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John Wayne ‘asked to move out of Queen’s way’ after guard forgot who Hollywood star was

On Friday, the newly-appointed King Charles III will make his first televised address to Britons, as he confirms his place as the new monarch.
While Her Majesty’s death at the age of 96 has left many devastated and in sadness, stories of her warmth and joyfulness have emerged, particularly with other well-known figures.

And when you are one of the world’s most recognisable people, it is not surprising that other famous faces are forgotten, such as that of Hollywood heavyweight John Wayne, who was asked to move when the Queen visited Philadelphia in 1976.
Her visit to the American city in the Seventies marked the first time a sitting monarch had come to the location, and was part of celebrations to commemorate the US Bicentennial.

Britain and the Commonwealth yesterday went into mourning after news emerged Queen Elizabeth II had passed away. Her immediate family, including the likes of Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and Princess Anne, gathered at Balmoral on Thursday, before confirmation of her passing was made public. It sparked an outpouring of grief across the world, with world leaders and influential figures all marking her death with messages of condolences, and recollections of time they spent together.

John Wayne 'asked to move out of Queen's way' after guard forgot who Hollywood star was

John Wayne ‘asked to move out of Queen’s way’ after guard forgot who Hollywood star was (Image: GETTY)

John Wayne was mistaken for a member of staff
John Wayne was mistaken for a member of staff (Image: GETTY)

The visit to Philadelphia came more than 20 years after her coronation in 1952, and was the second time she had travelled to the US in an official capacity, following the 1959 trip to Chicago.
She travelled to the US city on her royal yacht Britannia, alongside her husband Prince Philip, and reportedly some 45 other special guests and dignitaries.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported at the time that “a throng of revellers gathered to get a glimpse of the Queen”, and that when they grew impatient with waiting, began chanting: “We want the Queen!”
It was even reported that 67-year-old man John Neri died of a heart attack waiting for her arrival.

The Queen during the 1976 visit
The Queen during the 1976 visit (Image: GETTY)

In one interaction during her trip, the Inquirer reported how the Queen “capped her day in Philadelphia with a lavish dinner” at the city’s Museum of Art, where a supposed 300 guests gathered.
The city’s Daily News, however, noted at the time: “One security worker failed to recognise actor John Wayne and asked him to step out of the Queen’s path as she was entering.
“Sammy Davis Jr., though, declined to attend due to prior commitments when [then-Mayor Frank] Rizzo called for him, The Inquirer reported.”
Mr Rizzo joined Her Majesty for the trip around Philadelphia, and reportedly told reporters how the Queen was “very attractive and very gracious”.
In a speech to onlookers, Her Majesty said: “It seems to me that Independence Day, the Fourth of July, should be celebrated as much in Britain as in America.

John Wayne was a huge star at the time
John Wayne was a huge star at the time (Image: GETTY)

“Not in rejoicing at the separation of the American colonies from the British Crown, but in sincere gratitude to the founding fathers of the great republic for having taught Britain a very valuable lesson.
“We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding, what is impossible to keep.”
Another highlight of the trip was when the Queen gave the city another Liberty Bell, and she “went home with a piece of the original”.
The Inquirer reported that the mini-Liberty Bell she was given was made from scraps “collected when the cracked bell was drilled and a bolt inserted many years ago”.
The Queen reportedly said: “You know, this is one of the finest symbols of any country in the world. Everybody knows about the Liberty Bell.”
Her Majesty’s death on September 8 will be marked on Friday with a minute’s silence before King Charles III delivers a speech to the nation, and Commonwealth.
The Queen’s funeral is expected to take place within the next 10 days.

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John Wayne Pushed Through a Severe Injury to Ensure ‘The Train Robbers’ Premiered on Schedule

John Wayne is known around the world as one of the most iconic cowboys of all time. Decades after his death, John Wayne continues to be praised for his nearly 200 unforgettable appearances in film and television. And though his larger-than-life presence, good looks, and husky voice took him far in Hollywood, it was his commitment to his films that led to John Wayne playing such a large role in cinema history.

The Duke began his career in 1926. As time went on, the stoic superstar developed a reputation as a stunt man. Many of his Westerns involved action-heavy scenes, and the technology to make stunt work easier to fake didn’t yet exist. As such, many legendary John Wayne films were extremely physically demanding.

Hiring a stunt man was an option used by many in Hollywood. But The Duke refused. Instead, he insisted on doing his stunts himself. Though this was an admirable step to take, it led to many injuries for Wayne throughout his career.

The audience knew that the hero would win in the end, but reaching victory often involved getting punched, kicked, shot, and stabbed along the way. He was even blown up and crushed by a bulldozer (on separate occasions, of course).

John Wayne Filmed ‘The Train Robbers’ With Broken Ribs

Perhaps the most horrifying injury of John Wayne’s career occurred on the set of the 1973 Western The Train Robbers. In the film, Wayne plays the starring role of Lane, the leader of a group of cowboys hunting down a dastardly train robber.

According to the John Wayne biography entitled Duke by Ronald L. Davis, The Duke broke two ribs mere days before filming began on The Train Robbers. As Wayne was an irreplaceable star, the injury led to a rearranging of the film. Rather than focusing on high-speed chases and deadly battles between cowboys and outlaws, The Train Robbers honed in on dialogue and character building.

