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John Wayne vol.2 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 100

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A Chronology of John Wayne Movie Posters vol.2 1940-1959.

John Wayne (1907-1979) was born 'Marion Morrison' in Winterset, Iowa.

The Hollywood legend appeared in 50 movies between 1940 and 1959, this hub showcases poster art from 34 of them.

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Dark Command (1940)

Dark Command (1940)

Dark Command (1940) Directed by Raoul Walsh. 94mins.

Claire Trevor - Mary McCloud
John Wayne - Bob Seton
Walter Pidgeon - William 'Will' Cantrell
Roy Rogers - Fletch McCloud

Also starring George 'Gabby' Hayes, Porter Hall and Marjorie Main.

Based on the novel by W.R. Burnett, published in 1938.

John Wayne's first starring role was in The Big Trail (1930) directed by Raoul Walsh, Dark Command was the only other film the two would work together on.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Music (Victor Young) and Best Art Direction.

Tagline - A drama of undying love

IMDB rating 6.8

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The Long Voyage Home (1940)

The Long Voyage Home (1940)

The Long Voyage Home (1940) Directed by John Ford. 105mins.

John Wayne - Olsen
Thomas Mitchell - Driscoll
Ian Hunter - Smitty

Also starring Barry Fitzgerald, Wilfrid Lawson, Mildred Natwick and Ward Bond.

Based on the play by Eugene O' Neill

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Nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

Tagline - John Ford's epic of savage emotions!

IMDB rating 7.0

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Seven Sinners (1940) Belgian poster

Seven Sinners (1940) Belgian poster

Seven Sinners (1940) Directed by Tay Garnett. 87mins.

Marlene Dietrich - Bijou
John Wayne - Dan

Also starring Albert Dekker, Broderick Crawford, Anna Lee, Mischa Auer and Oskar Homolka.

Romantic drama set in the South Seas.

The first of three films pairing Marlene Dietrich with John Wayne.

UK title - Cafe of the Seven Sinners.

Tagline - She's Dynamite...Tearing Through A Lawless Pacific Paradise!

IMDB rating 6.8

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Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

Reap the Wild Wind (1942) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 123mins.

Ray Milland - Stephen Tolliver
John Wayne - Capt. Jack Stuart
Paulette Goddard - Loxi Claiborne

Also starring Raymond Massey, Robert Preston, Susan Hayward and Charles Bickford.

Adventure based on a story by Thelma Strabel, published in 1940.

The first of only 9 films starring or co-starring John Wayne in which he dies by the end of the movie.

When the film was re-released in 1954 Wayne was given top billing.

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 1 - Best Special Effects.

Tagline - Cecil B. DeMille's Greatest Triumph Out-Thrills All Other Screen Spectacles!

IMDB rating 6.7

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Flying Tigers (1942)

Flying Tigers (1942)

Flying Tigers (1942) Directed by David Miller. 102mins.

John Wayne - Capt. Jim Gordon
John Carroll - Woody Jason
Anna Lee - Brooke Elliott

Also starring Paul Kelly, Gordon Jones and Mae Clarke.

WWII War in the Pacific.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Music (Victor Young), Best Sound Recording and Best Special Effects.

Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor helped make Flying Tigers one of the bggest hits of 1942.

Tagline - SEE These Sky-Devils Avenge Pearl Harbor and Strike Terror on Tokyo!

IMDB rating 6.7

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In Old Oklahoma (1943)

In Old Oklahoma (1943)


In Old Oklahoma (1943) Directed by Albert S. Rogell. 102mins.

John Wayne - Daniel F. Somers
Martha Scott - Catherine Elizabeth Allen
Albert Dekker - Jim 'Hunk' Gardner

Also starring George 'Gabby' Hayes, Marjorie Rambeau and Dale Evans.

The only film in which Wayne plays a pharmacist ( Wayne's father was actually a licensed pharmacist).

Working title - Gold Runs the River.

IMDB rating 6.2

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The Fighting Seabees (1944) Belgian poster

The Fighting Seabees (1944) Belgian poster

The Fighting Seabees (1944) Directed by Edward Ludwig. 100mins.

John Wayne ... Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan
Susan Hayward ... Constance Chesley

Also starring Dennis O'Keefe, William Frawley, Leonid Kinskey & Paul Fix

The US Navy's Construction Battalions Division is nicknamed the "Seabees" and their motto is "We Build, We Fight".

The film is dedicated to the "Civil Engineer Corps and the Construction Battalions - the Seabees of the United States Navy who have fired the imagination of the world with their colorful exploits throughout the Seven Seas."

Oscar nomination for Best Music Scoring.

Tagline - The thrilling story of America's supermen!

IMDB rating 6.3

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Flame of Barbary Coast (1945) Italian poster

Flame of Barbary Coast (1945) Italian poster

Flame of Barbary Coast (1945) Directed by Joseph Kane. 91mins.

