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Question: Database Poll: What are your 5 favorite John Wayne Westerns?
The Shootist (1976) - 5 (7.1%)
Rooster Cogburn (1975) - 0 (0%)
Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) - 0 (0%)
The Train Robbers (1973) - 0 (0%)
The Cowboys (1972) - 6 (8.6%)
Big Jake (1971) - 4 (5.7%)
Rio Lobo (1970) - 2 (2.9%)
Chisum (1970) - 0 (0%)
The Undefeated (1969) - 0 (0%)
True Grit (1969) - 10 (14.3%)
The War Wagon (1967) - 1 (1.4%)
El Dorado (1966) - 4 (5.7%)
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) - 1 (1.4%)
McLintock! (1963) - 5 (7.1%)
How the West Was Won (1962) - 1 (1.4%)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) - 6 (8.6%)
The Comancheros (1961) - 0 (0%)
North to Alaska (1960) - 0 (0%)
The Alamo (1960) - 1 (1.4%)
The Horse Soldiers (1959) - 0 (0%)
Rio Bravo (1959) - 4 (5.7%)
The Searchers (1956) - 6 (8.6%)
Hondo (1953) - 1 (1.4%)
Rio Grande (1950) - 1 (1.4%)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) - 3 (4.3%)
3 Godfathers (1948) - 0 (0%)
Red River (1948) - 3 (4.3%)
Fort Apache (1948) - 3 (4.3%)
Angel and the Badman (1947) - 1 (1.4%)
Stagecoach (1939) - 2 (2.9%)
The Big Trail (1930) - 0 (0%)
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« on: February 14, 2007, 12:22:17 PM »

John Wayne did a lot of Westerns. Which are your favorite 5? Do you think THE FIGHTING KENTUCKIAN should be added or maybe some of his earlier Westerns? If you know which of his early Westerns are good leave a response and I'll add it to the list. The only one I haven't seen on the list is THE TRAIN ROBBERS.

I'm not that familiar with his earlier Westerns that aren't on the list. I own most of early Westerns, but haven't watched them yet. Are any of them exceptional?

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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2007, 12:33:51 PM »

It's been so long since I've seen these (used to watch them with my Dad when I was quite young), so I really can not meaningfully vote.  The only two that stand out in my memory are TRUE GRIT and ROOSTER COGBURN.  I know I've technically seen some of the others, though.

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALENCE is currently on my Netflix queue; I may have to add some of the others.
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2007, 01:00:35 PM »

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE is supposedly one of his best films, but I really don't think so. In fact it's one of my least favorite Westerns. Not sure why everyone likes it beside John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Woody Stode, and Jimmy Stewart being in it.


This scene at the end was pretty good.
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2007, 01:06:09 PM »

Everyone know The Duke's best film wasn't a western ... it was "The Conqueror" where he played Genghis Khan. Even the powers above hated that film so much that nearly everyone in died from cancer. (Filmed near nuclear testing grounds)
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2007, 01:10:45 PM »


John Wayne as Genghis Khan
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2007, 01:25:57 PM »

Sorry Scott but John Wayne is not in "How the West was Won".
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2007, 01:34:45 PM »

There were many stars who all took small roles except for the main family traveling West. John Wayne played a character named Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. To be honest I don't remember him being in the film either, but it's listed on many filmographies of his.
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2007, 01:35:42 PM »

Sorry Scott but John Wayne is not in "How the West was Won".

Yes he was he played Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman


DOH! Scott beat me to it.
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2007, 01:37:02 PM »


John Wayne in "How The West Was Won"

Actual photo of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2007, 07:25:20 PM »

Yeah, I remember it now, but this movie shouldn't be listed in your poll as a John Wayne movie. Neither should Chisum, he was barely in it and it was a lot more about Billy the Kid than it was Wayne's character.


 I mainly remember Jimmy Stewart and George Peppard from How the West was Won.
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2007, 08:57:41 PM »

My favorite is the SONS of KATIE ELDER....mostly cuz I think him and Dean Martin make a cool team. I would love to see the Duke beat the sh!t out of Jerry Lewis.,with Dino appaulding.Actually,I would love to see ANYONE beat the sh!t outta Jerry Lewis.
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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2007, 10:10:41 PM »

TREKGEEZER:

I wouldn't say that John Wayne is "barely in" CHISUM.  He's the star!  Sure, Billy the Kid is a major character, but Wayne is in that movie from start to finish.  I just watched it a couple of months ago.

An early B&W John Wayne flick that is fairly cheesy, yet worth watching is ANGEL AND THE BADMAN.  Harrison Ford's WITNESS is basically a remake of it.
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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2007, 10:41:45 PM »

TREKGEEZER:

I wouldn't say that John Wayne is "barely in" CHISUM. 

I just really never cared for Chisum, just never seemed like it was the Duke's movie to me.

I love the John Ford Calvary trilogy and thank goodness that TCM plays them on a pretty regular basis. I would say his work with John Ford and Howard Hawks was the best he did in his career. True Grit and the Shootist were his best efforts toward the end (both were great).

He made a lot of those cheesy Saturday westerns in the 30's. According to IMDB he appeared in 172 movies in all.  In fact, before Stagecoach in 1939 (the role that made him a star)  he'd already been in 79 movies.  Man did he have a run or what?
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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2007, 01:55:02 AM »

I remember that early on Saturday mornings back in the 50's the local stations would show old John Wayne westerns, I remember them as being pretty cheesy but also they were pretty exciting action films for a little guy like I was back then. In some of these cheapies he wasn't even the star. As I got older he became a bigger and bigger star, really liked him in The Shootist, True Grit, and Big Jake.
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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2007, 06:44:28 PM »

TREKGEEZER  - I'm not a big fan of CHISUM either.  I don't really like Wayne's character in that movie.  I can't quite explain why.  He just seems sort of dry and distant.
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