John Wayne

The Quiet Man

After retiring from boxing, American Sean Thornton returns to Ireland and buys the home where he was born. It’s a town so stereotypically Irish that you almost expect to see actual leprechauns singing at the pub. Sean makes an immediate impression upon the locals, but no one is more impressed than Mary Kate Danaher, a …

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North to Alaska

It is 1900, Nome, Alaska, where a gold rush is in full swing. Sam McCord (John Wayne) and his buddy George Pratt (Stewart Granger) have done just fine (which is shown by Sam guilelessly carrying around a bag of cold hard cash). George is going to work their claim, while Sam returns to Seattle to …

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True Grit (1969)

John Wayne is so embedded in American lore as a gunslinging Western hero, that anyone can imitate his wide drawl and bowlegged stance without ever having seen one of his movies. Before sitting down and watching The Duke’s Oscar-winning performance in True Grit, I admit I had only seen him years ago in Stagecoach. I …

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