John Wayne - Duke Fergus
Ann Dvorak - Ann 'Flaxen' Tarry

Also starring Joseph Schildkraut, William Frawley, Virginia Grey and Russell Hicks.

UK title - Flame of the Barbary Coast

Adventure set in San Francisco 1906, ending with the great earthquake which levelled the city.

Oscar nominations for Best Music Scoring and Best Sound Recording.

Tagline - The brawling, colorful story of the queen of hearts and the ace of gamblers... with a shock climax such as the screen has never known!

IMDB rating 6.1

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Back to Bataan (1945)

Back to Bataan (1945)

Back to Bataan (1945) Directed by Edward Dmytryk. 95mins.

John Wayne - Col. Joseph Madden
Anthony Quinn - Capt. Andres Bonifacio

Also starring Beulah Bondi, Fely Franquelli, Richard Loo and Lawrence Tierney

Working title - The Invisible Army

Based on real events - WWII 1942 The US Army versus the Japanese in the Philippines.

Tagline - The Story of the "Invisible Army of the Philippines"

IMDB rating 6.5

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They Were Expendable (1945)

They Were Expendable (1945)

They Were Expendable (1945) Directed by John Ford. 135mins.

Robert Montgomery - Lt. John Brickley
John Wayne - Lt. J.G. 'Rusty' Ryan
Donna Reed - Lt. Sandy Davyss

Also starring Jack Holt, Ward Bond and Marshall Thompson.

War drama based on the book by William Lindsay White, published in 1942.

Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three defend the Philippines from the Japanese in WWII - December 1941 to April 1942.

Oscar nominations for Best Sound Recording and Best Special Effects.

Tagline - A Spine-Tingling Thundering Saga Of The Sea!

IMDB rating 7.2

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Angel and the Badman (1947)

Angel and the Badman (1947)

Angel and the Badman (1947) Directed by James Edward Grant. 100mins.

John Wayne - Quirt Evans
Gail Russell - Penelope Worth

Also starring Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot, Irene Rich and Lee Dixon.

Wayne's first producing credit.

Tagline - He lived only for revenge...She lived only for his love!

IMDB rating 6.7

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Fort Apache (1948) Japanese poster

Fort Apache (1948) Japanese poster

Fort Apache (1948)

Fort Apache (1948)

Fort Apache (1948) Directed by John Ford. 125mins.

John Wayne - Capt. Kirby York
Henry Fonda - Lt. Col. Owen Thursday

Also starring Shirley Temple, John Agar, Ward Bond, Pedro Armendariz and Victor McLaglen.

Loosely based on the story "Massacre" by James Warner Bellah.

First entry in John Ford's acclaimed "cavalry trilogy", followed by She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950).

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Western.

Tagline - John Ford's Masterpiece of the Frontier!

IMDB rating 7.6

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Red River (1948) Belgian poster

Red River (1948) Belgian poster

Red River (1948)

Red River (1948)

Red River (1948) Directed by Howard Hawks. 133mins.

John Wayne - Thomas Dunson
Montgomery Clift - Matt Garth
Joanne Dru - Tess Millay
Walter Brennan - Nadine Groot
John Ireland - Cherry Valance

Also starring Coleen Gray, Noah Beery, Harry Carey & Harry Carey Jr.

One of the all time best westerns.

Based on the story "Blazing Guns on the Chisholm Trail" by Borden Chase.

Red River cost $3m to produce and was one of the biggest hits of the year grossing $9m in America alone.

John Ford saw the film and was especially impressed with Wayne's performance as Tom Dunson, Ford reportedly said "I didn't know the big son of a b!tch could act!"

Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 1990.

Tagline - In 25 Years, Only Three! "The Covered Wagon", "Cimarron" and now Howard Hawks' "Red River"

IMDB rating 7.8

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3 Godfathers (1948)

3 Godfathers (1948)


3 Godfathers (1948) Directed by John Ford. 106mins.

John Wayne - Robert Marmaduke Hightower
Pedro Armendáriz - Pedro Roca Fuerte
Harry Carey Jr. - William Kearney

Also starring Ward Bond, Mildred Natwick and Jane Darwell.

Western based on the novelette by Peter B. Kyne.

Tagline - John Ford's Legend of the Southwest!

IMDB rating 7.0

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Wake of the Red Witch (1948)

Wake of the Red Witch (1948)

Wake of the Red Witch (1948) Directed by Edward Ludwig. 106mins.

John Wayne - Capt. Ralls
Gail Russell - Angelique Desaix

Also starring Gig Young, Adele Mara, Luther Adler and Henry Daniell.

Sea drama based on the novel of the same name by Garland Roark, published in 1946.

The second film showing Wayne wrestling with a giant squid, Reap the Wild Wind (1942) was the first, Wayne survives this encounter.

