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Searchers screenng 1

Short notice, for sure. But certainly worth your while. And I’d be wasting my time to think I needed to tell you how great this film is.

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John Wayne
Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979)

Here’s a great shot of John Wayne, John Ford and the rest of the cast and crew shooting The Searchers (1956) near the Three Sisters in Monument Valley.

Maybe not the ideal picture for celebrating Wayne’s birth, but I figured you’d all wanna see it.

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the-searchersJohn Ford’s The Searchers (1956) might be the finest film ever made, it’s almost certainly the greatest Western ever made, and it’s easily John Wayne’s best performance. All of which make it a great reason to head to Durham’s Carolina Theater this Friday, May 2.

At 7PM is John Boorman’s Deliverance (1972); The Searchers will start around 9:30. If you think you might make it out, let me know. It’d be fun to say hello.

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Sam Elliott (interviewed in the current issue of Cowboys & Indians): “One of the great perks of the movie business is that you get around and you get to be around some very interesting and talented people. One all sides of the camera. The first movie I starred in was a Western called Cactus (released in 1972 as Molly And Lawless John) with Vera Miles. We shot in Santa Fe; we did some interiors at Studio Center in the San Fernando Valley. One day John Ford showed up — he was there to visit Vera. John Ford! That stopped the show for a while. It might as well have been the pope.”

Photo: Ford demonstrates the kiss he wants Jeffrey Hunter to plant on Vera Miles for The Searchers (1956). Olive Carey looks on.

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Sorry for the short notice, but the Newport Beach Film Festival is screening The Searchers (1956) tomorrow at noon at the Island Cinema. The event is sponsored by the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Ethan Wayne and Glenn Frankel, author of The Searchers: The Making Of An American Legend, will appear before the film.

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You’ve got till 4/6 at 11:59PM PST to head ‘em off at the pass. Mount up!

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Here’s Ward Bond, John Wayne and Dorothy Jordan in the greatest single scene to be found in an American film. In less than a minute, it says more than most movies say in two hours. Without a word being said, and completely without pretense.

Of course, it’s from John Ford’s The Searchers (1956), a film this blog has pretty much stayed away from. It’s been written about so much, and I’d rather help lead people to more obscure pictures like Quantez (1957). And truth be told, I don’t think I’m up to it. It scares me.

So I’ll just say the greatest (Western) film ever made will be at the Aero Theatre on the 11th. It’d make a great way to pay tribute to Harry Carey, Jr.

The Searchers (1956) 
Monday, March 11, 7:30 PM

The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Glenn Frankel will sign copies of his book The Searchers: The Making Of An American Legend in the lobby at 6:30 PM. Monday’s my daughter’s birthday, and if the Aero wasn’t a couple thousand miles away…

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Picture 6Hop over to the Home Theater Forum for a chance to vote for what classic titles you’d like to see Fox release on Blu-ray.

Arranged by decade — the Thirties through the Sixties — you’ve got some good stuff to choose from. 50s Westerns are represented by Broken Lance (1954), The Tall Men (1955), The True Story Of Jesse James (1956) and The Bravados (1958). I’m sorry to say they’re all getting smoked by The Desk Set (1957). So get out and vote — you can vote in every decade every day — let’s give The Bravados a fighting chance.

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Jeffrey Hunter, Hank Worden and John Wayne commemorate Hit Number 500,000 on this blog with a little tequila. Thanks to all the fingers responsible for those clicks. I appreciate each and every one.

Of course, that image is from John Ford’s The Searchers (1956).

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