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    • Duke's Documentaries- Videos found.

      During my research, I am coming across more and more 'lost'
      Duke's Documentaries.
      I will highlight them here in this thread,
      They are also added to the dedicated
      Duke's Documentaries

      Please note:- As always with YouTube, there are copyright issues,
      please advise us, if any links become dysfunctional

      Here is one hosted by a smoking Duke
      The Challenge of Ideas(1961)


      John Wayne (Host).(1961)

      Various celebrities and news-media figures discuss the polarization of politics
      between the Western Allies of the United States and the Soviet bloc,
      pointing out the need for vigilance and action to protect democracy in the U.S. and abroad.
      Written by Jim Beaver

      The Challenge of Ideas is an amazing vintage film that features John Wayne, Edward R. Murrow,
      Helen Hayes, Frank McGee, and Lowell Thomas all making separate speeches defending the American way of life
      and capitalism or denouncing the Soviet Union.
      The journalist hero Murrow sits behind his desk, smoking, while images of the military roll by.
      John Wayne sits in a director's chair, smoking and talking about how Americans appreciate "beauty"
      while images of female wrestlers, beauty queens, and women on the beach are shown.
      All of the narration is aimed at promoting the idea that God was on America's side and the Commies
      are a bunch of thugs who want to rule the country someday.
      The film captures various patriotic images throughout each speech, including footage of the Liberty Bell,
      folks square dancing, factory assembly lines, schools, and the Statue of Liberty.
      There are also many scenes from the Soviet Union, including Moscow, Joseph Stalin,
      Khrushchev, and tanks in Red Square.
      This is a superb 1960's film with unparalleled cultural icons.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's 'Lost' Documentaries- Videos found.

      Watch this very short trailer, Hosted by Duke


      John Wayne(Host) Robert F. Slatzer (Director) Mark W. Clark (Narrator)

      The Communist threat and its zenith in Vietnam is the focus of this video hosted by John Wayne
      with interviews of Lowell Thomas and Sgt. Barry Sadler.

      Another political documentary DVD that involved John Wayne was No Substitute for Victory
      which was primarily about the war being fought in Vietnam at the time and delves into the links
      with previous conflicts from 1945 to 1970. John Wayne provides the narration links between
      interviewees such as General Clarke, Vietnam Veterans and journalists like Lowell Thomas.

      At 73 minutes it is interesting to watch and most of the Wayne links are filmed in his den
      with his Oscar for True Grit on display. Documentary dates from 1970.
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Re: Duke's Documentaries- Videos found.

      Watch this clip


      ON BOARD WITH THE DUKE: John Wayne and The Wild Goose (68 mins)
      Bert Minshall/ Clark Sharon (1995 )

      Of all the documentary's on John Wayne, my favorite is still "On Board with the Duke",now that one
      will moisten up your eyes...chester7777

      A remarkable film that includes never seen before, home movies,
      rare photographs and interviews.
      It is about John Wayne, the private man,
      as only a few of his friends saw him,
      At play, exploring ports-of-call,
      from Alaska to Mexico, at home in Newport Beach,
      aboard his 136-foot former U.S. minesweeper,
      The Wild Goose
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Re: Duke's Documentaries- Videos found.

      Watch the full documentary

      The American West of John Ford

      Produced by Tom Egan, Dan Ford and Brit Lomond.(1971)
      Directed by Denis Sanders

      Hosted and Narrated by John Wayne,
      Henry Fonda, and James Stewart,
      this documentary pays homage to
      'The guy who made westerns'
      Duke joins John Ford in Monument Valley,
      which also features, Andy Devine.
      Includes many clips from the films,
      made there with Ford.

      A worthwhile documentary, and a must have.
      By ethanedwards

      A documentary encapsulating the career and Western films of director 'John Ford' ,
      including clips from his work and interviews with his colleagues.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's Documentaries- Videos found.

      Watch this Clip, it is very funny and enjoyable


      William Kronick and George Plimpton.(1970)

      This rare documentary, made during the actual
      Old Tucson Location shooting of Rio Lobo,
      follows journalist George Plimpton, from his arrival
      on set, to his first meeting with 'The Duke'
      and his off-set training, so that he can effectively
      deliver his one line, minus his Harvard accent!

      The results are hilarious, and show the humorous
      'mickey-taking' that Duke and his supporting cast
      (Jack Elam, Victor French, David Huddlestone
      and Jennifer O'Neil) were so skilled at

      George finds out the best way to acquire
      a Western drawl,and a western walk,
      who better to learn from then Duke!!!

      This is a must have doc, not to be missed.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: Duke's Documentaries- Videos found.