Tagline - Romance! Adventure!...as wild as the RAGING SEAS!

IMDB rating 6.6

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The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) Directed by George Waggner. 100mins.

John Wayne - John Breen
Vera Ralston - Fleurette De Marchand

Also starring Philip Dorn, Oliver Hardy, Marie Windsor and John Howard.

Western adventure chiefly notable for the appearance of comedy legend Oliver Hardy as Wayne's sidekick, one of the few films he made without Stan Laurel.

Tagline - Rougher, Tougher, More Romantic That Ever!

IMDB rating 6.2

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) Directed by John Ford. 103mins.

John Wayne - Capt. Nathan Brittles
Joanne Dru - Olivia Dandridge
John Agar - Lt. Flint Cohill

Also starring Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr, Victor McLaglen and Mildred Natwick.

Classic western in glorious Technicolor and the 2nd film in John Ford's 'cavalry trilogy'.

Based on a story by James Warner Bellah.

One of the biggest hits of the year.

Oscar winner for Best Cinematography.

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Western

Tagline - John Ford's New and Finest Picture of the Fighting Cavalry!

IMDB rating 7.3

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Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) Directed by Allan Dwan. 100mins.

John Wayne - Sgt. John M. Stryker

Also starring John Agar, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker, Wally Cassell and James Brown.

Popular war movie - USA vs Japan in the battle for Iwo Jima.

Recreates the iconic image of US Marines raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi.

Kirk Douglas was considered for the lead role.

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Screenplay, Best Actor (John Wayne), Best Film Editing and Best Sound Recording.

Tagline - A great human story... makes a mighty motion picture.

IMDB rating 7.1

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Rio Grande (1950) Spanish poster

Rio Grande (1950) Spanish poster

Rio Grande (1950)

Rio Grande (1950)

Rio Grande (1950) Directed by John Ford. 105mins.

John Wayne - Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke
Maureen O'Hara - Mrs. Kathleen Yorke

Also starring Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman, Harry Carey Jr & Chill Wills

Western based on the short story "Mission with no Record" by James Warner Bellah, published in 1947.

Third and last movie in John Fords 'cavalry trilogy'.

Maureen O'Hara's first of five films with Wayne.

Patrick Wayne's film debut.

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Western

Tagline - The Breathtaking Saga of the United States Cavalry!

IMDB rating 7.2

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Operation Pacific (1951)

Operation Pacific (1951)

Operation Pacific (1951) Directed by George Waggner. 111mins.

John Wayne - Lt Cmdr. Duke Gifford
Patricia Neal - Lt. Mary Stuart

Also starring Ward Bond, Scott Forbes, Philip Carey and William Campbell.

WWII Submarine drama.

Wayne wasn't happy with the film complaining that it had too much romance for a war movie.

Tagline - Up from the Floor of the Sea to a High Mark in Excitement!

IMDB rating 6.5

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Flying Leathernecks (1951) Belgian poster

Flying Leathernecks (1951) Belgian poster

Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Flying Leathernecks (1951) Directed by Nicholas Ray. 102mins.

John Wayne - Maj. Daniel Kirby
Robert Ryan - Capt. Carl Griffin

Also starring Don Taylor, Janis Carter, Jay C. Flippen and William Harrigan.

More WWII action, this time US Marines battle the Japanese at Guadalcanal.

"Leathernecks" is a slang term for the US Marine Corps.

Tagline - Air-Devils of the Sky!

IMDB rating 6.2

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The Quiet Man (1952) Belgian poster

The Quiet Man (1952) Belgian poster

The Quiet Man (1952) Directed by John Ford. 129mins.

John Wayne - Sean Thornton
Maureen O'Hara - Mary Kate Danaher

Also starring Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen and Mildred Natwick.

Classic romantic comedy based on a story by Maurice Walsh, published in 1933.

Taking a break from war films and westerns John Wayne plays an ex-heavyweight boxer who travels to Ireland to reclaim his family's farm. Naturally he falls in love with fiery red-head Maureen O'Hara...

One of the top 10 box office hits of 1952

Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Victor McLaglen), winning 2 - Best Director and Best Cinematography.

DGA Winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

WGA Winner for Best Written American Comedy

Tagline - Action...Excitement...Romance...Fill the Screen.

IMDB rating 7.9

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Hondo (1953) Italian poster

Hondo (1953) Italian poster

Hondo (1953) Directed by John Farrow. 83mins.

John Wayne - Hondo Lane
Geraldine Page - Angie Lowe

Also starring Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness and Paul Fix.

Based on the story "The Gift of Cochise" by Louis L 'Amour, published in 1952.

Another iconic role for John Wayne.

Katharine Hepburn was considered for the female lead.

Filmed in 3D and WarnerColor.

The film was remastered, restored and released on DVD in 2005.

Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Geraldine Page).

Tagline - ...they called him 'HONDO'.

IMDB rating 7.1

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