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John Wayne vol.3 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 101


A Chronology of John Wayne Movie Posters vol.3 1960-1976.

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

The Hollywood legend appeared in 30 movies between 1960 and 1976, this hub showcases poster art from those films.

The Alamo (1960) Italian poster

The Alamo (1960) Italian poster

The Alamo (1960)

The Alamo (1960)

The Alamo (1960) Directed by John Wayne. 167mins (203mins)

John Wayne - Davy Crockett
Richard Widmark - Jim Bowie
Laurence Harvey - William Travis

Also starring Frankie Avalon, Patrick Wayne, Linda Cristal, Chill Wills and Richard Boone as Gen. Sam Houston

Produced and directed by John Wayne, The Alamo was an expensive epic with spectacular battle scenes, but it was not a big hit, costing $12m the film grossed $7.9m in North America, figures for the worldwide total are unavailable.

Wayne was originally going to take the smaller role of Sam Houston so he could concentrate on directing the film, but he could only get financial backing for the film if he played one of the lead roles.

Wayne and Widmark did not get along during filming, political views and working with a first time director were probably the main reasons.

Charlton Heston turned down the role of Jim Bowie.

Originally over three hours long only a shortened version has been released to DVD so far.

Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Chill Wills) and Best Music (Dimitri Tiomkin), winning 1 - Best Sound.

Golden Globe Winner for Best Music (Dimitri Tiomkin).

Tagline - The Mission That Became a Fortress, The Fortress That Became a Shrine

IMDB rating 6.7

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North to Alaska (1960) French poster

North to Alaska (1960) French poster

North to Alaska (1960) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 122mins.

John Wayne - Sam McCord
Stewart Granger - George Pratt
Capucine - Angel

Also starring Ernie Kovacs, Fabian and Mickey Shaughnessy.

Comedy western based on the play "Birthday Gift" by Ladislas Fodor.

Set during the gold rush in Nome, Alaska, 1900.

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Comedy

Tagline - In all the 50 states you won't find a fun-filled adventure like it!

IMDB rating 6.8

The Comancheros (1961) UK poster

The Comancheros (1961) UK poster

The Comancheros (1961) Directed by Michael Curtiz. 107mins.

John Wayne - Capt. Jake Cutter
Stuart Whitman - Paul Regret

Also starring Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff, Lee Marvin, Michael Ansara and Patrick Wayne.

Based on the novel by Paul Wellman, published in 1952.

Michael Curtiz's last film, the great director died shortly after the film was released.

Wayne's character is referred to as 'Big Jake', which would later be the title of a 1971 western starring Wayne.

IMDB rating 6.7

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Directed by John Ford. 123mins.

John Wayne - Tom Doniphon
James Stewart - Ransom Stoddard

Also starring Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Woody Strode, Strother Martin and Lee Van Cleef.

Classic John Ford western based on a short story by Dorothy M. Johnson, published in 1949.

Stewart had top billing on the posters but Wayne's name appeared first in the film.

Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design.

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 2007.

Tagline - Together for the first time - James Stewart and John Wayne - in the masterpiece of four-time Academy Award winner John Ford

IMDB rating 8.1

Ransom Stoddard: You're not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?
Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

The Longest Day (1962)

The Longest Day (1962)

The Longest Day (1962) Directed by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton & Bernhard Wicki. 178mins.

Richard Beymer - Pvt. Dutch Schultz
Richard Burton - Flying Officer David Campbell
Red Buttons - Pvt. John Steele
Sean Connery - Pvt. Flanagan
Henry Fonda - Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt
Gert Frobe - Sgt. Kaffekanne
Curt Jurgens - Maj. Gen. Gunther Blumentritt
Roddy McDowall - Pvt. Morris
Robert Mitchum - Brig. Gen. Norman Cota
Kenneth More - Capt. Colin Maud
Edmond O'Brien - Gen. Raymond D. Barton
Robert Ryan - Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin
George Segal - U.S. Army Ranger
Rod Steiger - Destroyer Commander
Richard Todd - Maj. John Howard
Robert Wagner - U.S. Army Ranger
Stuart Whitman - Lt. Sheen
John Wayne - Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort

Massive star-packed war movie based on the novel by Cornelius Ryan, first published in 1959 and based on real events - the D-Day landings in Normandy, 6th of June, 1944.

