John Wayne and favorite Leading lady Maureen O'Hara

This is my favorite of all of John Wayne's films.

Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher, a beautiful but poor maiden, and younger sister of ill-tempered "Red" Will Danaher. The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will's pugnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the main plot, with Sean's past as the dark undercurrent. Written by Steve Fenwick 

Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne in McLintock This rollicking western comedy is my favorite. Though the sexism in it is somewhat dated. The actors are all so good and all so funny! The cast included John's son Patrick and a young beautiful Stephanie Powers. I have this on my DVR and play it weekly as it cheers me so. Cattle baron George Washington McLintock fights his wife, his daughter, and political land-grabbers, finally "taming" them all in this Western comedy with Taming of the Shrew overtones. Written by Jim Beaver   

My second favorite features Dean Martin Walter Brennan and Rick Nelson (so cute) but deadly with a gun! Here they hole up in a jail with a bad guy and figure out how to save the town. The sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape. 

After a friend is killed trying to muster support for him, he and his deputies - a disgraced drunk and a cantankerous old cripple - must find a way to hold out against the rancher's hired guns until the marshal arrives. In the meantime, matters are complicated by the presence of a young gunslinger - and a mysterious beauty who just came in on the last stagecoach. Written by scgary66 John Wayne and OMG Angie Dickinson! Who could resist her?
John Wayne and Patricia Neal were a hot pair! The story opens on the night of December 6, 1941, at a dance in the Officers' Club at Pearl Harbor. We are at first introduced to Lieutenant (j.g.) William 'Mac' McConnel (Tom Tryon) and his wife Beverly (Paula Prentiss), who can't help but notice a visibly inebriated Liz Eddington (Barbara Bouchet) dancing with an Army Air Corps major (Hugh O'Brian) - spiting her husband who is at sea on gunnery practice.  

When the band launches into an upbeat swing tune, Liz engages in an exotic dance that for better or for worse draws the attention of every person in the club. Mac finally asks the band to make an end and play something else, which is heeded to Liz's disappointment. Her lover escorts her from the premises and takes her to spend the rest of the night on a beach near the base. Read full story with spoilers HERE Oh what an exciting film! I highly recommend Kirk Douglas' performance as the stand out!

John Wayne and Robert Mitchum The way to make a good movie, according to El Dorado director Howard Hawks, is to have a couple of good parts and not to annoy anyone. Exercising this restraint was what guided Hawks' career, and it's most visible in El Dorado, a virtual remake of his hit Rio Bravo. 

This time, it's Robert Mitchum instead of Dean Martin, and James Caan in for Ricky Nelson. But rather than mimic the pout and snarl of Nelson's Rio Bravo teen rebel, Caan is so insolent, he refuses to even play it cool.It is almost identical to Rio Bravo but James Caan really added a new element to this film. Quite difference between Robert Mitchum and Dean Martin too. Still I love this film James Caan John Wayne Robert Fuller 


Big Rich said...

Somebody told me once,"You seen too many John Wayne movies"... I took it as a compliment! BR

Dee Gilbert said...

Hi! I LOVED Maureen O'Hara! Do you remember a movie with patricia Neal as the manager of Andy Griffith who became a star in an old classic called, "A face in the crowd"It was great Patricia just passed and Angie Dickinson was always reeking sex appeal!

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