John Wayne's senior photo in the 1925 yearbook from Glendale High when he was known as Marion Morrison. (Courtesy of Glendale High / January 17, 2014)
In honor of one of the most famous icons who has ever lived in the city, Glendale High School will change the name of its auditorium to the John Wayne Performing Arts Center, after the legendary actor who is not otherwise recognized in the city where he came of age.
Before he took on his stage name, Marion Morrison attended what was then Glendale’s only high school, then called Glendale Union High School.
The future western film star played on the school’s football team, served as class president during his senior year and acted in school productions before graduating in 1925.
Glendale Unified officials announced this week they have received permission from John Wayne Enterprises to use the actor’s name for the school’s performing arts center.
“This is something we’ve been talking about for years,” said Glendale school board member Greg Krikorian.
Well Friends, it has been a while since I posted anything here, so I figured I probably ought to post something! In case you haven't heard, I have been working diligently on re-doing and updating the filmography (yes, there are additions!). While in the midst of this project, my computer crashed and burned. Oh well, life happens. I am now back up and running on an older desktop system for the foreseeable future. It is better than nothing, so I can't really complain. At any rate, here is a cool little piece of publicity advertising for John Wayne's movie, Circus World! Enjoy!
The fine folks at BluRay.com posted this yesterday:
Howard Hawks' Red River Officially Announced
Posted September 24, 2013 03:58 PM by Webmaster
Eureka Entertainment British distributors Eureka Entertainment have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Howard Hawks' Red River (1948), starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, and Walter Brennan. The release will be available for purchase on October 28th.
One of Hollywood's most iconic westerns, Howard Hawks' Red River launches cinema's grandest cattle drive, and one of the screen's most powerful father-son dramas. One of John Wayne's most intense roles inspired one of his finest performances, and in his debut leading role, Montgomery Clift instantly leapt to the forefront of Hollywood's young actors.
After the Civil War, ranch owner Thomas Dunson (Wayne) leads a drive of ten thousand cattle out of an impoverished Texas to the richer markets of Missouri, alongside his adopted son Matthew Garth (Clift) and a team of ranch hands. As the conditions worsen, and Dunson's control over his cattlemen gets ever more merciless, a rebellion begins to grow within the traveling party.
Filmed among glorious expanses with no expense spared, and a roster of brilliant turns from greats including Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, Harry Carey, John Ireland and Hank Worden, Red River is an all-American epic, a grand adventure yarn, and a profound psychological journey.
- New high-definition 1080p presentation
-Original theatrical trailer
-Exclusive lengthy video conversation about Red River and Howard Hawks by filmmaker and critic Dan Sallitt, conducted by Jaime Christley, and shot by Dustin Guy Defa and James P. Gannon
-And more to be announced
-A booklet featuring the words of Howard Hawks, rare imagery, and more!
For more information, click here: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Red-River-Blu-ray/56981/
I should also point out that there is a rumor that Criterion may soon be releasing Red River here in the States. Click here for more information: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Red-River-Blu-ray/56981/
Well, at least one of them is. During the nine years they lived in Glendale, the Morrison family lived in eight different houses. The one for sale is located at 404 North Isabel Street in Glendale. The house was built in 1914, and it was purchased by Duke’s father, Clyde Morrison, in 1918. It is believed to be the only home ever purchased by Clyde (all their other homes were rentals). Unfortunately, Clyde lost the home the same year he purchased it – 1918. Duke was 11 years old at the time.
After moving out of 404 N. Isabel, the family moved into a small apartment located above the Glendale Pharmacy, where Clyde worked. Duke worked delivering prescriptions for Clyde and on Saturday’s he worked at the Palace Grand Theater, which had opened its doors in 1914, the same year their home had been built.
