John Wayne: The Life and Legend

Author: Scott Eyman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439199590

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 672

View: 9443

The celebrated Hollywood icon comes fully to life in this complex portrait by noted film historian and master biographer Scott Eyman. Exploring Wayne's early life with a difficult mother and a feckless father, "Eyman gets at the details that the bean-counters and myth-spinners miss ... Wayne's intimates have told things here that they've never told anyone else" (Los Angeles Times). Eyman makes startling connections to Wayne's later days as an anti-Communist conservative, his stormy marriages to Latina women, and his notorious--and surprisingly long-lived--passionate affair with Marlene Dietrich.

Print the Legend

Author: Scott Eyman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476797722

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 640

View: 8015

Follows the legendary John Ford through a career that spanned more than five decades, drawing on dozens of personal interviews, material from Ford's estate, and film criticism.

Becoming John Wayne

Author: Larry Powell,Jonathan H. Amsbary

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476629943

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 193

View: 5250

Exploring the early westerns of John Wayne—from his first starring role in the The Big Trail (1930) to his breakthrough as the Ringo Kid in John Ford’s Stagecoach (1939)—the authors trace his transformation from Marion Mitchell Morrison, movie studio prop man, into John Wayne, a carefully crafted film persona of his own invention that made him world famous. Wayne’s years of training went well beyond honing his acting skill, as he developed the ability to do his own stunts, perfected his technique as a gun handler and became an expert horseman.

John Wayne Was Here

Author: Roland Schaefli

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476641277

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 319

View: 6363

John Wayne worked on film sets around the globe. This book follows the trail, from his beginnings on the Fox backlot to his final filming in Lone Pine, California. Locations in Mexico, Normandy, Rome, Madrid, London, Ireland, Libya and Africa are covered, along with his favorite vacation spots in Hawaii, Acapulco, Greece, Monaco, and the Hollywood hot-spots he frequented. Anecdotes revisit his most famous scenes, including Rooster Cogburn's charge in True Grit (1969) and Davy Crockett's last stand in The Alamo (1960). Production details describe how San Diego stood in for Iwo Jima, how Old Tucson was turned into El Dorado, and how Genghis Kahn ruled over the deserts of Utah. Never before published photos present then-and-now views in this first of its kind guided tour for film location hunters and Wayne aficionados.

John Wayne

Author: N.A

Publisher: Power House Books

ISBN: 9781576875902

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 5283

Celebrating the Duke's life and legacy through film stills and backstage photos and snapshots, this fascinating portrait of the actor, who was the ultimate personification of American courage and honor, shares his private moments, inner thoughts and familial memories.

Not Thinkin'... Just Rememberin'... The Making of John Wayne's "The Alamo"

Author: John Farkis

Publisher: BearManor Media


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1018

View: 3609

Not Thinkin'... Just Rememberin'... is a tour de force. This manuscript is very thorough and exhaustively researched. The sheer size of the manuscript might seem intimidating, but what else should one expect when The Alamo and John Wayne are the subjects? Of course, The Alamo is no ordinary movie, so the telling of the making of the movie is no small feat. Mr. Farkis is an adept writer. He knows his subject extremely well. His knowledge is intensive and extensive. It's quite easy to tell that, while he is a scholar, he is also a fan of both The Alamo and John Wayne. He does a great job of keeping the retelling of this information entertaining and interesting. The story of the making of the Alamo is told chronologically. This is the best way to tell the story because this allows for several other sub-stories to be told while the main story is unfolding. The tone and writing style is very approachable and open. It works well for this manuscript. There are many lighthearted moments that help anchor the overall manuscript, and they serve as counterpoints to the weightier discussions about politics, disagreements, and money issues that surrounded John Wayne's ambitious endeavor.

