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Not your typical John Wayne movie

Updated on March 20, 2014

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.

Thanks for reading.

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    • SamuraiMarine profile imageAUTHOR

      Samuel Wright 

      4 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      @AnonymousC831: Thanks, oh Mysterious one!

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      AnonymousC831 

      4 years ago from Kentucky

      Great movie.

    • SamuraiMarine profile imageAUTHOR

      Samuel Wright 

      4 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      @DebMartin: Thanks for the comment. VERY good movie.

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      DebMartin 

      4 years ago

      Oh, I remember this one. Good movie.

    • SamuraiMarine profile imageAUTHOR

      Samuel Wright 

      4 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      @anonymous: Thanks for the comment... agreed.

    • SamuraiMarine profile imageAUTHOR

      Samuel Wright 

      4 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      @georgepmoola2: She was... second only to Sophia Loren. ;-)

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      georgepmoola2 

      4 years ago

      Just about my favourite film of all. Great story, great characterisation, fab colours and compositions, John W. proving that he could actually act, and Maureen O'Hara - phwoarrrrrrr! surely one of the most beautiful of all leading actresses.

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      anonymous 

      4 years ago

      The Duke was never better. A great movie!

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      Samuel Wright 

      4 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      @otherlleft: It was a sad movie, yes... but it was good. It was more a tale of what it was like to grow up in a coal town.

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      otherlleft 

      4 years ago

      @SamuraiMarine: Heh, I also love The Quiet Man, but I still haven't forgiven my mother for getting me to watch How Green Was My Valley. Most depressing movie ever.

    • SamuraiMarine profile imageAUTHOR

      Samuel Wright 

      4 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      @Sir Daniel UK: Agreed... for the most part. If you look at Wayne in, for example, the Searchers. There are many similarities and you have no doubt that they are the same person, but you can also see that he had to drop or manipulate the "Tough Guy" image to fit the role, and so you end up with a "Romantic Tough Guy".

      I also agree with your assessment of Cagney and Brando... For example, Brando in Apocalypse Now is nowhere near the same man as the Brando in Don Juan de Marco or Streetcar. Cagney was great because of the Vaudevillian influence on his style. Yankee Doodle Dandy will always be a fovorite of mine, but then you see his diversity in movies like "Man of a Thousand Faces" and "Mister Roberts."

      Thanks for the comment, Daniel. Always appreciated and always like talking to a fellow film nut.

      BTW... I am SIGNIFICANTLY under sixty years old. :-)

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've never seen The Quiet Man, but you've convinced me that it's a must-see. Great review!

    • SamuraiMarine profile imageAUTHOR

      Samuel Wright 

      4 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      @Merrci: You will not be disappointed. You see a gentler side of "The Duke"

    • SamuraiMarine profile imageAUTHOR

      Samuel Wright 

      4 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: I am always worried that if I use too many modules it will detract from the content. Even on my website I am careful not to put too much advertising.

      Any suggestions would be welcome.

      Thanks for the kind words on the review.

    • SamuraiMarine profile imageAUTHOR

      Samuel Wright 

      4 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      @Ibidii: Agreed. When I was a kid, my Mom had to force me to watch this movie, and I ended up loving it. Now I have seen it several times and it never gets old. I rank it up there with "How green is my valley"

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      Ibidii 

      4 years ago

      One of my favorite John Wayne movies! :D

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      Faye Rutledge 

      4 years ago from Concord VA

      Love John Wayne!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

      4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Thanks for a good review of a wonderful movie...another Wayne movie along these lines and co-starring with Katherine Hepburn, but still with a western theme is "Rooster Cogburn and the Lady." A good lens, but why didn't you use more of your allotted modules? Your review is spot-on...thanks for sharing with us.

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      Glenn McCarthy 

      4 years ago

      The film has a fantastic fight scene and the film is great. Watched it 3 times and every time I have enjoyed it.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Congrats on Review of the Day! I don't think I saw this one but even the setting looks good. Thanks for sharing. It's going on my list.

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      Danny Gibson 

      4 years ago from Northampton

      This is going to be a hard sell to anyone under 60. And the problem with John Wayne is that he was always John Wayne; limited acting range, much like Schwarzenegger today; he's only capable of playing himself.

      A valiant effort and good luck to you, but for me, at least, movies only truly make an impact when the actors forget who they are and become the characters they are playing. And there's no better exponents of that from olden times than Cagney and Brando!

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      Samuel Wright 

      4 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks... you will not be disappointed.

      I have talked to many people that, when I suggest this movie, say something like, "John Wayne? I am not into westerns."

      I then have to explain that it is not a western and deviates quite a bit from his usual work.

      If you think about it, post again when you have seen it and let me know what you thought of it.

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