By Nancy Schoenberger
For over 20 years John Ford and John Wayne have been a blockbuster Hollywood staff, turning out some of the best Western motion pictures ever made. Ford, a son of Irish immigrants identified for his black eye patch and for his hard-drinking, brawling masculinity, used to be well known for either his craftsmanship and his brutality. John "Duke" Wayne used to be a trifling stagehand and bit participant in "B" Westerns, yet he was once strapping and tremendously good-looking, and Ford observed his strength. In 1939 Ford made Wayne a celeb in Stagecoach, and from there the 2 males validated an in depth, frequently turbulent relationship.
Their most efficient years observed the discharge of 1 iconic movie after one other: Rio Grande, The Quiet guy, The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, the guy Who Shot Liberty Valence. yet through 1960, the bond in their friendship had frayed, and Wayne felt he may possibly flow past his mentor along with his first solo undertaking, The Alamo. Few of Wayne's following motion pictures could have the brilliance or the cachet of a John Ford Western yet, taken jointly, the careers of those males replaced motion picture making in ways in which suffer to this present day. regardless of the decline of the Western in modern cinema, its cultural legacy, relatively the kind of hero codified by way of Ford and Wayne—tough, self-reliant, and unafraid to struggle but in addition honorable, reliable, and kind—resonates in every thing from Star Wars to trendy superhero franchises.
Drawing on formerly untapped caches of letters and private records, Nancy Schoenberger dramatically narrates a classy, poignant, and iconic friendship, and the lasting legacy of that comradeship on American culture.
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