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January 03, 2011

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Vivian

I was unclear. It's not Wayne's movie-starrish acting style to which I object. It's his character's (Colonel Yorke's)lack of strategic skills: so his fort is unprepared for a predictable guerilla attack, and then, compounding the incompetence, he sends a lightly-guarded convoy of women and children through hostile territory. He's a dope, militarily. But I agree that it's difficult to see Wayne without being reminded of his JEdgarHoover-y HUAC flagwaving anticommunism.

Otis J. Brown

Maureen O’Hara’s scenes existed solely to give us time to rush to the candy counter for fresh supplies of Goobers, Raisinettes, and Jujubes.

My view of John Wayne is the opposite of yours. I used to find him a rigid incompetent dope (a view undoubtedly colored by his mean-spirited political opinions). Now I find him an immensely heroic figure, an artist who deeply understood the art of acting in front of a movie camera. I agree with Katharine Hepburn, who said of him: "As an actor he has an extraordinary gift. A unique naturalness. A very subtle capacity to think and express and caress the camera - the audience.”

We recently rewatched Wayne’s 1968 “True Grit” and enjoyed it immensely. His Oscar was richly deserved.

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