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Ever since I first watched The Sons of Katie Elder as a kid, I wondered why Wayne's John Elder was so much older than the other brothers. It was almost as if the filmmakers should have made him an uncle, not a brother. But, Wayne was usually first pick for these kinds of films back then so that's the way it was.Detective Thorn wrote:I have a hard time believing Heston wouldn't be a co-star to John Wayne, despite coming off Ben-Hur. Heston and Stewart as John Elder could have worked better than Wayne age-wise, Wayne looked too old to be the brother of some of that family. That there were plans to make a sequel to True Grit without Wayne boggles the mind, why would they? He made that role iconic and anyone else playing it shortly after Wayne wouldn't be wise.
Very funny about Fonda telling Heston not to work with Ford, Heston looked up to Fonda so I guess that could be true. Still, passing up the chance to work with such a legend and that the legend requested it is quite an honor! Maybe Heston was still turned off by having worked with another bully director - Sam Peckinpah and didn't think it was worth it, who knows.
I finally watched the last 15 minutes of I Married a Woman because TCM just ran it again. John Wayne does indeed show up for a minute again at the very end in a strange & amusing scene, on a cruise ship with his supposedly real wife; they argue briefly about how he spends too much time making films. Again, the film is in black&white, but Wayne's figure is in color, then also switches to black&white. Like I said, strange.Chrysagon wrote:Here's some more offbeat trivia, gleaned from the on-going TCM marathon: some of the choices for the marathon might be looked upon as odd; yesterday, I watched about half of a silly comedy-drama starring George Gobel & Diana Dors, called I Married a Woman (1959). The film is in black & white, except for an early scene in a movie theater - there, the couple watch a movie which is showing in color; the actors on the screen are... John Wayne & Angie Dickinson! (probably done during their stint on Rio Bravo) It's a simple scene of the two talking at the end of some romantic drama. Weird. Wayne might have appeared a 2nd time later in the film but I didn't watch the 2nd half. This is what's known as an unbilled cameo.
Not a big fan of his war movies, are you, James?James Byrne wrote:My 10 favourite Wayne movies:
THE QUIET MAN
SANDS OF IWO JIMA
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
Thanks for this great info. I know Brian Glover from his acting but did not know he was a wrestler. Wasn't familiar with Nosher !James Byrne wrote:BRANNIGAN is enjoyable, but Duke was showing his age in this.
I like some of the bit part players in this movie, particularly Brian Glover. He was a "bad guy" wrestler in the 1960's/70's and I saw him wrestle at the Market Hall and Drill Hall, Lincoln, hundreds of times. He called himself Leon Arras in the grunt 'n groan business and was a real character. He may be more familiar to you if you've seen AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON - he is in a pub discussing John Wayne in THE ALAMO.
Two other bit part actors from the film are known to me, my old facebook pal Harry Fielder (known as Aitch) and Michael Munn, who later wrote biographies of John Wayne and Charlton Heston.
One of British boxing's great characters also has a fight with Wayne in BRANNIGAN. Nosher Powell was once a sparring partner of Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson, but in his autobiography he swore blind that a stuntman was killed in front of him during the chariot race in BEN-HUR. Nosher was a stuntman in this sequence. This, of course, is nonsense.
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