404 N. Isabel is now on the market, and can be purchased for a mere $599,000. Of course, it has been completely remodeled since Duke lived there, and he likely would not recognize the place. It was originally a three-bedroom, one-bath home. In 1947 an addition was built that added two more bedrooms and a second bath. It is being listed as a duplex. The listing reads as follows:
“Astonishing craftsman duplex in the heart of Glendale. The front house has been completely remodeled including a new kitchen, restrooms and flooring. The back house is approximately 720 sq ft 2+1. Must come to see. John Wayne's Childhood home. Open house Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th 12:00 to 4:00pm.”
Unfortunately, the open house is over (I would have liked to just walk through the house and imagine Duke living there!), but I would expect a realtor would be happy to show any “perspective buyers” around the place. And probably wouldn’t object to any photos being taken of John Wayne’s boyhood home. And I hope I am not being too subtle – hint – hint! (Just kidding!)
The complete listing can be read here: http://www.redfin.com/CA/Glendale/404-N-Isabel-St-91206/home/7159335
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I was wandering around the virtual aisles of that massive online super store - eBay, taking a look at all the different John Wayne related items that were up for sale and auction. I came across this T-shirt and it brought up a chuckle almost immediately! The image in the picture at the left is the image on the T-shirt. I think I may need one of these before winter is through! If you would like to see more about this T-shirt, click here.
From the ClassixFlix Blog:
by David Greenstreet
Of the many Republic titles recently licensed by Olive films, none has sparked more interest than John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952). This is primarily due to the lackluster quality of the DVD released ten years ago, and knowing that Olive has pledged to "get it right" regarding their restoration.
Well, it's now official. The Quiet Man has been announced with a street date of January 22nd on both standard DVD and Blu.
The Blu-Ray will have a special pre-order price of $17.98 until Thursday November 1st. Don't miss this special! Bonus features are below.
Newly re-mastered and restored in 2012 with a 4K HD transfer, John Ford’s The Quiet Man celebrates one of Hollywood’s most romantic and enduring epics. The first American feature to be filmed in Ireland’s picturesque countryside… Ford richly imbued this masterpiece with his love of Ireland and its people.
Sean Thornton (John Wayne) in an American boxer who swears off fighting after he accidentally kills an opponent in the ring. Returning to the Irish town of his youth, he purchases the home of his birth and finds happiness when he falls in love with the fiery Mary Kate (Maureen O’Hara). But her insistence that Sean conduct his courtship in a proper Irish manner with matchmaker Barry Fitzgerald along for the ride as “chaperone” is but one obstacle to their future happiness: the other is her brother (Victor McLaglen), who spitefully refuses to give his consent to their marriage, or to honor the tradition of paying a dowry to the husband.
Sean could care less about dowries, he would’ve punched out the bullying McLaglen long ago if he hadn’t sworn off fighting. But when Mary Kate accuses him of being a coward and walks out on him, Sean is finally ready to take matters into his own hands, the resulting fistfight erupts into the longest brawl ever filmed, followed by one of the most memorable reconciliations in movie history! The Quiet Man won a total of two Academy Awards including Best Director (Ford) and Best Cinematography and received five more nomination including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (McLaglen).
Click here for more information, and to place your pre-order for this long awaited release!
From the Movies Unlimited Blog:
John Wayne’s Back in the Saddle
10.24.12 | Irv Slifkin
John Wayne rides again in a series of DVD releases of his work for Monogram Pictures made between 1933 and 1935. The early works of the legendary actor have been available on DVD from different sources over the years because they have fallen into the public domain (aka PD). But these DVDs being offered by Movies Unlimited are issued in newly copyrighted, digitally mastered and restored fine quality DVDs transferred from the original 35MM nitrate negative material.
Each movie in the series is presented with original music themes added by noted musician Billy Barber, who also wrote The Oak Ridge Boys’ hit “Little Things” and Ray Charles’ “Love is Worth the Pain.” Billy supervised the weaving of the new themes throughout the upgraded soundtracks.
