Donald R. McClarey

A Thanksgiving Thought From John Wayne

Have you ever heard of some fellows who first came over to this country? You know what they found? They found a howling wilderness, with summers too hot and winters freezing, and they also found some unpleasant little characters who

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Donald R. McClarey

The President on the Duke

The things you find on the internet! President Reagan being interviewed in 1988 about John Wayne:   Wayne was ever a friend and supporter of Reagan:  

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Donald R. McClarey

D-Day on Film

There have been surprisingly few movies on D-Day, as indicated by the fact that three out of the five videos looked at below are from television miniseries.  Here are the five best from  a scarce lot:          

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Donald R. McClarey

Happy 242nd Birthday to the Corps!

  Some people work an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. But the Marines don’t have that problem. President Ronald Reagan, letter to Lance Corporal Joe Hickey, September 23, 1983      

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Video Clips Worth Watching: Wayne v. Marvin

  The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), perhaps the greatest of Westerns, contains this gem of a scene with John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jimmy Stewart, Strother Marvin, Lee Van Cleef and Woody Strode.  Marvin as Liberty Valance is the

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John Wayne Films For the Fourth of July

  This Fourth of July long weekend is made for a trip down American history courtesy of John Wayne films.  Wayne was an American original.  Thirty seven years after his death, in the annual Harris poll of favorite actors, he

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PopeWatch: Pope Francis and John Wayne

    I doubt if Pope Francis and John Wayne have been associated before, but based upon this interview the juxtaposition occurred to PopeWatch:   Pope Francis gave a recent interview with an Argentinian shanty town’s community paper, where he

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John Wayne and the Sands of Iwo Jima

   They told me to get you into shape so you can handle a piece of this war. That’s what I’m gonna do and that means I’m gonna tell you what to do every day, how to button your buttons

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Thanks, God, We’ll Take It From Here

Have you ever heard of some fellows who first came over to this country? You know what they found? They found a howling wilderness, with summers too hot and winters freezing, and they also found some unpleasant little characters who

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The Three Godfathers

An interesting film for Advent or Chistmas is a John Wayne flick.  John Wayne in a Christmas movie?  Yep, The Three Godfathers in 1948!   Another fruitful John Ford and John Wayne collaboration, the film was released in December 1948.  Three bank robbers,

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The Alamo, John Wayne and Faith

The tumult and the shouting dies— The Captains and the Kings depart— Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice, An humble and a contrite heart. Rudyard Kipling, from Recessional Interesting that John Wayne, who directed the film The Alamo, would have a religious

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Randolph Scott vs. John Wayne

    As long as we are discussing Randolph Scott, I recall that he co-starred with John Wayne in 1942 in two films:  The Spoilers and Pittsburg.  In each film Scott and Wayne had fist fights.  The no holds barred

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John Wayne-Cardiac Catholic

(John Wayne died 33 years ago this week.  It is amazing to me that a third of a century has passed since that sad day when I heard that he had passed.  In his memory I am reposting this post

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The Fugitive (1947)

A Fugitive: I have a question, Lieutenant. When did you lose your faith?  A Lieutenant of Police: When I found a better one. The film For Greater Glory has reminded me of director John Ford’s forgotten The Fugitive (1947).  Very loosely

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John Ford, John Wayne and Grierson’s Raid

Well, you Yankees and your holy principle about savin’ the Union. You’re plunderin’ pirates that’s what. Well, you think there’s no Confederate army where you’re goin’. You think our boys are asleep down here. Well, they’ll catch up to you

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James Arness, Requiescat in Pace

  For all of my childhood, James Arness, and the show he starred in, Gunsmoke, were a constant presence.  The television show, a sequel to the radio show of the same name, came on the air in 1955 and ran

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The Horse Soldiers

In 1959 John Ford and John Wayne, in the last of their “cavalry collaborations”, made The Horse Soldiers, a film based on Harold Sinclair’s novel of the same name published in 1956, which is a wonderful fictionalized account of Grierson’s

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Marines’ Hymn

Some people work an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world.? But the Marines don’t have that problem. Ronald Reagan Something for the weekend.  The oldest of the official songs of a branch of the

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When Masculine Virtues Go Out of Fashion

The following is a column written by Tom Hoffman of the American Thinker. The culture war begun in the sixties has, in large part, been won by the left. Nowhere is this clearer than in the feminization of men. The

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Bipartisan Hope

Bob Hope was a Republican, but, above all, he was a comedian, and he never let politics stand in the way of a good punch line.  A death bed Catholic convert like John Wayne, he will be the subject of

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John Wayne-Cardiac Catholic

    John Wayne died on June 11, 1979.  Like many Americans at the time I felt as if a personal friend had died.  Growing up, Wayne was a part of my childhood both on TV and at the local theater. 

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