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Not your typical John Wayne movie
When you hear about a John Wayne movie, typically the first thing that comes to mind is a western, where he is either fighting Indians or arguing with angry frontiersmen or ranchers. For the more contemporary view, you might think of him in his roles as a soldier or a Green Beret. But rarely, if ever, does he come to mind as a romantic lead in a movie, and then combine that with Maureen O'Hara.
Having watched this movie SEVERAL times, all I can tell you is that it is just another example of how John Ford had this habit of turning everything he touched into gold. The pairing of Wayne and O'Hara is perfect, I cannot imagine anyone else in either role. The script is solid and the characters are believable. It is not a fast moving movie, which is why, I suspect, that Ford had such a hard time selling it to Hollywood when he was shopping it around.
I will not tell you the plot, storyline, etc… there are plenty of sites where you can find that, and with more information than I can provide here.What I will tell you is that if you want a fun, well written, romantic movie that does not bore you to tears.Then this is certainly it.
John Wayne shows that he can be a powerful romantic lead, never losing that “John Wayne Swagger” that we all learned to love.And Maureen O’Hara proves herself to be a worthy challenge to his affections and a great female lead.
In closing I could not do this review credit without mentioning Victor McLaglen.As the movie’s antagonist, he was the perfect choice and the fight scene between his and Wayne’s characters is sure to fulfill any need from the viewer to see Wayne fighting someone, just for the sake of fighting someone.
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