Monday, January 19, 2015

American Titan: Searching For John Wayne By Marc Eliot

Judging by how fast she ripped through it — and by how much of it she read aloud to me — Katie-Bar-The-Door gives two thumbs-up to Marc Eliot's recently-published biography of the Duke, American Titan: Searching for John Wayne.

Criminally-underrated in his lifetime, many classic film fans have come to see that Wayne was actually one of the greatest actors in movie history. Why just last week, Entertainment Weekly included his turn as Ethan Edwards in The Searchers as one of the biggest Oscar snubs of all-time. He'd win my alternate Oscar for that one.

What about you? Do you think John Wayne should have won as Oscar? If so, for which performance? Here are some choices:

Have at it.

8 comments:

Katie said...

I want to choose "all of the above."

mister muleboy said...

Rio Bravo is one of my all-time faves. All times! And The Quiet Man (which Michele and I streamed just last week) ain't far behind. Nevertheless, I had to go with The Searchers. It seems I'm not alone in appreciating the man's work in that.

I dug that poll.

Maggie Jean said...

'The Quiet Man,' and 'The Searchers.'

Maggie Jean said...

I'm not a robot.

Bellotoot said...

I too cast my ballot for "The Searchers," not to disparage the other listed Wayne performances.

Wayne was a hugely successful actor who was not thought of as an actor. So I guess he was pretty good.

mister muleboy said...

Last night, watching Seven Samurai, I turned to the missus and said I think he's the John Wayne character. . .

mister muleboy said...

Clarification:

"Last night, watching the first half of Seven Samurai. . . ."

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Now high in the Whoamusanyway Field Guide to Brilliant Yet Hilarious Clarifications ... Mister Muleboy His Own Self, seen here, from the side