In these popular “B” westerns, you can witness “The Duke” in his formative years, perfecting his famous walk, heroic persona, trademark speech pattern and acting style. The films were produced cheaply by Paul Malvern as part of his Lone Star Productions released through Monogram Pictures and also showcase frequent sidekick George “Gabby” Hayes and/or stunt expert Yakima Canutt, typically cast as a bad guy.
The films include:
Sagebrush Trail (1933): “The Duke” skips prison after being wrongly imprisoned for murder, then joins a gang of outlaws in hopes to finding the real guilty man.
The Lucky Texan (1934): Easterner Wayne heads west to join forces with “Gabby” Hayes in a mining operation that is terrorized by claim jumpers.
The Man from Utah (1934): Deputy Wayne has to enter the rodeo in order to expose a gang using dirty tricks at the meet.
‘Neath the Arizona Skies (1934): John attempts to save a Native-American girl who has been kidnapped by meanies out to nab the oil-rich land of which she’s an heir.
Randy Rides Alone (1934): “The Duke” is tops as a lawman who goes undercover to target the rats robbing an express service.
The Trail Beyond (1934): Wayne goes out on a dangerous mission in the Northwest to find a missing girl and a gold mine that seems impossible to locate.
West of the Divide (1934): Our Man John goes back to his boyhood abode to track down his father’s murderer and his own missing brother.
The Lawless Frontier (1935): Wayne is in hot pursuit of his parents’ murderers and, after rescuing a prospector and his granddaughter, believes the killer is a Mexican bandit. But is it?
Paradise Canyon (1935): G-man John Wayne tries to halt counterfeiters working out of a cave headquarters near the Mexican border.
Texas Terror (1935): Sheriff Wayne puts his lawman responsibilities on hold in favor of panning for gold after he believes he killed a companion. Eventually he learns a secret from the late man’s sister.
While filmed on meager budgets, each film features fast-paced action, impressive stuntwork (most of it choreographed by the great Canutt) and John Wayne at his most heroic. They were directed and written by the prolific Robert N. Bradbury, the father of cowboy screen star Bob Steele, whose career dated back to the silent era. Bradbury often helmed movies at Monogram Pictures, one of Hollywood’s “Poverty Row” enterprises specializing in action and adventure efforts done on a low budget.
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A new release of some old favorites is due to be released on November 15, 2012. A compilation CD containing the soundtracks from Rio Grande, The Quiet Man and The Sun Shines Bright is to be released by Disques Cinemusique, a Canadian company that specializes in the re-issuing of long out of print soundtracks and film scores, as well as introducing first time editions of never before published soundtracks.
Subtitled "The Victor Young - John Ford Collaboration," the CD doesn't really contain anything new in the way of never before published music (all three film scores have appeared on LP and or CD in the past), but this is the first time that the soundtrack for The Sun Shines Bright will appear on CD.
The particulars for this CD are:
Label: Disques Cinemusique
Catalog #: DCM 142
Release Date: November 15, 2012
Music composed and conducted by Victor Young
The following is from the Disques Cinemusique website:
Our program gathers three original soundtracks by the phenomenal Victor Young written for John Ford's movies of the early fifties. Two of them are remastered versions while the third one, The Sun Shines Bright, appears for the first time on CD.
While an earlier DCM release devoted to Young offered exotic scores (DCM 139 For Whom the Bell Tolls / Golden Earrings / Omar Khayyam), this one has an unmistakable American flavor. Hence, traditional repertoire and popular songs of the era figure prominently in Rio Grande, The Sun Shines Bright and The Quiet Man. In some cases the director himself asked Victor Young to integrate some of these melodies into his orchestral scores.
In addition to the folk tunes, one can find in the overall program Young's tendency towards sweet and catchy melodies, but he also provides the expected bold orchestral rises for the action and suspense scenes. Firmly rooted in the aesthetic of the period, this duality is the core of Victor Young's style, which has long remained a model for composers of the big screen.
Most pieces still generate excitement for today's film music buffs, even without the support of the images. Not only did Young shine as a composer and arranger but he also proved to be an outstanding conductor. This may explain why so few of his scores have been re-recorded by contemporary symphonic orchestras that specialize in the cinematic field. 12-page full color booklet.
