Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Remembering John Wayne, who died 35 years ago

On the populist, working-man sensibilities of Frank Capra, the director of It's A Wonderful Life:

I'd like to take that little Dago son of a bitch and tear him into a million pieces and throw him into the ocean and watch him float back to Sicily where he belongs.
— IMDB quotes

On the affection of Ratso Rizzo for Joe Buck in Midnight Cowboy:

"Wouldn't you say that the wonderful love of these two men in 'Midnight Cowboy', a story about two fags, qualifies as a perverse movie?"
—Playboy, 1971

     AKSARBENT reminds you that although film is not forever, glazed ceramic has proven to last thousands of years, so the Duke's image should last for many genera­tions on heirloom Franklin Mint plates.
Oddly, AKSARBENT has not been able to find the image at the right, published in Gary Wills' book, John Wayne's America, on any Wayne memorabilia.

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