Label: Readers Digest Audio Services
Country: United States
Format: February 1972
Release Date: 33rpm “Flexi-Disc”
Hosted by Ronny Graham, this February 1972 interview with John Wayne is on a 7 ¾”, 33rpm, dual sided “flexi-disc.” It is a “Reader’s Digest Educational Edition,” which was mailed out to schools in an effort to keep high school level students up to speed with the current popular culture.
Side One: The Making of The Godfather, Host Ronny Grant narrates this feature analyzing some serious social aspects of the Francis Ford Coppola film adaptation of Mario Puzo's novel. Star James Caan (Sonny Corleone) is interviewed by telephone, as are Nat Marcone of the Italian American Civil Rights League and Al Ruddy, producer of the film.
Side Two: Talking with John Wayne, Ronny Grant interviews Hollywood immortal "Duke" Wayne on the set of his newest film, The Cowboys. The interview opens with a brief musical excerpt of Glen Campbell singing the theme from Wayne's earlier True Grit, and a section of dialog from that film between Wayne and co-star Kim Darby is played within the interview. Graham asks Wayne to weigh in on many topics: kids (in general and his own), student protests, the teen drug problem, violence in the movies (illusion vs. realism), and the interpretation of "liberalism" by the media. Wayne also responds to his recent naming in a Reader's Digest poll as one of the four most admired men in America.