The film was made in Black & White so as to incorporate real WWII footage.

Sean Connery filmed his scenes and than flew to Jamaica to star in the first of a series of films that would make him world famous.

The Longest Day was a major success, costing $10m it went on to gross $50m worldwide.

Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture, winning 2 - Best Cinematography and Best Special Effects.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.

Tagline - This is the day that changed the world... When history held its breath.

IMDB rating 7.8

Hatari! (1962) Belgian poster

Hatari! (1962) Belgian poster

Hatari! (1962) Directed by Howard Hawks. 157mins.

John Wayne - Sean Mercer

Also starring Hardy Krüger, Elsa Martinelli, Red Buttons, Gerard Blain and Bruce Cabot.

Hatari is Swahili for "Danger".

Filmed on location in Tanganyika,

There was no finished script and the plot and dialogue was made up as they went along, making this the most relaxed film in Hawks filmography.

Audiences enjoyed Hatari, making it one of the biggest hits of the year.

Henry Mancini composed an interesting score for the film. The "Baby Elephant Walk" theme was popular at the time.

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.

Tagline - Hatari means Fun! Hatari means Adventure! Hatari means Thrills!

IMDB rating 7.1

How the West Was Won (1962) Belgian poster

How the West Was Won (1962) Belgian poster

How the West Was Won (1962)

How the West Was Won (1962)

How the West Was Won (1962) Directed by Henry Hathway, John Ford & George Marshall. 164mins.

Carroll Baker - Eve Prescott
Walter Brennan - Col. Jeb Hawkins
Lee J. Cobb - Marshal Lou Ramsey
Henry Fonda - Jethro Stuart
Carolyn Jones - Julie Rawlings
Karl Malden - Zebulon Prescott
Raymond Massey - Abraham Lincoln
Gregory Peck - Cleve Van Valen
George Peppard - Zeb Rawlings
Robert Preston - Roger Morgan
Debbie Reynolds - Lilith Prescott
James Stewart - Linus Rawlings
Eli Wallach - Charlie Gant
John Wayne - General Sherman
Richard Widmark - Mike King

Western spectacular and the first non-documentary to be released in the superwide Cinerama process, which used three synchronised movie cameras during filming, one pointing dead center the other two pointing a little to the left and right. the finished film was projected onto a large curved screen.

John Wayne appears in the shortest segment - The Civil War - which was directed by his friend John Ford.

Alfred Newman's theme music is among the most memorable in film history.

Nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Music (Alfred Newman), winning 3 - Best Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 1997.

Tagline - 24 Great Stars In The Mightiest Adventure Ever Filmed!

IMDB rating 7.0

Donovan's Reef (1963)

Donovan's Reef (1963)

Donovan's Reef (1963) Directed by John Ford. 109mins.

John Wayne - Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan
Lee Marvin - Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley

Also starring Elizabeth Allen, Jack Warden, Cesar Romero, Dick Foran and Dorothy Lamour.

Comedy adventure filmed in Kauai, Hawaii and based on a story by Edmund Beloin.

John Wayne's last John Ford movie.

Tagline - Wild, Wayne and Wonderful!

IMDB rating 6.6

McLintock (1963)

McLintock (1963)

McLintock (1963) Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. 127mins.

John Wayne - George Washington McLintock
Maureen O'Hara - Katherine Gilhooley McLintock

Also starring Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills and Yvonne De Carlo.

Comedy western.

The script was novelized by Richard Wormser.

The most famous scene, the brawl in the mud, took a week to shoot. The mud was made of a material called bentonite which had the consistency of chocolate syrup.

McLintock was successful grossing $7.25m in the U.S.

It's the most recent John Wayne film in the public domain and has been released on DVD by various companies.

Tagline - Wallops the daylights out of every western you've ever seen!

IMDB rating 7.0

Circus World (1964)

Circus World (1964)

Circus World (1964) UK title: The Magnificent Showman. Directed by Henry Hathaway. 135mins.

