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John Wayne…A $2,000,000 ABC contract paid in installments between 1977 and 1979 for six two-hour network specials and two guest star spots on variety specials was a step in the right direction

After The Shootist was distributed in August 1976 to glowing critical reviews but disappointing rentals — nobody wanted to see American icon John Wayne battle incurable prostate cancer onscreen — the Duke was at a crossroads. Traditional westerns were going out of fashion besides Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales and maybe Charles Bronson’s The White Buffalo.

Retirement was a sinful proposition for a man who abhorred most hobbies except sailing aboard the 136-foot World War II minesweeper converted yacht christened the Wild Goose, became anxious if friends were not nearby, and prided himself on being the first one to arrive on set. The Duke’s finances were precarious after an unscrupulous business manager and later son-in-law cheated him of untold millions. He could also be an easy mark for get-rich quick investment schemes and found it difficult to turn down fans who wrote to him requesting money to combat supposed ailments.
And most importantly, his health was declining. The removal of the entire upper lobe of his left lung and two ribs in 1964 had kept cancer in remission, but bronchial infections were tough to shake. For the first time in his 50-year career the Duke delayed a production and spent two weeks recuperating from the flu and an earache while frequent Eastwood collaborator Don Siegel staged the epic closing gunfight without him on The Shootist. Unable to wean himself off chewing tobacco or smoking cigars, coughing episodes would double him over in discomfort. An enlarged prostate gland created endless urinary urges. Insurance companies were hesitant to cover him for protracted location shoots.
A $2,000,000 ABC contract paid in installments between 1977 and 1979 for six two-hour network specials and two guest star spots on variety specials was a step in the right direction. So were commercials, which Wayne had a bit of familiarity with going back to August 1973. The genuine article, who hilariously conceded to a Harvard Lampoon student that his hair was not phony yet did not belong to him, permitted his name, likeness, and endorsement of a hair growth tonic called Hair Trigger and specified that he receive 10 percent of the net profit. It’s unknown if he contributed any exclusive video plugs for Hair Trigger.

Wayne booked a $200,000-a-year print and TV association with Datril 500 in November 1976, an aspirin substitute product by Bristol-Myers which competed briefly against Johnson & Johnson’s Tylenol. Company executives must have been delirious with joy to have one of the most masculine, trusted men in America urging folks to “ask your doctor about taking Datril 500.” Filming among the majestic buttes of Monument Valley, Utah — the Duke’s old stomping grounds in the company of crusty Searchers director John Ford — should not have put him in a foul mood. But having served as a director himself on passion projects The Alamo and The Green Berets, Wayne found his ideas for script alterations falling on deaf ears and an unprofessional crew who disregarded proper lighting and camera angles.
According to secretary-final companion Pat Stacy’s 1983 memoir Duke: A Love Story, “When the commercial was finally aired, Duke’s gardener protested — and I swear these are her words — ‘Why did they have to use that phony-looking background?’ When filming at a second location north of Flagstaff, Duke wanted a reference to the magnificent aspen trees in the background. The ad people almost went into cardiac arrest. ‘Aspen’ sounded too much like ‘aspirin!’ Things got so bad that Duke even made up a joke about it. ‘Next time we’ll do a commercial about the making of a commercial. We’ll show the meetings, discussions with attorneys and ad executives, and all the chaos I went through. Then I’ll step before the cameras and say, ‘This really gives you a headache. Take Datril 500. It’s strong medicine!’”
Stacy was not finished. “Over the next couple of years he’d receive hundreds of letters about those commercials, people writing in from all over to express disappointment, to wonder why he had ‘lowered himself’ to become a television salesman,” she wrote. “Duke’s answer to them all was terse and truthful: ‘I did it for the M-U-N-Y. But I guess I made a mistake. I’ll just have to find another way.’”
Marlene Dietrich, the Duke’s romantic liaison at the onset of World War II and leading lady [i.e. Seven Sinners, The Spoilers, and Pittsburgh], was merciless. “You can’t be King Lear and selling some kind of product a minute later,” the feminist sex siren was quoted as saying in Randy Roberts and James S. Olson’s thorough 1995 biography John Wayne: American. “John Wayne…dressed as a cowboy from head to foot…I think it’s the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever seen…a ‘he-man of the great outdoors’ on horseback with his hat and all the other trappings of a real cowboy on, praising the effect of a headache tablet. Too funny for words.”
It’s unclear how many Datril 500 segments were broadcast. The Morning News from Wilmin gton, Delaware, mentioned five 30-second commercials being shot for TV consumption in mid-December 1976. Only one is available on YouTube. In April 1977 the Duke was obligated to video another round of Datril 500 commercials. Whether he traveled on location or donned cowboy regalia or even a black tuxedo remains a mystery. Regardless, Wayne cancelled his option for another year of embarrassing pill endorsements.
Great Western Savings and Loan Association approached him at the end of 1977, offering better production values in the form of two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler [i.e. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and David Carradine’s Bound for Glory]. Wexler, an unabashed Leftist in direct opposition to the Duke, also directed the segments — shown only in California — and in vintage comments to the Detroit Free Press shed light on Wayne the human being. “Duke is formidable, there’s no two ways about it,” said Wexler. “He knows everything there is to know about film-making, and he doesn’t keep it a secret. He has a dominant personality. He wants to run things. He wouldn’t do the dialogue as it was written. He would alter the lines to suit his personality. He gave as much care to the commercial as he would for a feature film.”
Great Western granted the fading star respect and more money — $350,000 for 1977, $400,000 for 1978, and $450,000 in 1979 with two one-year options after that. Six Great Western commercials are on YouTube, including an endearing spot with youngest children Ethan and Marissa in sleeping bags. Locations ranged from Sutter’s Mill, Sequoia National Forest, Lone Pine, to rugged California coastline. Scroll below to watch the accessible commercials and comment if you know the whereabouts of the rest.
Aissa Wayne, The War Wagon protagonist’s eldest daughter with third wife Pilar Pallete, recounted a sobering conversation in her 1991 memoir John Wayne: My Father. “If Michael [Wayne’s firstborn of seven children] had been old enough to manage my money from the start, I’d never have had these problems. You’ve gotta find something you can fall back on. If I get sick, I don’t know what will happen to you kids.”
The Duke was only 72 years old but had chalked up assorted lifetimes when he succumbed to stomach cancer on June 11, 1979, at the UCLA Medical Center. Atop the Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll for four years, research from Wayne’s biographer Scott Eyman divulged that he “left an estate valued at $6.8 million, with real property valued at $1 million, personal property at $5.75 million, and annual income from personal property at $100,000. A careful reading of the will made it clear that most of the estate was in property — there was little cash. The actor’s Newport Beach home was sold in March 1980 for $3.48 million. Wayne’s ranch partner Louis Johnson sold the 26 Bar Ranch, the Red River Land Company, and the Red River Feed Yard in January 1980 for $45 million, half of which went to the Wayne estate.”

