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While the film was made for slightly over $800,000, it earned $2,600,00 in domestic rentals – My Blog

Briley | John Wayne and Big Jim McLain (1952): The Duke’s Cold War Legacy John Wayne and Big Jim McLain (1952): The Duke’s Cold War Legacy Ron Briley Critic Bosley Crowther of the New York Times described Big Jim McLain (1952), in whichWestern star John Wayne portrays an investigator for the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities (HUAC) cleaning up communist subversion in prestatehood Hawaii, as an unsatisfactory mixing of”cheap fiction with a contemporary crisis in American life.” He concluded, “No one deserves credit for this picture,” and most reviewers agreed. Time found the action “implausible and fumblingly filmed,” whileNewsweekbelieved the weak melodrama was saved by a “certain amount of adroit comedy players.”

On the other hand, Kay Proctor of the Los Angeles Examiner extolled Big Jim McLain as a “walloping good movie,” alerting John Wayne viewers to the dangers of the communist peril. In the final court of public opinion, Big Jim McLain was a box office success, ranking twenty-seventh on Variety’s list of top-grossing films for 1952. While the film was made for slightly over $800,000, it earned $2,600,00 in domestic rentals during its 1952 release ‘ Although McLain was commercially successful, it is not usually perceived as a film withstanding the test of time. It is usually described as a period piece, representative of the anticommunist film genre, in whichfilmmakers, responding to Congressional inquiries regarding communist influence within the Hollywood community, attempted to demonstrate their Americanism by bashing communism and communists as a clear and present dangertoAmerican security andprinciples. Accordingly, one mightbe prone to dismiss McLain as simply another historical Hollywood relic, such as / Was a Communistfor the FBI (1951) or My Son John (1952), of America’s paranoid 1950s response to communism and the ColdWar. Most anticommunist films, however, did not feature a national icon such as Wayne, who in 1995, although deceased for sixteen years, was selected by Americans in a Lou Harris poll as their favorite movie star.2 Also, a closer screening ofMcLain indicates that many of the political views are almost identical to those espoused in Wayne’s controversial The GreenBerets (1968), another moneymaking film panned by reviewers. Wayne’s simplistic solutions to complex problems, exemplified by Jim McLain punching communists in the mouth, are still appealing to American audiences , whether they are screening old Wayne films or more currentmanifestations oftheWayne persona with ClintEastwood, Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo, or Chuck Norris. Many young boys growing up in the 1950s wanted to be like Big Jim McLain or Sergeant Stryker (Sands oflwo Jima), but found the black and white values and cinema ofWayne to be oflittle value when confrontedwiththe realities ofVietnam.
3 We may ignore the legacy ofBigJimMcLain at our own children’s peril. Critics often found fault with Wayne and his films, but with such hits as Stagecoach (1939), RedRiver (1948), Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), and Rio Grande (1950) the actor’s reputationwas firmly established. In 1952, the Motion Picture Herald poll ofAmerican theater owners and film exhibitors selected Wayne, for the second consecutive year, as the nation’s number one box-office attraction . The reason for the actor’s popularity , according to a Time cover story, was his sincerity, featuring a trademark of “manly incorruptibility” in which virtue “must face evil in single combat, to triumph or bite the dust.”
4 These qualities well describe the conflictbetweenBig JimMcLain and his communist protagonists. Directed by Edward Ludwig and based upon a screenplay by Wayne’s friend James Edward Grant, Big Jim McLain was the first film product of an independent production company formed by Wayne and business associate Robert Fellows as part ofa multipicture arrangement with Warner Brothers.5 Following the credits , featuring patriotic music and the question “How Stands the Union?” from Stephen Vincent Benet’s The Devil and Daniel Webster, the film begins with a voice-over describing the activities of HUAC. Shot in a documentary fashion, the Congressmen ofthe Committee are portrayed as heroes, who, though vilified by the uninformed or misled, are protecting the nation by uncovering communist subversion.6 The narrator states that anyone who continued to be a communist after 1945 was guilty of high treason. Committee members inquire…

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John Wayne’s ”expensive” sayings made the fans ”nod”’. – My Blog

John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979) was an American movie Actor, director, and producer, known in movies like Stagecoach, Angel and the Bad Man, Red River, and The Shootist.They say that life is a good teacher and through them who lived this life we can learn a lot, especially from great people like John Wayne a.k.a Duke.Today I am going to share with you Wayne’s 5 rules you should be remembering in your daily life:

1. Money cannot buy happiness but its more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.
This is a long debate everywhere, rich people say that “those who say money can buy happiness are the ones who don’t have” and broke people reply that “you don’t know how miserable we are just because we don’t have coins in our pocket”.John Wayne made it clearer that though money cannot buy happiness but when unhappy moments arrive money can make someone comfortable.

2. Forgive your enemy but remember the bastard’s name.
Forgiving your enemy is in your favor, most of the time carrying such burden in your heart is more painful while the bastard doesn’t even know.Just to be careful, put their names somewhere in your mind. Once a soldier always a commando and once enemy, I don’t know.

3. Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.
Do what is right, help people but never expect something in return.According to John Wayne, the only thing you can expect from people is that if you have helped them in the hard times, they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.

4. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.
Everyone has enemies and some people do harm to us to the level we even wish to kill them. Not only our enemies would be killed if to kill was not illegal but also some innocents and powerless people.About this rule, something you have to learn is that we’re surrounded by people that don’t kill us only because it’s illegal.
5. Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk.
Haha this rule is somehow funny but it is true on the other hand. You will find people telling you stop drinking alot it will solve nothing but at least you’ll have that sedative moment.Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk.

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Interesting things happen at the “Duketober” celebration at the John Wayne museum . – My Blog

The enduring legacy of actor John Wayne, America’s ultimate cowboy, was celebrated last month, fittingly enough, by the Cowboy Channel in association with the John Wayne: An American Experience museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

The “Duketober” celebration is a month-long airing of classic John Wayne movies via broadcast and streaming. It will culminate with a 50th anniversary live panel discussion on Nov. 3 in remembrance of Big Jake, the 1971 movie that bought Wayne together with sons Ethan and Patrick, who will participate in a discussion about his films and career.Wayne’s legacy has taken a few hits in the last couple of years.

A 50-year-old Playboy magazine interview outlining some of his controversial views on race surfaced, sparking his USC alma mater to remove an exhibit on him. There’s also a movement to remove his name from the Orange County airport. So far, that action has failed to gain ground . But Wayne’s cinematic legacy, particularly his western movies, continue to rank among the finest ever produced by Hollywood. Such films as The Searchers, True Grit, Stagecoach and Rio Bravo are considered classics of the genre.

“The John Wayne: An American Experience (JWAAE) museum in the Fort Worth Stockyards has created a perfect synergy for the Cowboy Channel to highlight this incredible western film legend and showcase many of his classic films for our audience,” said Cowboy Channel CEO Raquel Koehler Gottsch.

“Our fans absolutely adore John Wayne, and we couldn’t be happier to have a great relationship with his family and be able to share his movies with our audience and dedicate an entire month to such a western star legend.”“He would be thrilled to learn that so many people still cherish his films after all these years and I know he’s smiling somewhere,” said son Ethan Wayne.

The Cowboy Channel will also feature a Halloween movie marathon of Wayne films, and fans can tune-in to such classics such as Rio Grande, Sand of Iwo Jima, and The Shootist.

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James Caan shares a memorable collaboration with John Wayne on the set of El Dorado. – My Blog

In 1997, James Caan joined The Late Show with David Letterman to starred on John Wayne after they alongside one another on the hit movie El Dorado.While Wayne portrayed the noble elder gunfighter Cole Thorton, Caan plays his loyal friend, Mississippi. Furthermore, the movie was directed by esteemed producer Howard Hawks.

James Caan notes that the first big-name he worked with in Hollywood was John Wayne. Wayne was 33 years older than Caan and already had boomed success in the industry, so naturally, James Caan admired the Duke.“He was great because he could intimidate you,” explains Caan. “He’d stay on you forever, and you’d just crumble. I mean, he’d just try you.”However, on the set of El Dorado, James Caan recalls getting directions from Howard Hawks, also known as Coach.

“So this one night I remember I was between he and Mitchum and Howard Hawks was about 72 at the time, and we’re outside in this old Tucson. This big old western town and Hawks comes up and says, ‘now look, Kid, when you say that line, here’s what’s going to happen. Duke, you go down the middle of the road right down the center because we are going to surround this bar. Mitchum, you go around that way, and Kid, you go around.’ I said, ‘alright, Coach.’ because that’s what we called him, Coach.’

“He was coach,” notes Letterman. “John Wayne was Duke, and you’re the Kid.” After Hawk gave the instructions, he began walking back to the cameras. James Caan, who does a perfect John Wayne impression, reflected on when Wayne tried to offer the then-youngster a few tips.“So now he has to walk back up 50 yards back to the camera. There’s all kinds of extras, and he’s walking back, and the dude looks at me and goes, ‘now look, Kid.’ He says, ‘when you say that there line, I want you to turn around and give me that look you give me.’

“Give Me That Look That You Give Me.”The men begin to laugh hysterically because Jame Caan has no idea what John Wayne is talking about. Regardless, Caan still gave it a try.“I have no idea what he’s talking about. But the truth is that Mitchum explains me that I was laughing at him all the time. Every time he talked because you had to. How can you take him seriously? That ‘why did you do it’ look. So he said, ‘give me that look that you give me.’ I said, ‘alright. Alright Duke.’

At this point, it isn’t Wayne who is mad about Cann’s performance. It is Hawks. However, the Duke still offered his advice. James Caan must.“He gets behind the camera everything starts going, and they go ‘ACTION!’ and I send my one line and I take a step, and I turn around. Coach goes ‘CUT’. Comes running up, and he goes, ‘look, when you take the step. Don’t take the step. I want you to say the line and go. Just go!’ He starts to walk back to the camera, and Wayne goes, ‘now look, Kid. Don’t take a whole step, take a half a step and then turn around and give me that look you give me.’

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