I remember when I first saw this film. It was a matinee at the Midland Theater in Coffeyville, KS. I was with a few neighborhood boys, the summer I was visiting grandparents. The Midland is an old one-screen theater like so many in small towns. Going to a summer matinee as a kid was a … More Big Jake (1971)
Strange how I’d never seen this film before. It played on TCM and I watched it on-demand. It wasn’t the film I was looking for but took a chance on it. The Searchers is one of John Wayne‘s most famous film and yet I’ve never seen it. I’m more of fan of Wayne’s films after … More The Searchers (1956)
Most of you will say, who? Andrew V. McLaglen directed more Westerns in the 1960’s and 1970’s than anyone else, more than 100 hours of television Westerns. This is remarkable because most of the 200-plus episodes were half-hour programs. He said that he kept the genre alive. I believe him. When McLaglen was hired as … More Andrew V. McLaglen: Director
El Dorado was John Wayne’s 138th film, and was released about the same time as The War Wagon. While critics were split on the film, El Dorado was a hit with fans and earned a profit at the box office. It is my favorite John Wayne film. If you are looking for a hip, ground-breaking … More El Dorado
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