I remember when I was a young whippersnapper and I always poo-pooed John Wayne as an actor. I can distinctly recall saying that he never could act, but just played himself over and over again.
The ignorance of youth.
Somewhere along the line I learned better.
I believe it was when I first saw Red River. Or was it the Cowboys? Or maybe the Quiet Man.
Just today, we watched the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and once again, I'm blown away. There is no denying that this man had the chops. Granted, he played many similar roles. But maybe that's just because he had what it took to pull these off, a stature and gravitas that just owns the movie screen.
So, if, like me, you've dismissed John Wayne as a one trick pony, may I suggest that you take a look at
These are all exceptional films, and ones in which John Wayne truly shines.
Off my soapbox (for a while at least).