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Reap The Wild Wind Was John Wayne’s Chance To Make Good On A Years-Old Grudge

There are few pettier on this Earth than an actor who chased a coveted role and received little to no consideration from the director. Sure, some have thicker skin than others and can handle rejection with little bruising to their ego. And then there are guys like John Wayne, who didn’t like losing anything. Ever.
The Duke had slugged it out in poverty row Westerns throughout the 1930s before landing his breakout role in John Ford’s 1939 triumph, “Stagecoach.” After the success of that film, Wayne had zero interest in groveling for a part ever again. But he made an exception for Cecil B. DeMille, the master of the Hollywood epic who, in early 1940, was casting “North West Mounted Police.” Despite the yawner of a title, this was a big-deal motion picture — Gary Cooper was set to star as a Texas Ranger who joins forces with Canadian lawmen to track down a fugitive outlaw. Wayne learned that the supporting part of Scottish scout Tod McDuff was still in play, and believed that appearing in a DeMille movie would boost his rising profile.
Wayne booked an appointment with DeMille at the director’s Paramount office, and, according to Maurice Zolotow’s “Shooting Star: A Biography of John Wayne,” got completely brushed off. DeMille blew past the actor, who followed him onto the street outside. The filmmaker knew Wayne from the 1930 Western, “The Big Trail,” but after being told the Duke had spent the last decade making Westerns at Republic, a B-Studio at best, he told the newly minted star, “Well, you’ll hear from us if we have something.” Wayne never heard from DeMille until he was casting “Reap the Wild Wind” two years later. Suddenly, DeMille wanted Wayne. The Duke knew this, and was resolved to make the director squirm.
Cecile B. DeMille on the ropesParamountWhen Republic Pictures honcho Herbert J. Yates learned Cecile B. DeMille wanted to screen John Wayne’s latest Western, “Dark Command,” he was over the moon. Though the director was looking at the Duke for the second male lead (behind Ray Milland), a DeMille movie conferred prestige on everyone involved. Discerning moviegoers disinclined to see a random oater might reconsider if they associated the star with a DeMille production.
Wayne didn’t care. Maurice Zolotow recounts the Duke’s response in “Shooting Star: A Biography of John Wayne”:
“‘No, Herb.’ Wayne said, to Yates’ surprise, ‘I don’t want you to send him a print. You just tell him if he wants to see ‘Dark Command,’ you’ll set up a screening for him on the Republic lot. Yeah — that’s what I said. Otherwise, let him just wait until it’s released and see it with the common people.’”
DeMille played along, saw the film at Republic, and loved what he saw. He offered Wayne the role of salvager Captain Jack Stewart in “Reap the Wild Wind.” The Duke, savoring the opportunity to screw with one of the most revered directors in Hollywood, didn’t refuse the part outright. Instead, he sent DeMille 17 pages of script notes designed to pump up his part. “I figured that would just about wash it up,” said Wayne.
Shockingly, DeMille persisted.
Wayne reaps the wild wind on his own termsParamountJohn Wayne was surprised when the filmmaker flattered him in the hopes of convincing him to take the role. “He said he needed me,” recalled Wayne. “Well, I have to admit it kind of won me over.”
The Duke was still leaning toward a no, but he opted to take his newfound influence out for a spin and tried to get a concession or two out of Cecile B. DeMille. Wayne was concerned about making “Reap the Wild Wind” at Paramount, which had Ray Milland under contract. He needed to know that DeMille would have his back if the studio tried to cut down Wayne’s role. DeMille capitulated, as Maurice Zolotow recounts in his book:
“I want you for this film, John,” [DeMille] said. “I want you very much. I give you my word of honor that I will do you justice. You know that I was fair to Preston Foster in ‘North West Mounted Police’ even though Gary Cooper is a Paramount star.”
Wayne then targeted DeMille’s reputation for “bawlin’ out” actors, and let the filmmaker know he wouldn’t stand for such treatment. “John, I never bawl anybody out that does not deserve to be bawled out,” said the director. “I am fair.”
Wayne took the gig and wound up with another box office hit. While “Reap the Wild Wind” plays as a creaky melodrama nowadays, the DeMille association paid off at the time. With Wayne’s big-screen mentor John Ford serving overseas with the United States’ Office of Strategic Services during World War II, the star had to be more open and trusting with his collaborators. Though the movies weren’t that great until Ford returned in 1945 with “They Were Expendable,” this was the period where Wayne solidified his stardom.
 

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John Wayne’s Mom Said She ‘Didn’t Give a Damn About Him’ After He Paid for an All-Around-the-World Vacation for Her

Mother’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate and honor the mother of a family, as well as motherhood and maternal bonds at large. However, not everyone has the closest relationship with their family. John Wayne and his mom certainly had a volatile relationship over the years. However, it’s especially shocking to see how she responded after returning from an all-expenses-paid trip around the world that her son paid for.

John Wayne’s mom was ‘stern’ throughout the actor’s life

John Wayne as Col. Cord McNally in 'Rio Lobo' in a cowboy outfit looking down at the ground, who's real mom was Mary 'Molly' Alberta Brown

John Wayne as Col. Cord McNally in 'Rio Lobo' in a cowboy outfit looking down at the ground, who's real mom was Mary 'Molly' Alberta Brown

Scott Eyman’s John Wayne: The Life and Legend takes a look through the life of the iconic actor, including his family life. He was born to Mary “Molly” Alberta Brown and Clyde Leonard Morrison, who moved to Palmdale and then to Glendale in California. Wayne’s mom never had the close and positive relationship that he had with his dad. According to Eyman, “Molly didn’t have the temperament to jolly him along.”

