Before and After (redux) #63:
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition

Before (Marion Robert Morrison)

After (John Wayne)


Vanwall said...

Yup, a box-office money machine. "The Searchers", "Stagecoach", "Red River" maybe even "Trouble Along the Way", and that's about it for me for JW movies, tho. I'll watch some other films with him in them, but for other actor's performances.

swac said...

You should try A Lady Takes a Chance with Jean Arthur!

Vanwall said...

I've seen that one, and I can only suspend my disbelief so far with Duke. It's somewhat against type for Wayne - he's actually pretty funny in parts, and if left alone he might've had some range in that discipline. He wasn't too bad, or too good, but it must've seemed like sleepwalking for the actors and the viewers back then - hadn't they seen it before?

Brent McKee said...

The many names of John Wayne:
- Born Marion Robert Morrison (named after his paternal and maternal grandfathers.
- Renamed - at age 6 - Marion Mitchell Morrison by his mother (who hated his very existence, something he would desperately try to overcome over the years to no effect) on the birth of his younger brother Robert Morrison.
- Renamed Marion Michael Morrison by his first studio contract; the secretary typing it thought "Mitchell" was a misspselling of Michael. The future John Wayne thought that Michael was as good a name as any.
- Renamed John Wayne by Raoul Walsh and the executives at Fox Studios - Walsh had been reading the biography of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne and while the studio liked Wayne they weren't crazy about Anthony and made the first name John. That one took.