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Sunday Seconds with the Duke

MHM sets aside the Second Sunday of every month to review a classic film of John Wayne.

The Sea Chase (1955)

The Sea Chase (1955)

Warner Bros. Pictures brought The Sea Chase to theaters on January 1, 1955; grossing $12 million worldwide. John Farrow directs the war film which stars John Wayne, Lana Turner, and David Farrar.

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The Alamo (1960)

The Alamo (1960)

The Alamo is John Wayne’s epic film directorial debut about the famous the Battle of the Alamo. Sam Houston is in charge of a Texican army looking for its independence from Mexico, and he entrusts Colonel William Travis in defending the Alamo against General Santa Anna’s larger, better equipped, and better trained army.

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Back to Bataan (1945)

Back to Bataan (1945)

Back To Bataan begins where the story ends with U.S. Army Ranger raid at Cabanatuan prisoner-of-war camp, freeing many U.S. military personnel from their Japanese captors.

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Stagecoach (1939)

Stagecoach (1939)

In 1880, a prostitute, an alcoholic, a whiskey salesman, a pregnant woman, an escaped criminal, a shady southern gentleman, and a bank embezzler join a local sheriff and jolly stagecoach driver from Tonto in the Arizona territory through Apache country to Lordsburg, New Mexico.

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Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Major Dan Kirby gets a new command which is a surprise to a group of “Wildcat" pilots who were hoping the popular and somewhat lax Captain Carl Griffin would lead their campaign. Kirby is your tough-as-nails career military man.

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Hondo (1953)

Hondo 1953

Out on the New Mexico Territory, in the middle of Apache country, sits the Lowe Ranch. Angie and her six-year-old son, Johnny, work the land while her husband is away.

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McLintock! (1963)

McLintock! (1963)

G.W. McLintock lives the single life on his ranch, but his estranged wife lives out on the East Coast. She thinks McLintock is an adulterer, and lives in an uncivilized world.

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Island in the Sky (1953)

Island in the Sky (1953)

Warner Bros. Pictures released Island in the Sky to theaters on September 3, 1953. William A. Wellman directed the film which starred John Wayne, Lloyd Nolan, and Walter Abel.

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The War Wagon (1967)

The War Wagon (1967)

In the latter half of the 1800’s, Rancher Taw Jackson, played by John Wayne, is returning to his hometown after being in prison for three years. Taw was framed by a corrupt businessman by the name of Frank Pierce so that Pierce would be able to buy all of Taw’s land on the cheap while Taw was imprisoned.

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