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John Wayne or Jeff Bridges, who plays the role of Rooster Cogburn well? – My Blog

Two movies made 50 years apart, both based on a novel by the same name. Two different iconic actors took turns playing the rough-and-tumble marshal Rooster Cogburn in their respective versions of “True Grit.” John Wayne played him in the 1969 version, Jeff Bridges in 2010. Both were celebrated critically. Now, Duke’s official Instagram account is comparing the performances to see which one did it better.Of course, the question was posed by the John Wayne account. So it’s safe to say the people who responded in the comments were at least slightly biased toward the 1969 version.

Then again, both Rooster Cogburn actors were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances. So it’s really anybody’s game.“John Wayne & Jeff Bridges were both nominated for Oscars for their performance as Rooster Cogburn. Which version of the movie is your favorite, 1969 or 2010?” the Instagram caption read.

In the world of remakes, few movies do as much justice to their original counterparts as the 2010 version of “True Grit” from the Coen Brothers. There was no consensus among fans whatsoever. But some of the most popular sentiments seemed to be that the 1969 “True Grit” with John Wayne as Cogburn featured the more iconic performance. Though, many fans thought the 2010 movie was closer to the source text than the original.

“I have to fall on the side of the Duke. BUT, that’s the BEST remake of a film, I’ve ever seen! Loved them both,” a fan replied to the Instagram post.“2010 Much richer film and truer to the book’s feel. Wayne was robbed of an Oscar for the Searchers and this was a lifetime achievement award,” another added.Two Versions of ‘True Grit,’ Two Very Different Approaches to Character . One of the biggest complaints John Wayne fans had of Jeff Bridges’ approach to Rooster Cogburn was how disheveled he appeared.

“Jeff Bridges was horrible had marbles in house mouth and portrait Roster as a slob,” another fan replied to the post from John Wayne’s estate.But a different fan pointed out that, indeed, the portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in the novel by Charles Portis was one of a slobbish man.This isn’t to say that the Bridges performance is better for accuracy. It’s just that Henry Hathaway, the director of the 1969 “True Grit,” and the Coen brothers took different approaches to their movies. As a result, the actors contrasted greatly in their portrayals of Rooster Cogburn.

At the end of the day, however, the win may have to go to John Wayne on this one. After all, we’re still waiting on Jeff Bridges to reprise the role in a sequel. Duke did it in the 1975 film “Rooster Cogburn.”

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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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