John Wayne - Matt Masters
Claudia Cardinale - Toni Alfredo
Rita Hayworth - Lili Alfredo

Also starring Lloyd Nolan, Richard Conte and John Smith.

Circus drama.

Wayne almost died during the circus fire scene when the burning set collapsed, just missing him.

David Niven was considered for a role in the film.

The film was originally to be directed by Frank Capra but he wasn't happy with the script and left the project.

Nominated for 2 Golden Globes including Best Actress (Rita Hayworth), winning 1 - Best Song.

IMDB rating 6.0

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Directed by George Stevens. 225mins.

Max von Sydow - Jesus
José Ferrer - Herod Antipas
Charlton Heston - John the Baptist
Martin Landau - Caiaphas
David McCallum - Judas Iscariot
Roddy McDowall - Matthew
Dorothy McGuire - The Virgin Mary
Donald Pleasence - The Dark Hermit - Satan
Sidney Poitier - Simon of Cyrene
Claude Rains - King Herod
Telly Savalas - Pontius Pilate
John Wayne - Centurion at crucifixion

Biblical epic - The Story of Jesus.

Director George Stevens decided to make the film in Arizona, Nevada and Utah rather than the Holy Land, he explained why - "I wanted to get an effect of grandeur as a background to Christ, and none of the Holy Land areas shape up with the excitement of the American southwest."

Max von Sydow was unknown to audiences in the US, apart from the few who knew his work with Ingmar Bergman. To compensate Stevens filled the film with famous actors in guest roles, Sidney Poitier for instance, appears for a few seconds to help Jesus with the cross. Spotting the stars helped while away the tedium.

John Wayne's short cameo is perhaps the most talked about, he plays the Centurion standing before Jesus on the cross and his only line was, "Truly this man was the son of God." One of the jokes at the time was that Stevens asked Wayne to say the line with more awe. So on the next take Wayne looks up at the cross and says "Awww, truly this man was the son of God"

Nominated for 5 Oscars - Best Music (Alfred Newman), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 6.3

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) French poster

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) French poster

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 122mins.

John Wayne - John Elder
Dean Martin - Tom Elder

Also starring Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr, Earl Holliman, Paul Fix, George Kennedy and Dennis Hopper.

Big budget western loosely based on real events.

John Sturges was planning to direct the film in 1956 with Alan Ladd starring.

Filmed in Mexico.

Remade and updated as - Four Brothers (2005) starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by John Singleton.

Tagline - From the four winds they came, the four brothers, their eyes smoking and their fingers itching.

IMDB rating 7.1

In Harm's Way (1966) Belgian poster

In Harm's Way (1966) Belgian poster

In Harm's Way (1965) Directed by Otto Preminger. 165mins.

John Wayne - Captain Rockwell Torrey
Kirk Douglas - Commander Paul Eddington

Also starring Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Dana Andrews, Burgess Meredith, Franchot Tone, George Kennedy, Larry Hagman and Henry Fonda.

WWII epic based on the novel by James Bassett, published in 1962.

Wayne was seriously ill with lung cancer during filming, by the end of the shoot he was coughing up blood. In surgery he had the left lung and two ribs removed.

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.

Tagline - Stripped of everything - they lived and loved and fought as if there were no tomorrow

IMDB rating 7.1

Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) Directed by Melville Shavelson. 146mins.

Kirk Douglas - Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus
Senta Berger - Magda Simon
Angie Dickinson - Emma Marcus
James Donald - Maj. Safir
Topol - Abou Ibn Kader
Frank Sinatra - Vince Talmadge
Yul Brynner - Asher Gonen
John Wayne - Gen. Mike Randolph

Based loosely on the life of Colonel "Mickey" Marcus, during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Movie debut of Michael Douglas, uncredited as a jeep driver.

Wayne, Brynner and Sinatra have cameo roles.

Tagline - Outnumbered - unarmed - unprepared - they stunned the world with their incredible victory!

IMDB rating 6.2

El Dorado (1967) Japanese poster

El Dorado (1967) Japanese poster

El Dorado (1967)

El Dorado (1967)

El Dorado (1967) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 126mins.

