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Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

The first Academy Awards were handed out back in 1929. The “show” looked decidedly different then – it was in fact a dinner, the ceremony itself took 15 minutes and the awards had already been announced three weeks earlier. There were also far fewer categories. The first winner was Wings (1927), a film that is chiefly … Continue reading Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

The Longest Day: Turning a War Around

THIS IS THE THE DAY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD… WHEN HISTORY HELD ITS BREATH.  As Sean Connery was preparing to play a small role in this World War II blockbuster, he was also planning a trip to Jamaica for the first James Bond thriller, Dr. No. Also appearing in The Longest Day were two German … Continue reading The Longest Day: Turning a War Around

The Quiet Man

ACTION… EXCITEMENT… ROMANCE… FILL THE SCREEN! In the 1920s, Sean Thornton (John Wayne) arrives in Ireland where he reclaims his family’s farm, starts a feud with a local landowner and falls in love with his sister (Maureen O’Hara). John Ford won his fourth and last directing Oscar for another collaboration with Wayne, but not a … Continue reading The Quiet Man

In Harm’s Way

STRIPPED OF EVERYTHING – THEY LIVED AND LOVED AND FOUGHT AS IF THERE WERE NO TOMORROW… After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Navy Captain Rockwell Torrey (John Wayne) is removed from command, but soon finds a chance to prove his mettle again. This may be a WWII epic set in Hawaii, but another From … Continue reading In Harm’s Way

Rio Bravo: A Sheriff Takes a Chance

THEY FOUGHT BACK TO BACK… NO QUARTER GIVEN… NO QUARTER ASKED… NO WAY IN… NO WAY OUT… OF RIO BRAVO. John Wayne was not a fan of High Noon (1952) for purely political reasons. In his view, that film celebrated collectivism, having Gary Cooper’s sheriff come looking for help among the reluctant townsfolk, when in … Continue reading Rio Bravo: A Sheriff Takes a Chance


HE LIKES HIS WHISKEY HARD… HIS WOMEN SOFT… AND HIS WEST ALL TO HIMSELF! Rancher George Washington McLintock (John Wayne) is suddenly visited by his wife (Maureen O’Hara) who left him years ago; now she’s demanding a divorce and custody of their daughter (Stefanie Powers). Wayne found what he believed to be the perfect vehicle … Continue reading McLintock!

The Searchers: A Savage Nature

HE HAD TO FIND HER… HE HAD TO FIND HER… The Searchers was a box office hit in its day, but received no Academy Award nominations. Much like several Alfred Hitchcock movies, it’s a typical example of a film that was well-liked but didn’t turn into an American classic until a few decades later. It is … Continue reading The Searchers: A Savage Nature

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: How the West Found Law

Since the United States of America has always been a democracy, it may be easy to forget that not all parts of the country have been free, and I’m not even talking about slavery. As new territories on the North American continent were seized by U.S. authorities, law and order were not always prioritized in … Continue reading The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: How the West Found Law