      Watch the Documentary
      Features Duke and some clips from his war movies

      Going Hollywood: The War Years

      GOING HOLLYWOOD: The War Years (106 mins)
      Van Johnson (Actor), Vivian Blaine (Actor), Julian Schlossberg (Director) (1988)

      Between 1941 and 1945 the American motion picture industry geared itself up and marched into World War II.
      Going Hollywood – The War Years covers the range of experiences and emotions associated
      with the last "good" war, spotlighting the participation of many of Hollywood’s greatest stars
      at the peak of their careers, including Fred Astaire, John Wayne, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Bob Hope.

      Hollywood's dramatic contribution to the war effort including clips from
      "Bataan", "Pride of the marines" and "Cover girls",
      as well as newsreel footage and interviews with the day's biggest stars.
      Includes archive footage of some of Duke's War movies.

      Not bad, if a bit long in the tail.
      This was broadcast in the U.K on BBC TV
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Re: Duke's Documentaries- Videos found.

      Watch this short clip


      American Film Institute (AFI) Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)(1973)

      Shortly before his death in 1973, John Ford was given is first ever Lifetime Achievement Award
      by the AFI while friends and co-workers shared reminiscences.
      The AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the Board of Directors
      of the American Film Institute on February 26, 1973 to honor a single individual
      for his or her lifetime contribution to enriching American culture through
      motion pictures and television.
      The Trustees initially specified that the recipient must be one who fundamentally
      advanced the art of film and whose achievements had been acknowledged
      by the general public as well as by film scholars and critics and the individual's peers.
      The Trustees also specified that the work of the recipient must have withstood the test of time.
      Six time Academy Award-winning director John Ford was the unanimous choice
      of the Board of Trustees for the first award as he "clearly stands preeminent
      in the history of motion pictures." President Richard M. Nixon attended the gala dinner
      hosted by Danny Kaye at which Ford was presented the award on March 31
      Written by alfiehitchie

      Features amongst other Duke Wayne, Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson
      Yul Brynner, Clint Eastwood, Cary Grant, Charlton Heston
      Bob Hope, Kate Jackson, David Janssen, Danny Kaye
      Grace Kelly, Jack Lemmon, Lee Marvin
      Roddy McDowall, Richard Nixon, Maureen O'Hara, Steven Spielberg
      James Stewart, Robert Wagner, Richard Widmark
      Fred Astaire, Jack Benny, Kirk Douglas
      Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jill Ireland, Fred MacMurray, Patricia Neal
      Pat Nixon, Gregory Peck, Ronald Reagan, Cybill Shepherd
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's Documentaries- Videos found.

      Watch this shorter version


      CHESTY: A Tribute to a Legend
      John Ford (Director) John Wayne narrator/ Host) (1970/ 1976)

      John Ford's tribute to the United States Marine's most decorated soldier is virtually unknown.
      The production was a cheap one and the majority of the film is made up of combat footage
      from World War II and the Korean War.

      Ford appears in the film interviewing General Puller, both of these old guys
      are as stiff as a couple of boards.
      Narrated by John Wayne in his cowboy costume, the whole thing seems outdated
      and a little out of it.

      When this documentary/tribute was filmed, the country was in the coma of the Vietnam War.
      The general public probably wasn't in any mood for a tribute to tough marines.

      Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend, is interesting for the war footage that Ford incorporated.
      The scenes of the Korean War, are more fascinating than the stuff Ford filmed for his terrible documentary This is Korea.

      This film isn't particularly well made and with the exception of the marching bands
      and the usual military ritual stuff it would be impossible to tell that it was directed by Ford.

      Serving in the navy during World War II had been the pivotal point in Ford's life,
      so it's not unexpected that Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend,
      is more about Ford's fascination with military life and ritual.

      Edited into two different lengths, the short version
      doesn't seem much different than the long version.

      27 minutes

      47 minutes
      Written by Lookmeintheeye-dugan
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Re: Duke's Documentaries- Videos found.

      Thank you for posting that short clip from the first AFI awards. It is the first time I have seen that and to get to see and hear John Ford's speech was really something. I am going to have to search around to see if the broadcast is available to watch anywhere. Thanks again. I'll save the other clips for later.
    • Re: Duke's Documentaries- Videos found.

      Keith, I am surprised that you don't have Patriotism: Have it Your Way and some others that are available on Archive.org for download. I am constantly amazed at how much John Wayne stuff they have over there, all in the public domain, that can be downloaded and burned onto DVD with Nero or a similar program. It is a veritable treasure trove from which I have made several additions to my John Wayne collection.
      "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them" It may be time worn, but it's the best life-creed I know.

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