Skip to comments.John Wayne’s Birthday
Posted on 05/26/2011 1:42:53 PM PDT by Snuph
Its not a national holiday but, for some, it should be. On May 26, 1907 Marion Robert Morrison came into the world in Winterset, Iowa. When he left on June 11, 1979, he was John Wayne, an American icon.
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They are running John Wayne movies on TCM all day.
I wish they would show BIG JIM MCLAIN.
Rest in peace Duke.
I was in the sixth grade when the Duke died. I remember learning he was gone standing out in the hall changing classes.
Dear God, thank you for John Wayne. Amen!
A co-worker of mine is in Winterset now, having driven all the way from Western PA to attend the annual birthday celebration. It’s a really big deal.
A great American patriot. Bet he and Ronaldus Magnus always get together in Heaven—with Bill Buckley—to celebrate each others’ birthdays.
Thank you so much for posting this. Two weeks ago a freeper posted a comment that said: What would John Wayne think of today’s world? This led to so many freepers hating on the Duke. I was the only one (with one or two exceptions) to praise his courage, talent and political history. It was one of the most depressing days in my many years on FR. (You can check my posts to find out what went on that day.)
God bless you and the Duke.
R. Lee Ermey and John Wayne Coors Light Beer Commercial
I started to watch "Red River" last evening... will finish watching this evening.
I wish movies these days were not so PC... director/producer Howard Hawkes' is spot on in the movie... showing John Wayne kicking a$$ and taking names.
We’d have voted him in as President.
RIP John Wayne. You were, are and always will be an American hero.
Just the other night I was in need of a Duke fix so I watched “True Grit”. Great movie. Maybe I will watch me some “Big Jake” tonight. Or “The Man Who Shot Liberty VAlence”.
Happy Birthday Duke. May God be with you.
They don’t make Americans like him anymore. Wish they did.
He wouldn’t keep his mouth shut about the liberal pukes ruining this country. He’d kick the a$$es of the liberals in hollyweird too.
I live in Des Moines about 30 miles from Winterset. I might have to make the drive down for his birthday.
Cool! My birthday too =)
grew 4* read3yn,
All thosae FR folks who were ripping the Duke to you should be forever banished from FR.
Media and leftists are trying to redesign man into their godless image where they pervert the very nature of man. Their ideal: Bareback Mountain and a reincarnation of Alexander the Great and homosexual Greece where pederasty was normal and woman are just second class citizens. (So romantic!)
John Wayne, as portrayed in many movies, underscored God’s design and the difference between men and woman (which is profound). Of course, leftists want to obscure and erase differences, so men and women are interchangeable and therefore, they can then advocate the irrational idea of gay marriage and the lie that there is no differences between homosexual marriage and heterosexual marriage.
That idea was scoffed at by all sane people in Wayne’s day. Hmmmm—what has changed the worldview???? Constant propaganda in the schools and universities and media and PC culture which allows no debate and censors ideas that go against their Marxist ideology. No truth allowed in the public square.
Born in my dad’s hometown, the Duke weighed 14 lbs at birth. How would you like to give birth to that?
Any one who disparages John Wayne does not, in my view, have the conservative view of Freepers. He represents and underscores the Founding principles of the US—Freedom in line with the laws of nature and God’s Laws.
He represents reason and sanity, common sense and virtue. He is a perfect example of what God had in mind when he designed man.
whoops.... when *He* designed man.
John Wayne always said “Red River” was his best movie. I know he kept the Red River “D” as his own personal brand. Also wore that on his belt buckle.
I thought it was also a very good movie tho Wayne was sort of mean in part of it.
I am Duke Wayne’s must admiring fan! God bless this great American!
Wayne detractors I feel do not understand the man at all.
Happy Birthday! The Duke, you and I share one, pilgrim.
Stagecoach and The Quiet Man are two of my favorite movies (very different movies, I know). I’ll have to watch one of them tonight in his honor.
Thanks so much for your remarks. If you have the time, please go my posts and read what was said about John Wayne. I was so upset I nearly quit FR. It was soooo depressing and everyone got on my case. They said I was “in love” with John Wayne and “obsessed” with him because I defended him. They said he was a coward, afraid of horses, a bad actor, I can’t even remember the awful things that were said. And, yes, by our fellow freepers. I really felt old and out of it, lol!
Hey, Pilgrim! It must be something to share the same birthday with the Duke!
There’s so many to choose from: I love Rio Bravo - Howard Hawk’s answer to High Noon. Great performances by all involved including the pretty song My Rifle, My Pony and Me.
I feel like watching True Grit again.
“The Quiet Man” is one of my favorites too.
In honor of his birthday, I’ll share his speech from the Alamo:
Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat - the same tightness a man gets when his baby takes his first step or his first baby shaves and makes his first sound as a man. Some words can give you a feeling that makes your heart warm. Republic is one of those words.
Beautiful! I know this scene very well.
I put that amazing zoom close up of Ringo in Stagecoach on my facebook page - daring my liberal friends to say anything. So far no one has the courage to take me on (or they are all eating their dinner!)
I got a tip for 'em; stay out of my neighborhood. Long live The Duke.
Seems to me that for the most part, not all, but for the most part, the younger generation is more feminine than the prior generation. They simply don’t understand masculinity enough to appreciate John Wayne.
Yes, of course, that is true. But I had one older woman who insisted that because her husband was a “real” cowboy, John Wayne was nothing but a lousy actor who deserved no respect from the American people. She said he was afraid of horses (a ridiculous assumption!) and appeared to have no idea of his body of work or his support of our Vets. A very strange, depressing day but made better by you guys, lol!
Happily, I accused all of those haters that their favorite Western must be “Brokeback Mountain.” That didn’t go down well, either!
“Happily, I accused all of those haters that their favorite Western must be Brokeback Mountain.”
“...he was the bravest man of allllll....”
The religious undertones are very poignant.
I agree. Also, is where you live not far from the Alabama Hills - where they filmed many Westerns.
That settles it. Liberty Valence next.
And don’t forget that incredible one, The Quiet Man, with the incredible Maureen O’hara. Hilarious, touching, dramatic and thought provoking through and through.
Speaking of Rio Bravo have you noticed how often the Duke’s movies had pop singers as semi-major characters: Ricky Nelson, Fabian, Glen Campbell? Roles later frequently played by one of his sons.
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