John Wayne

Author: Richard D. McGhee
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476628246
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After the death of Marion Morrison, known as John Wayne, in 1979, President Jimmy Carter said that Wayne "was bigger than life. In an age of few heroes, he was the genuine article. But he was more than a hero; he was a symbol of many of the qualities that made America great." The first section of this study concentrates on Wayne's style of work and sphere of action as an actor: The man who works for a living and is concerned with his audience and the constraints of his immediate environment. The second section examines the artist: the man who lives in his art, who disappears into his character as an archetype of human fears and desires. Analyses of films that have made Wayne a hero are presented in the third section. A comprehensive filmography and numerous photographs are included.

Becoming John Wayne

Author: Larry Powell
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476629943
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Exploring the early westerns of John Wayne—from his first starring role in the The Big Trail (1930) to his breakthrough as the Ringo Kid in John Ford’s Stagecoach (1939)—the authors trace his transformation from Marion Mitchell Morrison, movie studio prop man, into John Wayne, a carefully crafted film persona of his own invention that made him world famous. Wayne’s years of training went well beyond honing his acting skill, as he developed the ability to do his own stunts, perfected his technique as a gun handler and became an expert horseman.

Return of the B Science Fiction and Horror Heroes

Author: Tom Weaver
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786407552
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The people who directed, produced, and starred in the scary and fantastic movies of the genre heyday over thirty years ago created memorable experiences as well as memorable movies. This McFarland Classic brings together over fifty interviews with the directors, producers, actors, and make-up artists of science fiction and horror films of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. From B movies to classics, Samuel Z. Arkoff to Acquanetta, these veteran vampire baits, swamp monsters, and flying saucers attackees share their memories. This classic volume represents the union of two previous volumes: Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers ("more fun than the lovably cheap movies that inspired it"--Booklist/RBB); and Science Fiction Stars and Horror Heroes ("candid...a must" --ARBA). Together at last, this combined collection of interviews offers a candid and delightful perspective on the movies that still make audiences squeal with fear, and occasionally, howl with laughter.

Last of the Cowboy Heroes

Author: Robert Nott
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786422610
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In the world of Western films, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Audie Murphy have frequently been overlooked. This account of these three Western stars' careers provides both their stories and the story of a Hollywood whose attitude toward the Western was in a time of transition and transformation.

Duke We re Glad We Knew You

Author: Herb Fagen
Publisher: Citadel Press
ISBN: 9780806520568
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Duke, We're Glad We Knew You presents an oral biography of John Wayne through the anecdotes and observations of those who knew and loved the star throughout his long career. The stories come from folks who worked, gambled, drank, and fought with him and who all miss him dearly. Drawing on hundreds of sources, both published and broadcast, Duke, We're Glad We Knew You presents in-depth interviews with these friends and confidants of John Wayne: Lee Aaker, John Agar, Peri Alcaide, Luster Bayless, Budd Boetticher, Harry Carey Jr., Tom Corrigan, Robert Donner, Edward Faulkner, Leo Gordon, Ben Johnson, Burt Kennedy, Jeanette Mazurki Lindner, Michelle Mazurki, Andrew McLaglen, Bill McKinney, Christopher Mitchum, John Mitchum, Nancy Morrison Marshall, Walter Reed, Dean Smith, Robert Totton, Ron Talsky, Marie Windsor, and Yvonne Wood.

True Grit

Author: Charles Portis
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408821524
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There is no knowing what lies in a man's heart. On a trip to buy ponies, Frank Ross is killed by one of his own workers. Tom Chaney shoots him down in the street for a horse, $150 cash, and two Californian gold pieces. Ross's unusually mature and single-minded fourteen-year-old daughter Mattie travels to claim his body, and finds that the authorities are doing nothing to find Chaney. Then she hears of Rooster - a man, she's told, who has grit - and convinces him to join her in a quest into dark, dangerous Indian territory to hunt Chaney down and avenge her father's murder.

The Myth of the American Superhero

Author: John Shelton Lawrence
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802849113
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From the Superman of comic books to Hollywood's big-screen action stars, Americans have long enjoyed a love affair with the superhero. In this engaging volume John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett explore the historical and spiritual roots of the superhero myth and its deleterious effect on Americas democratic vision. Arguing that the superhero is the antidemocratic counterpart of the classical monomyth described by Joseph Campbell, the authors show that the American version of the monomyth derives from tales of redemption. In settings where institutions and elected leaders always fail, the American monomyth offers heroes who combine elements of the selfless servant with the lone, zealous crusader who destroys evil. Taking the law into their own hands, these unelected figures assume total power to rid the community of its enemies, thus comprising a distinctively American form of pop fascism. Drawing widely from books, films, TV programs, video games, and places of superhero worship on the World Wide Web, the authors trace the development of the American superhero during the twentieth century and expose the mythic patterns behind the most successful elements of pop culture. Lawrence and Jewett challenge readers to reconsider the relationship of this myth to traditional religious and social values, and they show how, ultimately, these antidemocratic narratives gain the spiritual loyalties of their audiences, in the process inviting them to join in crusades against evil. Finally, the authors pose this provocative question: Can we take a holiday from democracy in our lives of fantasy and entertainment while preserving our commitment to democratic institutions and waysof life?

The Green Berets

Author: Robin Moore
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312984922
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An action-packed novel--originally published in 1965 and updated to include new role of modern-day Special Forces in the war against terrorism--describes the operations, dangerous missions, and guerrilla warfare tactics of the United States Army Special Forces fighting in the Vietnam War. Reprint.

Three Bad Men

Author: Scott Allen Nollen
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476601607
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These were unique, complex, personal and professional relationships between master director John Ford and his two favorite actors, John Wayne and Ward Bond. The book provides a biography of each and a detailed exploration of Ford’s work as it was intertwined with the lives and work of both Wayne and Bond (whose biography here is the first ever published). The book reveals fascinating accounts of ingenuity, creativity, toil, perseverance, bravery, debauchery, futility, abuse, masochism, mayhem, violence, warfare, open- and closed-mindedness, control and chaos, brilliance and stupidity, rationality and insanity, friendship and a testing of its limits, love and hate—all committed by a “half-genius, half-Irish” cinematic visionary and his two surrogate sons: Three Bad Men.

The Noir Western

Author: David Meuel
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476619743
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Beginning in the mid-1940s, the bleak, brooding mood of film noir began seeping into that most optimistic of film genres, the western. Story lines took on a darker tone and western films adopted classic noir elements of moral ambiguity, complex anti-heroes and explicit violence. The noir western helped set the standard for the darker science fiction, action and superhero films of today, as well as for acclaimed TV series such as HBO's Deadwood and AMC's Breaking Bad. This book covers the stylistic shift in westerns in mid-20th century Hollywood, offering close readings of the first noir westerns, along with revealing portraits of the eccentric and talented directors who brought the films to life.