John Wayne : The Man Behind the Myth by Michael Munn

By Michael Munn

From Publishers Weekly in response to this congenial biography by way of movie journalist Munn, motion picture legend Wayne (1907–1979) was once a troublesome employee who held tight to his ideals and what he proposal he may still convey on monitor. Wayne's occupation did have its proportion of controversy (although he starred in cutthroat battle motion pictures, Wayne did not subscribe to army provider in WWII; he rejected communism, which made him the thing of Stalinist threats; and the actor's given identify remains to be debated), and Munn deftly addresses these hullabaloos whereas delivering an summary of the actor's accomplishments. After taking part in soccer at USC, Wayne labored as a studio prop guy, getting into early touch with director John Ford, who may direct Wayne in a few of his so much memorable performances, together with 1952's The Quiet guy. all through their organization, Ford taken care of Wayne unevenly, disparaging his skills and lashing out at him for accepting a lead function from rival director Raoul Walsh (The mammoth path, 1930). but Ford and Wayne collaborated on 1939's Stagecoach, which gave beginning to the intense western and the Ford-Wayne motion picture subgenre. different highlights comprise Wayne's emergence as a heavy in 1948's crimson River and his ferocious functionality in 1956's The Searchers. Munn portrays the actor in his own existence as a man's guy, who sustained friendships with tricky cohorts like stuntman Yakima Canutt yet failed in romance. even supposing the ebook takes a strange flip towards the top, whilst Munn hyperlinks Wayne's patriotism and heroic personality to the heroic activities after September eleven, total, it is a wonderful tribute. Copyright © Reed company info, a department of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. evaluate "A tremendous tribute." -- *Publishers Weekly* (*Publisher's Weekly* )

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Well, ya know something? They can’t lay a glove on me with their mean-spirited words because I’ve faced worse than them. “I’ll be straight with you ’cos I like you, and you already know more than anyone should. This is between you and me. The Communists have been trying to kill me since 1949. But as you can see, they didn’t do a very good job of it. ” He then related an incident that occurred in 1966 when he was visiting troops in Vietnam and a sniper opened fire. It was not quite the same story that had been reported in the press.

Somewhat ironically, Wayne suggested that since I wanted to be a writer, I should make the most of my knowledge of cinema and try my hand at a book. ” He said, “Why not? ” A few days later he turned up with a long list of names and phone numbers; people like Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, George Sherman, Maureen O’Hara, Claire Trevor, Paul Fix, and many others he said I ought to talk to. ” Consequently, I spent a lot of nights making transatlantic phone calls. More than once he said, “Don’t forget to call up those people I made a list of for you.

It was back to a town where the local bullies teased him about his name. qxd 12/18/03 1:42 PM Page 10 10 JOHN WAYNE the history of the old West. When we were working together on those early Westerns, he’d talk about the old West and of wagon trains and pioneers, of stagecoach robberies and heroic lawmen. And because his grandfather had fought in the Civil War, he immersed himself in the history of the war between the states. “I reckon he must have been around ten or in his early teens when he discovered his love of American history.

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