Molly always showed favoritism toward the actor’s younger brother, Robert. She even took away his middle name and gave it to the younger brother when he was born. As a result, Wayne always preferred spending time with his father. One of their neighbors named Alice Miller described Wayne’s mom as, “a stern woman. You had to be real careful around her. She could fly off the handle when you least expected it.”

John Wayne: The Life and the Legend continued to show how Wayne’s mom wasn’t very kind toward the actor over the years. He tried to develop a closer relationship with her and provide her with nice accommodations on an expansive trip. However, these favors didn’t ultimately get the mother and son any closer.

“His relationship with his mother remained unrewarding,” Eyman wrote. “Every year he sent his mother and her second husband on a vacation. One year, it was an around-the-world, all-expenses-paid trip. When they got back, Wayne greeted them and wanted to hear all about it.”

Eyman continued: “Sidney Preen, Wayne’s stepfather, raved about the trip and thanked him profusely. Molly just complained—the flights were tiring, the service was bad, etc. Wayne’s response was a visible deflation. After he left the room, Mary St. John [Wayne’s confidante] asked Molly, ‘Don’t you think you could be a little nicer to him sometimes?’”

However, Wayne’s mom replied: “I don’t give a damn about him.”

The actor’s official social media page still reflects on Mother’s Day

However, Wayne’s mom replied: “I don’t give a damn about him.”

The actor’s official social media page still reflects on Mother’s Day

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The actor’s official Twitter account continues to share Happy Mother’s Day posts in honor of Wayne’s mom. They didn’t have the closest relationship, but it’s certainly clear that the Duke made an effort. He always held onto his relationship with his children, not repeating the same mistake. Wayne was often sentimental when it came to close friends and family.

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John Wayne Was Stunned When Ron Howard Asked Him To Rehearse Lines for ‘The Shootist’

Ron Howard was only in his early 20s when he encountered John Wayne and learned how to work with one of the most intimidating men in Hollywood.

Decades later, Howard still raves about Wayne’s work ethic. The two worked together on The Shootist , a key career moment for both. The Shootist represented an actual adult-ish role for Howard. Fans of classic TV knew Howard as Opie in The Andy Griffith Show or Richie Cunningham in Happy Days . Meanwhile, Duke’s movie career was coming to an end. He was 69 when he took on the role of J.B. Books, the gunslinger dying of cancer. It was Wayne’s final film role.

So how did John Wayne treat Ron Howard as they made this movie? Well, Howard had no qualms asking the iconic actor to run lines with him. These were Howard’s observations during an interview with the Huffington Post in 2014.

“I always admired him as a movie star, but I thought of him as a total naturalist,” Ron Howard said of John Wayne. “Even those pauses were probably him forgetting his line and then remembering it again, because, man, he’s The Duke.

“But he’s working on this scene and he’s like, ‘Let me try this again.’ And he put the little hitch in and he’d find the Wayne rhythm, and you’d realize that it changed the performance each and every time. I’ve worked with Bette Davis, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda. Here’s the thing they all have in common: They all, even in their 70s, worked a little harder than everyone else.”

The movie also starred Lauren Bacall, as the owner of the boarding house, and Jimmy Stewart as Books’ doctor. As the movie opened, a doctor told Books that he was dying of cancer. The doctor even said it might be less painful for Book to die in a gunfight. So Books decided to plan his own death. He invited three other gunfighters to meet him at a bar. There, they could kill him.

Howard portrayed Gillom Rogers, Bacall’s son. Gillom came into the bar after the three gunslingers gathered to kill Books. But Wayne’s character was true to himself until the end. He ended up killing his invited guests. However, the bartender popped Books. And as Books died, he watched as Howard shot the bartender, then threw away the gun. The move definitely was Books approved.

In an interview with The Oklahoman, Howard gave even more details about working with Wayne on the set. For one, Wayne wasn’t vain. He did wear a hairpiece. But he didn’t care if people saw him without his hair. That was the case when Howard got his first introduction.

“I’ll never forget the fact that he never, ever made me feel like a kid,” Howard told the Oklahoman. “He treated me like a pro . . . one pro working with another.”

The post John Wayne Was Stunned When Ron Howard Asked Him To Rehearse Lines for ‘The Shootist’ appeared first on Outsider .

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Melinda Wayne Munoz cause of death

Munoz, Melinda Wayne John Wayne Cancer Foundation Advocate and Supporter Passes Away Melinda Wayne Munoz has died, and the cause of death is unknown.

Melinda Wayne Munoz, John Wayne’s daughter, and a John Wayne Cancer Foundation Advocator and Supporter, passed away unexpectedly. In an online statement, JOHN WAYNE confirmed her death. The circumstances surrounding her death had not been made public at the time of publication.

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JOHN WAYNE said, “We are heartbroken to learn that John Wayne’s daughter, Melinda Wayne Munoz, died this week.”Melinda was the fourth of John Wayne’s seven children and the youngest child of his first marriage to Josephine Saenz.

Melinda Wayne Munoz, John Wayne’s daughter, and a John Wayne Cancer Foundation Advocator and Supporter, passed away unexpectedly. In an online statement, JOHN WAYNE confirmed her death. The circumstances surrounding her death had not been made public at the time of publication.

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“Melinda was the grandmother of fourteen and the mother of five children.” She has been a passionate advocate and supporter in the fight against cancer for the past 35 years through the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

“If you’ve ever met Melinda, you know how warm, welcoming, and passionate she is, and she almost certainly made you laugh!” At this time, our thoughts are with her family.”

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