1. Main Title 2:15
2. Return From Patrol 1:51
3. Soldiers Fight 1:44
4. I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen 2:33
5. Dispossessed 0:52
6. Cattle Call 1:09
7. Aha, San Antone 0:42
8. Reunion 2:31
9. Indian Raid / Escape 5:02
10. Eerie Canal 0:30
11. Laundresses' Row 0:54
12. Yellow Stripes 0:52
13. My Gal Is Purple 1:30
14. Down by the Glen Side 2:05
15. Footsore Cavalry 0:45
16. Meeting at the Rio Grande 1:16
17. Confederate Dollars and Yankee Gold 1:42
18. Departure for Fort Bliss (The Girl I Left Behind) 0:52
19. Tyree Meets the Wagon Train / Indian Attack 6:33
20. Call Your Volunteers 0:40
21. Nighttime Approach / Rescuing the Children 6:52
22. Coming Home 1:33
23. Dixie - End Title 1:03
THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT:
24. Suite I 4:08
25. Suite II 2:56
26. Suite III 2:52
27. Suite IV 2:43
28. Closing Music 0:27
THE QUIET MAN:
29. Danaher's House 2:21
30. My Mother 2:46
31. The Big Fight 2:41
32. Forlorn (Mary Kate's Lament) 3:05
33. I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen 2:48
34. St. Patrick's Day 2:25
Total Album Time: 74:58
John Wayne: The Legend and the Man - An Exclusive Look Inside the Duke's Archives
An undisputed American icon, John Wayne is recognized the world over for his signature drawl and confident swagger; the ultimate personification of American courage and honor. This fall, John Wayne Enterprises has chosen powerHouse Books to produce the first-ever exclusively authorized photographic record of his life, both on-screen and off. (The featured image is from John Wayne: The Legend and the Man, by John Wayne Enterprises, published by powerHouse Books.)
John Wayne: The Legend and the Man celebrates Duke's life and legacy through film stills and backstage photos and snapshots ranging from his cinematic masterpieces -- True Grit, Rio Grande, Sands of Iwo Jima, The Quiet Man, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Fort Apache, and The Alamo --to a surprising variety of early- career, leading-man films: The Big Trail, Stagecoach, Flying Tigers, They Were Expendable. Also included are a wide selection of fan mail art; family albums, photos from friends and loved ones, and the many treasures gathered over the years in his immense archive (famed film costumes, publicity photos exchanged with costars, telegrams and medals), many of the photos and these personal effects being published for the first time, and all from Duke's personal archive.
Duke was more than just his on-screen persona -- he was known by loved ones for his warmth, charm, charisma, passion, loyalty, and spirit. Through an in-depth exposé of the memorabilia, the private moments, the inner thoughts, and familial memories, John Wayne: The Legend and the Man captures both the man and the myth and furthers the legacy of this giant of American cinema.
"This wonderful collection of photographs gives us John Wayne the figurehead, John Wayne the actor, and John Wayne the human being. It's a rich experience to look through these pages and see where Wayne's three roles converged and diverged.... And in all the photos, you see another,earlier America with different ideas of glamor, beauty, fashion, and behavior, a world that now feels as distant as the renaissance...A movie-made hero...a superstar, one of the very first...an image of manhood...and a great American artist. This book affords us a generous look at John Wayne from every angle."
--Martin Scorsese, from the Introduction
"To the people of the world, John Wayne is the United States of America. He is what they believe it to be. He is what they hope it will be. And he is what they hope it will always be."
"In my acting, I have to identify with something in the character. The big tough boy on the side of right -- that's me. Simple themes. Save me from the nuances. All I do is sincerity, and I've been selling the hell out of that ever since I started."
--John Wayne (Time, June 9, 1967)
John Wayne: The Legend and the Man will be available from most major booksellers in early December.
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