John Wayne: The Man Behind the Myth by Michael Munn

By Michael Munn

From Publishers Weekly in keeping with this congenial biography via movie journalist Munn, motion picture legend Wayne (1907–1979) was once a troublesome employee who held tight to his ideals and what he suggestion he should still exhibit on monitor. Wayne's profession did have its proportion of controversy (although he starred in cutthroat warfare movies, Wayne did not join army carrier in WWII; he rejected communism, which made him the article of Stalinist threats; and the actor's given identify continues to be debated), and Munn deftly addresses these hullabaloos whereas delivering an summary of the actor's accomplishments. After enjoying soccer at USC, Wayne labored as a studio prop guy, getting into early touch with director John Ford, who might 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 inconsistently, disparaging his abilities and lashing out at him for accepting a lead function from rival director Raoul Walsh (The enormous path, 1930). but Ford and Wayne collaborated on 1939's Stagecoach, which gave start to the intense western and the Ford-Wayne motion picture subgenre. different highlights contain Wayne's emergence as a heavy in 1948's purple 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 though the booklet takes a wierd flip towards the tip, while Munn hyperlinks Wayne's patriotism and heroic character to the heroic activities after September eleven, total, it is a wonderful tribute. Copyright © Reed enterprise details, a department of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. overview "A fantastic tribute." -- *Publishers Weekly* (*Publisher's Weekly* )

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Attempts were made on his life, which was a secret he kept—except from those who helped to protect him—for one reason: he did not want his family to know because he did not want any of them to worry about him or live in fear. In fact, against advice from the FBI, he refused to change his lifestyle and thereby give in to acts of terror. And that is an aspect of his life that is reflected in the courage and determination of the American people after 11 September. Although the Wayne family home became something of a safe haven from the usual dangers celebrities feared—such as kidnappers and burglars—Wayne never took any extraordinary precautions to keep himself safe from any would-be assassins.

They’d say, ‘Take it home for your cat,’ even though they knew we had no cat. The milk was really for me. One day I got into a fight with a local bully and lost and got a black eye. ” In 1921 Duke Morrison began his freshman year at Glendale High. In his teens he had begun to grow rapidly upward, and before long he stood more than six feet tall. Although he was skinny, weighing just 140 pounds, he became star guard on the school football team. An intelligent young man, still a little shy but possessing a modest and unassuming manner, he started to win the admiration of his peers and began to achieve success in various aspects of his school life.

My feeling is that if Duke said he hurt his shoulder, then it was true, but I don’t believe that was the reason he was dropped from the college football team. He never could run particularly fast, and if you look at pictures of Wayne up to the time he made The Big Trail [in 1930], you can see that he was tall but not well built, which means he was never going to be a star football player. qxd 12/18/03 1:42 PM Page 19 3 Call Him Wayne With the football scholarship no longer available, Duke was unable to continue going to college.

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