John Wayne

Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed Duke, was an American actor and filmmaker. An Academy Award-winner for True Grit (1969), Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. Born in Winterset, Iowa, Wayne grew up in Southern California. He was president of Glendale High class of 1925. He found work at local film studios when he lost his football scholarship to the University of Southern California as a result of a bodysurfing accident. Initially working for the Fox Film Corporation, he appeared mostly in small bit parts. His first leading role came in Raoul Walsh's The Big Trail (1930), which led to leading roles in numerous B movies throughout the 1930s, many of them in the Western genre. Wayne's career took off in 1939, with John Ford's Stagecoach making him an instant star. He went on to star in 142 pictures. Biographer Ronald Davis said, "John Wayne personified for millions the nation's frontier heritage. Eighty-three of his movies were Westerns, and in them, he played cowboys, cavalrymen, and unconquerable loners extracted from the Republic's central creation myth." Wayne's other well-known Western roles include a cattleman driving his herd north on the Chisholm Trail in Red River (1948), a Civil War veteran whose young niece is abducted by a tribe of Comanches in The Searchers (1956), and a troubled rancher competing with a lawyer for a woman's hand in ...

Hatari! (1962)

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A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos. Will the arrival of a female wildlife photographer change their ways?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Hardy Krüger  •  Elsa Martinelli  •  Red Buttons
Trouble Along the Way (1953)

Struggling to retain custody of his daughter following his divorce, football coach Steve Williams finds himself embroiled in a recruiting scandal at the tiny Catholic college he is trying to bring back to football respectability.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Donna Reed  •  Chuck Connors  •  Charles Coburn
Baby Face (1933)

A young woman uses her body and her sexuality to help her climb the social ladder, but soon begins to wonder if her new status will ever bring her happiness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred E. Green
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  George Brent  •  Donald Cook  •  Alphonse Ethier
Brannigan (1975)

Jim Brannigan is sent to London to bring back an American mobster who is being held for extradition but when he arrives he has been kidnapped which was set up by his lawyer. Brannigan in his American Irish way brings American law to the people of Scotland Yard in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Hickox
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Judy Geeson  •  Mel Ferrer
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his jewish roots. Each of Israel's Arab neighbors has vowed to invade the poorly prepared country as soon as partition is granted. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Melville Shavelson
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Senta Berger  •  Michael Douglas  •  Angie Dickinson
Chisum (1970)

Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew V. McLaglen
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Forrest Tucker  •  Christopher George  •  Ben Johnson
El Dorado (1967)

Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Robert Mitchum  •  James Caan  •  Charlene Holt
Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Major Daniel Kirby takes command of a squadron of Marine fliers just before they are about to go into combat. While the men are well meaning, he finds them undisciplined and prone to always finding excuses to do what is easy rather than what is necessary. The root ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Robert Ryan  •  Don Taylor  •  Janis Carter
Fort Apache (1948)

In John Ford's sombre exploration the mythology of American heroes, he slowly reveals the character of Owen Thursday, who sees his new posting to the desolate Fort Apache as a chance to claim the military honour which he believes is rightfully his. Arrogant, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Henry Fonda  •  Shirley Temple  •  Pedro Armendáriz
How the West Was Won (1962)

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The epic tale of the development of the American West from the 1830s through the Civil War to the end of the century, as seen through the eyes of one pioneer family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall  •  Henry Hathaway  •  John Ford  •  Richard Thorpe
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Henry Fonda  •  Carolyn Jones
In Harm's Way (1965)

A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Kirk Douglas  •  Patricia Neal  •  Tom Tryon
Island in the Sky (1953)

A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Lloyd Nolan  •  Walter Abel  •  James Arness
McLintock! (1963)

Aging rancher George Washington McLintock, a wealthy self-made man, is forced to deal with numerous personal and professional problems. Seemingly everyone wants a piece of his enormous farmstead, including high-ranking government men, McLintock's own sons and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew V. McLaglen
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Yvonne De Carlo  •  Patrick Wayne
North to Alaska (1960)

Sam and George strike gold in Alaska. George sends Sam to Seattle to bring George's fiancé back to Alaska. Sam finds she is already married, and returns instead with Angel. Sam, after trying to get George and Angel together, finally romances Angel, who, in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Stewart Granger  •  Ernie Kovacs  •  Fabian
Red River (1948)

Headstrong Thomas Dunson starts a thriving Texas cattle ranch with the help of his faithful trail hand, Groot, and his protégé, Matthew Garth, an orphan Dunson took under his wing when Matt was a boy. In need of money following the Civil War, Dunson and Matt lead a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Montgomery Clift  •  Joanne Dru  •  Walter Brennan
Red River Range (1938)

The Cattlemen's Association has called in the Mesquiteers to find cattle rustlers. They get Tex Riley to pose as Stony so Stony can arrive posing as a wanted outlaw. This gets Stony into the gang of rustlers and he alerts Tucson and Lullaby as to the next raid. But ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Ray Corrigan  •  Max Terhune  •  Polly Moran
Rio Bravo (1959)

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The sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape. After a friend is killed trying to muster support for him, he and his deputies - a disgraced drunk and a cantankerous old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Dean Martin  •  Ricky Nelson  •  Walter Brennan
Rio Grande (1950)

Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke is posted on the Texas frontier to defend settlers against depredations of marauding Apaches. Col. Yorke is under considerable stress by a serious shortage of troops of his command. Tension is added when Yorke's son (whom he hasn't seen in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Ben Johnson  •  Claude Jarman Jr.
Rio Lobo (1970)

After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose perfidy caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Jorge Rivero  •  Jennifer O'Neill  •  Jack Elam
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

After Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Indians, everyone expects the worst. Capt. Nathan Brittles is ordered out on patrol but he's also required to take along Abby Allshard, wife of the Fort's commanding officer, and her niece, the pretty Olivia ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Victor McLaglen  •  Joanne Dru  •  John Agar