John Wayne - Cole Thornton
Robert Mitchum - J.P. Harrah
James Caan - Mississippi

Also starring Charlene Holt, Paul Fix, Arthur Hunnicutt, Michele Carey, R.G. Armstrong, Edward Asner and Christopher George.

Classic western based on the novel "The Stars in their Courses" by Harry Brown, published in 1960.

Hoping to repeat the success of Rio Bravo (1959), Howard Hawks used roughly the same formula and plot for El Dorado.

On it's own merits El Dorado is a hugely enjoyable western, the two old movie legends clearly having fun in their roles.

Following his cancer surgery Wayne had to use a double for some scenes.

Tagline - It's The Big One With The Big Two!

IMDB rating 7.6

The War Wagon (1967)

The War Wagon (1967)

The War Wagon (1967) Directed by Burt Kennedy. 96mins.

John Wayne - Taw Jackson
Kirk Douglas - Lomax

Also starring Howard Keel, Robert Walker Jr, Keenan Wynn, Bruce Cabot, Joanna Barnes and Valora Noland.

Fun comedy western based on the novel by Clair Huffaker who also wrote the screenplay.

Wayne and Douglas third and last movie together.

Tagline - The War Wagon Rolls And The Screen Explodes!

IMDB rating 6.7

The Green Berets (1968) French poster

The Green Berets (1968) French poster

The Green Berets (1968) Directed by John Wayne & Ray Kellogg. 142mins.

John Wayne - Col. Mike Kirby
David Janssen - George Beckworth
Jim Hutton - Sgt. Petersen

Also starring Aldo Ray, Raymond St. Jacques, Bruce Cabot and George Takei.

Adapted from the book of the same name by Robin Moore, published in 1965.

One of the first Vietnam movies filmed while the war was still raging.

The film was much criticized at the time for glorifying the Vietnam war. The reviews were mostly negative, the late Roger Ebert gave it zero stars. But the film was successful, costing $7m to produce, it grossed $21m in North America.

Tagline - A special force in a special kind of hell!

IMDB rating 5.2

Hellfighters (1968)

Hellfighters (1968)

Hellfighters (1968) Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. 121mins.

John Wayne - Chance Buckman
Katharine Ross - Tish Buckman
Jim Hutton - Greg Parker

Also starring Vera Miles, Jay C. Flippen and Bruce Cabot.

Adventure movie about oil well firefighters.

Wayne's role is based loosely on Red Adair, a famous oil well firefighter who had capped some of the worlds biggest oil well blowouts.

Tagline - The Toughest Hellfighter Of All!

IMDB rating 6.2

True Grit (1969) German poster

True Grit (1969) German poster

True Grit (1969)

True Grit (1969)

True Grit (1969) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 128mins.

John Wayne - Rooster Cogburn
Glen Campbell - La Boeuf
Kim Darby - Mattie Ross

Also starring Jeremy Slate, Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper.

Based on the novel by Charles Portis, published in 1968.

"Fill your hands, you son of a b!tch!"

One of John Wayne's most famous and most popular westerns and the movie that finally won him an Academy Award.

True Grit was a big hit and is estimated to have grossed about $31m in the U.S.

The title song sung by Glen Campbell was a top ten hit and helped boost the films box office.

Sondra Locke was considered for the role of Mattie.

Wayne reprised the role in the sequel Rooster Cogburn (1975).

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Actor (John Wayne).

Nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards winning 1 - Best Actor (John Wayne)

Tagline - The strangest trio ever to track a killer.

IMDB rating 7.3

(The novel was adapted and filmed by the Coen Bros in 2010, True Grit starred Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn and Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross.)

The Undefeated (1969)

The Undefeated (1969)

The Undefeated (1969) Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. 119mins.

John Wayne - John Henry Thomas
Rock Hudson - James Langdon

Also starring Roman Gabriel, Antonio Aguilar, Lee Meriwether, Bruce Cabot and Jan-Michael Vincent.

Big budget Cavalry western set in Mexico after the Civil War.

Based on a story by Stanley Hough.

Before filming Wayne had to lose some of the weight he put on to play Rooster Cogburn in True Grit.

Interviewed in the early 80's Rock Hudson said he thought The Undefeated was crap but he had fond memories of working with John Wayne.

IMDB rating 6.4