John Wayne & American Values

Appropriate on this Memorial Day Weekend.

John Wayne embodied the best of our country for 40 years: patriotism, strength, courage, and an unapologetic belief in American Exceptionalism. A return to such ideals from Hollywood would be a welcome sight.

Feel free to skip past the normal scripted banter to the 1:45 mark for the “meat”.

Happy Birthday, Duke!


***By the way, if you’d like to see a brief history of John Wayne (since this is his birthday), check out YouViewed/Editorial.

9 responses to “John Wayne & American Values

  1. This kinda goes hand in glove with my comment about the claptrap coming out of the U.S. movie industry these days. They just don’t have actors like these guys any more—and obviously, they very rarely make movies like the Duke’s any more. Now very few Hollywood conservatives are “out,” and those who are realize the impact it’s going to have on their careers. Yet the rest of the glitterati continue to pi$$ and moan about the Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s.

    Great clip, though. About all I remember from the old Dean Martin show is the Gold-diggers and assorted bimbos asking, “Wanna drinkee, Dino?”. Dino was already two-and-a-half sheets to the wind anyway, so one more drinkee wasn’t going to make much difference.

    Ah yes, the good old days, when drunks like Mr. Dino Crocetti and Foster Brooks were still hilarious and there were patriots in Hollywood.

  2. Simpler times, Buckeye.
    One can agree or disagree with the normalcy of drinking back then (didn’t every house seemingly have a wet bar on TV and in the movies then?), but overall the values were solid.
    God, family, country: it wasn’t even questioned.

    No wet bar in my house, but the other stuff?
    Yeah, we’ve got that.

  3. Speaking of Hollywood patriots, a lifelong friend of the Duke’s and another of my favorite actors of all time was Ward Bond. According to Wikipedia, Bond appeared in more films on both the original and 10th anniversary edition of the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Movies lists than any other actor. His credits include “It Happened One Night,” “Bringing Up Baby,” “Gone with the Wind,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “The Maltese Falcon,” and “The Searchers,” one of his 16 films with the Duke. Of course he’s probably best known as Bert the cop in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

    Bond was also Maj. Seth Adams, the original (and best) wagonmaster on the TV series “Wagon Train.” A bit before my time, but I watched all the episodes when they were on a “retro” TV network we used to have. Great stories with lots of famous actors.

    He died of a heart attack in 1960, and bequeathed the shotgun with which John Wayne accidentally plugged him on a hunting trip to the Duke, according to Wikipedia.

    Another guy whose equal we won’t see again in Hollywood.

    • So many of that generation’s actors were servicemen or, in both Ward’s and Wayne’s cases, WANTED to be:
      –the military wouldn’t let Wayne in, since they figured he would do more to help the war effort as an actor, and Bond was rejected for having epilepsy.
      Being a patriot was expected and encouraged.

      I see signs of a return to that ethos today. The social pendulum always swings back and forth, and it’s in the midst of swinging back.

      Which, by the by, is driving the vocal Left a little nutty. 😉

  4. So good! I love The Duke! No other actor has as many titles on my shelf as him.

  5. LivinRightinPGH

    So, at what point do you think Hollywood will celebrate conservatives among them “coming out”? After all, “coming out” in Hollyweird is trendy….chic…..and gets you your own talk show!

    Let’s celebrate our “differences” by respecting the “coming out” of conservatives…

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