Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Announcing the John Wayne Blogathon

My fellow blogger Crystal over at In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood is always running star-oriented blogathons.  I bugged her a couple of times to run one of John Wayne, then I decided, well, why the hell don't I just do it myself?  Then I found out Rachel over at Hamlette's Soliloquy is just as big a Duke fan as I am, so we got to talking and agreed to a co-hosting gig.  And here it is:

Announcing the John Wayne Blogathon
Dec 9-11, 2016

"The Duke", as he was affectionately known, was an icon of the silver screen for many years.  Beginning in the early 20's as a stuntman and prop man, Wayne found his way into acting roles.  And gradually over the next 50 years he managed to make himself a household name, including the phenomenal feat of being named the most popular Hollywood star multiple years over that period.  

The IMdB entry for John Wayne lists 178 acting credits, including a few guest star roles on TV, about 20 or 30 uncredited walk-on roles early in his career, but also an astounding 100+ stints as the star or co-star of feature films.  Which leaves us a pretty good pot to draw from for the blogathon.  So we are proposing the following set of rules for the blogathon.

1. Absolutely no duplicates allowed.  At 100+ choices (plus you could talk about his politics or his private life, if you want) there is more than enough opportunity for diversity. 

2.  You can state your choice in the comments below.  First come, first served.  And please note, your humble bloggers have already picked Sands of Iwo Jima (for Hamlette) and a double feature of Stagecoach and The Shootist (for Quiggy)

3.  Snag one of the banners below to put on your own blog with a link back to us so we can have lots of participation.

4,  Write your blog entry.  The dates of the blogathon are December 9-11 and you can choose any one of those three days.

5.  As an added bonus, I (Quiggy), have a copy of a good biography of John Wayne titled: American Titan: Searching for John Wayne by Marc Eliot.  The name of every blogger who submits a blog entry will be thrown into a hat, and one lucky winner will get the book (and location is not a consideration, even if you are in Canada, Europe or Australia).  But you HAVE to follow through and write a blog entry.  No award for signing up but not writing the entry...

The Blog Roll

The Midnite Drive-In: Stagecoach (1939) and The Shootist (1976)
Hamlette's Soliloquy: The Quiet Man (1952)

Caftan Woman:  Island in the Sky (1953)
Christina Wehner:  In Old California (1942)
Coffee, Classics, & Craziness:  The Man Shot Liberty Valance (1962) and The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Crítica Retrô:  Wayne/Ford early collaborations
High Noon:  Rio Bravo (1959) and The Big Trail (1930)
Incidents of a Literary Nature:  Rooster Cogburn  (1975)
In the Good Old days of Hollywood:  Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Love Letters to Old Hollywood:  John Wayne on I Love Lucy (1955)
Movies Meet Their Match:  The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) and True Grit  (1969)
Old Hollywood Films:  She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Phyllis loves Classic Movies: Rio Grande (1950)
Pillow Shots:  The Searchers (1956)
Sidewalk Crossings:  Rio Lobo (1970)
Silver Scenes:  Tall in the Saddle (1944)
Silver Scenes:  The films and relationship of John Wayne with Maureen O'Hara
Silver Screenings:  Operation Pacific  (1951)
Thoughts all Sorts:  The War Wagon (1967) and Big Jake (1971)
The Wonderful World of Cinema:  Dark Command (1940)
Mike's Take On The Movies: Wake of the Red Witch (1948)
4 Star Films: A walk in John Wayne's footsteps


  1. The Duke! Nothing puts a smile on my face like watching John Wayne. Love the guy. Now, what to choose ...

    Got it! I'll go with one of my favourite performances as Capt. Dooley in "Island in the Sky".

  2. Hey, Quiggy! You can count me in. Could I write about John Wayne's early collaborations with John Ford?

    1. Got you added. Thanks for coming aboard, Lê

  3. Ooh! I want in! May I do Operation Pacific (co-starring Patricia Neal)?

    I'm at https://silverscreenings.org/

    Great idea for a blogathon. It's about time!

    1. Silver Screenings, that's my 8-year-old son's favorite movie! And one of mine as well :-)

    2. Our first honest-to-God WWII choice. great!

  4. Ah! My childhood hero! Please may I join with The War Wagon and Big Jake?
    Thoughts All Sorts is my blog at https://thoughtsallsorts.wordpress.com/

    1. War Wagon is a pretty good choice. I saw it and The Train Robbers as a double feature one night a few years ago when I still had a working TV.... Computer screens take a lot out of movies....:-(

    2. I saw The War Wagon as a little girl on a screen in my lounge on Super 8. Just like Big Jake and loads of "old" movies. Was so special.
      Is it ok if I add "Big Jake" too?

    3. Woops - sorry, see you have already put me down for both. Way to early in the morning here...still half asleep. Have a super duper day!

  5. Good idea! I'd like to go with Dark Command :)
    My blog is The Wonderful World of Cinema

  6. Hey, Quiggy, Crystal has changed her mind and wants to write about The Sands of Iwo Jima instead of The Quiet Man, so now I'm changing MY mind and am going to write about The Quiet Man instead of Without Reservations. Got it? Good! ;-)

  7. This sounds great. May I do "The Searchers" or if it has been taken I'd love to do "Red River". My blog is www.pillowshots.wordpress.com

  8. Hello! Just uploaded my post: https://silverscreenings.org/2016/12/08/why-john-wayne-has-to-do-everything-around-here/

    Looking forward to this! :)

    1. Thanks for participating. I got it linked now.


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