A friend told me his son, who’s in the fifth grade, brought home a permission slip — to watch Rio Grande (1950) at school.
It’s hard for me to believe that some kids don’t know who John Wayne is, much less have seen one of his films. Glad to know that at least these kids will.
Here’s John Wayne and John Ford during its production (Wayne’s mustache nails it). Think they’re discussing how their picture will someday save our education system?
When I was in the fifth grade we watched a 16mm flat print of The King And I. It was riddled with splices that gave out as they made their way through the projector. And guess who was running the projector? Nothing against Yul Brynner or anything, but I woulda much rather seen Rio Grande.