Wayne and Ford

Author: Nancy Schoenberger

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385534868

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 6419

John Ford and John Wayne, two titans of classic film, made some of the most enduring movies of all time. The genre they defined—the Western—and the heroic archetype they built still matter today. For more than twenty years John Ford and John Wayne were a blockbuster Hollywood team, turning out many of the finest Western films ever made. Ford, known for his black eye patch and for his hard-drinking, brawling masculinity, was a son of Irish immigrants and was renowned as a director for both his craftsmanship and his brutality. John “Duke” Wayne was a mere stagehand and bit player in “B” Westerns, but he was strapping and handsome, and Ford saw his potential. In 1939 Ford made Wayne a star in Stagecoach, and from there the two men established a close, often turbulent relationship. Their most productive years saw the release of one iconic film after another: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. But by 1960 the bond of their friendship had frayed, and Wayne felt he could move beyond his mentor with his first solo project, The Alamo. Few of Wayne’s subsequent films would have the brilliance or the cachet of a John Ford Western, but viewed together the careers of these two men changed moviemaking in ways that endure to this day. Despite the decline of the Western in contemporary cinema, its cultural legacy, particularly the type of hero codified by Ford and Wayne—tough, self-reliant, and unafraid to fight but also honorable, trustworthy, and kind—resonates in everything from Star Wars to today’s superhero franchises. Drawing on previously untapped caches of letters and personal documents, Nancy Schoenberger dramatically narrates a complicated, poignant, and iconic friendship and the lasting legacy of that friendship on American culture.

Claire Trevor

Author: Derek Sculthorpe

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476630690

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 198

View: 5323

Claire Trevor (1910–2000) is best remembered as the alluring blonde femme fatale in such iconic noir films as Murder, My Sweet (1944) and Raw Deal (1948). Yet she was a versatile performer who brought rare emotional depth to her art. She was effective in a range of diverse roles, from an outcast prostitute in John Ford’s classic Stagecoach (1939) to the ambitious tennis mother in Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951) to the embittered wife of a landowner in William Wellman’s overlooked gem My Man and I (1952). Nominated for three Oscars, she deservedly won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Gaye Dawn, a gangster’s broken-down moll in Key Largo (1948). The author covers her life and career in detail, recognizing her as one of the finest actresses of her generation.

Imagining the American West through Film and Tourism

Author: Warwick Frost,Jennifer Laing

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317665112

Category: Travel

Page: 268

View: 2018

The West is one of the strongest and most enduring place images in the world and its myth is firmly rooted in popular culture – whether novels, film, television, music, clothing and even video games. The West combines myth and history, rugged natural scenery and wide open spaces, popular culture and promises of transformation. These imagined places draw in tourists, attracted by a cultural heritage that is part fictional and mediatised. In turn, tourism operators and destination marketing organisations refashion what they present to fit these imagined images. This book explores this imagining of a mythic West through three key themes, travel, film and frontiers to offer new insight into how the imagination of the West and popular culture has influenced the construction of tourism. In doing so, it examines the series of paradoxes that underlie the basic appeal of the West: evocative frontier, a boundary zone between civilisation and wilderness and between order and lawlessness. It draws on a range of films and literature as well as varying places from festivals to national parks to showcase different aspects of the nexus between travel, film and frontiers in this fascinating region. Interdisciplinary in character, it includes perspectives from cultural studies, American studies, tourism and film studies. Written by leading academics, this title will be valuable reading for students, researchers and academics in the fields of cultural studies, tourism, film studies and media studies and all those interested in film tourism.

The Magnificent '60s

Author: Brian Hannan

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476687234

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 283

View: 4169

Hollywood in the 1960s walked a tightrope between boom and bust. Yet the decade spawned many of the greatest films ever made, saw the advent of the spy thriller, the revival of science fiction and horror, and represented the Golden Era of the 70mm roadshow. Blockbusters like Lawrence of Arabia and The Sound of Music shared marquees with low-budget hits such as Lilies of the Field and Easy Rider. New stars emerged--Steve McQueen, Sidney Poitier, Barbra Streisand, Sean Connery, Faye Dunaway, Clint Eastwood and Dustin Hoffman. Veteran directors like Billy Wilder and William Wyler were joined by the post-war generation of Robert Aldrich and Stanley Kramer, and the new wave of Stanley Kubrick and John Schlesinger. This book explores a period when filmmakers embraced revolutionary attitudes to sexuality, violence and racism, and produced a bewildering list of critically acclaimed classics that remain audience favorites.