That said, it was still a Western, and every Western needs a certain amount of action. For The Duke, it was essential that “the action scenes looked believable”. Wayne was so committed to his scenes that he flat-out refused to work around his injury. “He wasn’t a crybaby,” his wife Pilar Wayne told The LA Times. “He could tolerate pain.”

And tolerate pain, he did. John Wayne pushed through the broken ribs, determined to keep the film as close to the original script as possible. While filming, he was clearly limited with his movements and he appeared somewhat ill on set.

On-screen, however, no one could tell the difference. The Duke still gave a fantastic performance. Three years later, his Hollywood career came to an end, but John Wayne will always be remembered as the tough-as-nails actor he truly was.

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Original Cast of John Wayne’s ‘The Cowboys’ to Celebrate Film’s 50th Anniversary With The Duke’s Family

The career of John Wayne is one of the most revered in all of American filmmaking regardless of genre. Even long after his death, his unmatched contributions to the Western film genre are still a thing of legend.

John Wayne: An American Experience, The Cowboy Channel, Stockyards Heritage, and Hotel Drover have partnered up with the members of the cast of The Cowboys and Wayne’s family. Together, they will host a celebratory festival in honor of the 50th anniversary of the fan-favorite film. The official John Wayne Instagram page announced the event by paying tribute to one of Wayne’s many iconic moments.

“In honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Cowboys, celebrate with members of the original cast & the Wayne family June 24, 25, & 26 in the Fort Worth Stockyards! For a list of events and tickets, head to”

The 1972 film is based on the book of the same name by William Dale Jennings. Wayne stars alongside Roscoe Lee Browne, Slim Pickens, Colleen Dewhurst, and Bruce Dern. The Cowboys tells the story of a down on his luck rancher being forced to hire a group of inexperienced cowboys to get his herd to market on time. It’s one of Wayne’s most enduring films with his performance often regarded as one of his best.

The Cowboys Still Holds A Special Place in Hearts of Film Fans

Fans of the film will no doubt be thrilled by the opportunity to hear directly from the people who worked and lived alongside Wayne during the making of the classic film. One member of the cast, A Martinez who played Cimarron, took to his own Instagram account to post a message about his experience shooting The Cowboys for its 50th anniversary.

“It was a thrill and an honor to be a part of this project,” said Martinez in his post. “A haunting, timeless theme, adapted from the novel by William Dale Jennings, brilliantly directed by Rydell. With gorgeous cinematography by Bob Surtees, an indelible score by John Williams –– and a great performance by John Wayne –– the power of #TheCowboys abides.”

The 3-day celebration includes outdoor screenings after sunset on the Livestock Exchange lawn all three nights. Fans will have meet and greet opportunities with 9 members of the cast. Then, A live televised film panel with a studio audience will film at The Cowboy Channel Studio Sunday night. In addition, there will be special installations and reception at John Wayne: An American Experience, a sprawling 10,000 square foot exhibit providing an intimate look at the life of The Duke.

Any fan of John Wayne who can make it to Fort Worth, Texas for this celebration of a beloved piece of Wayne’s filmography should purchase tickets as soon as possible. Relive the memories of this classic film alongside cast members and Wayne’s family with the special event.

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This John Wayne Western Almost Starred Elvis Presley

When you hear the names Elvis Presley and John Wayne, the word icon undoubtedly comes to mind. Although they were famous figures in their own right, they had more in common than you might think. For instance, they nearly starred alongside one another in one of Wayne’s many westerns.

As the undisputed King of rock ‘n’ roll, Presley became a worldwide viral sensation for his gyrating hips and rock-n-roll music. Yet, he also dipped his toes into the world of movies.

He had performed in various movies like King Creole and Blue Hawaii in the past. In addition, he had some Western movie experience when he starred in Love Me Tender. According to IMDb, the movie is a Western set during the end of the American Civil War.

Elvis plays the role of Clint Reno, the brother of a Confederate soldier who becomes involved in a train robbery. The movie was released in 1956, just as Elvis became a rising star. As a result, he grabbed the attention of another acting veteran.

Love Me Tender was the hitmaker’s first movie role. Little did he know, John Wayne was watching at home. As a result, Wayne decided he wanted to collaborate with the rising star.

Elvis Presley’s manager decides on True Grit role

Billy Smith, Elvis’ cousin, once answered whether John Wayne asked Presley to star with him in a movie more than once. According to Smith, via his Youtube channel, co-starring alongside Wayne wasn’t Presley’s style, or rather, it wasn’t his manager’s preference.

Billy Smith, Elvis’ cousin, once answered whether John Wayne asked Presley to star with him in a movie more than once. According to Smith, via his Youtube channel, co-starring alongside Wayne wasn’t Presley’s style, or rather, it wasn’t his manager’s preference.

As Smith described, anytime anyone wanted to collab with The King, it was “always carried through Colonel.” Presley was at the height of his fame around this time. According to Smith, “Colonel didn’t want him to play … second star with anybody else.” 

Sadly, Presley would miss out on the role of LeBoeuf. In addition, he wouldn’t get to join forces with one of the genre’s most beloved figures. Glen Campbell would instead take on the part. 

However, maybe the decision happened for a better reason. When the film was released in 1969, it was a critical moment for Presley’s career. In December of 1968, just before True Grit premiered, Presley embarked on his now-legendary “comeback special.” In 1969, he delivered almost 60 performances at the magnificent International Hotel in Las Vegas. 

During this whirlwind of a year, Presley proved the point of his manager: Elvis Presley would play second fiddle to nobody, even John Wayne. 

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