible. And it's not in the book on which the movie is based (a great read, by the way). By 1944 a German couldn't have…

  • I've just seen "Cry Freedom" for the first time, and I don't believe this has been mentioned before in this thread. In one scene, the family is watching TV and "The War Wagon" is on. What you can see on the TV has obviously been put together from different action moments of that movie, and probably for copyright reasons, another soundtrack is used. But the connection is interesting since "Cry Freedom" was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough, only a few years after him co-starring in "B…

  • Yes, John Wayne is part of the James Bond series... however small. In "Licence to Kill", the bad guy's girl friend is watching TV. Although on the soundtrack they use just something that you can instantly recognize as your typical "cowboy movie soundtrack", as we are allowed to see what she is watching, it's clearly a few frames from the "Red River" stampede sequence. Since Bond was UA/MGM when "Licence to Kill" was made and Red River was United Artists and later MGM-owned as well, the reason fo…

  • I believe nobody yet posted that John Wayne is mentioned in this year's Best Picture winner of the Academy, "Argo". As the conflict with the Iran is growing, Alan Arkin mentions that “John Wayne’s in the ground six months and this is what’s left of America”.

  • Found something for this topic when I attended a screening of "White Dog" (1982). Quite a controversial film at its time. Director Sam Fuller was close to Ford and JW, so he put even two to references in it: First, when some guy attacks Kristy McNicol in her appartment, "They Were Expandable" is on TV, and Fuller uses the dramatic gunshots as a source soundtrack for this dramatic sequence. Second, the character portrayed by Burl Ives is a dog wrangler in Hollywood and claims to have worked on "T…

  • To use a line of one of the bad guys of Rio Bravo: "Maybe this'll help": cinemaretro.com/index.php?/arc…-MEMORABILIA-AUCTION.html

  • To keep this record of mentioning JW in other movies going, in the 2011 released "Battle Los Angeles", a group of Marines have to fight aliens. After one especially heroic effort that echoes the JW action on Tarawa in "Iwo Jima" one Marine states, "That was some real John Wayne shit". And another one replies "Who is John Wayne?"

  • In "Have you heard about the Morgans", now in movie theaters, New Yorkers Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker have to sit it out in Sam Elliott's house in Montana. He doesn't even have cable! But lots of DVDs. "Mostly John Wayne and Clint Eastwood", he proudly tells them. So, that night, Grant and Parker watch "The Searchers" (the close up of Ethan as Debbie runs away to the cave in the final reel). Interesting: the film credits include Max Steiner's music for the clip but do not name the movie,…

  • Hi! Actually, I was just dropping in to see how you guys on the board were doing on the restoration of the original Alamo print when I found this post, and since I grew up hearing a German-speaking JW, I wanted to add something. Arnold Marquis wasn't Wayne's only German voice - all of you can hear - and see - the actor who also did a lot of his dubbing: in THE LONGEST DAY. The German actor Wolfgang Lukschy - playing Gen. Jodl in one brief scene (explaining why he doesn't want to wake up the "Füh…

  • Hello, fellow Wayne fans The ones who got Tim Lilley's latest "Trail Beyond" book might have noticed that I used my old topic here for an article. So to all who helped find JW references in movies and TV-series, a big THANK YOU, it enriched the story in the book. Roland

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    ...and "My Life So Far" already hits the bestselling list. She writes about her Pa, and I figure, she'd be writing about John Wayne, too. I read a very good review. Anybody read it yet?

  • With Episode III drawing closer I expect to read some of the same reviews I read for I and II: they miss the feeling of the first three parts. Funny, but I never saw it mentioned anywhere. What those first three parts had and the new three parts haven't is one Leigh Brackett. Many mistaked her for a man - and so did Hawks when he hired her by name - but in my book she's one of the best do write male comraderie. Look at the credits: George Lucas wrote the STORY. But Leigh Brackett fleshed out the…

  • Hey, Bob, sorry to use your topic for my own question, but it's about an obscure Wayne appearence anyway! I'd love to have his appearence in the Dean Martin Roast Shows - and some of them or on DVD now! Trouble is, I don't know in which ones he appeared. And I don't want to spend all the dough on the whole series. So - anyone able to point me in the right direction?

  • I checked the interview I was talking about, it's an the Campfire Conversations book by Tim Lilley, the stuntman's name is Ted White. In Hatari!, two people got killed. Elsa Martinelli's double was killed by a lion. One of the white hunters they hired for the production was killed in a jeep accident. Of course, things like that didn't end up in the publicity campaign book.