Gut Rumbles

August 23, 2004

john wayne

I don't care what anybody else says--- John Wayne was the best western actor of all time. If you don't like John Wayne. you must be a terrorist. You need to be dragged off and shot.

Here's a trivia question. Wayne made more than 100 films and got killed on camera four times.

What movies did John Wayne die in?


Dear Rob:

1. The Shootist.
2. Sands of Iwo Jima
3. The Fighting Seabees.

You'll have to fill in #4. This is the best I can do right now.



Posted by: Will on August 23, 2004 12:06 AM

The Cowboys.

Posted by: mal on August 23, 2004 12:07 AM

When I was a kid, I told my grandfather that John Wayne got killed in the western I just saw on T.V. and he refused to conceed that it was possible. I was about 10 and he was in his seventies so he won the argument.

Posted by: mal on August 23, 2004 12:12 AM

I miss him. He was always tall in the saddle. As the four movies have been named above, I'll just add which of his were my favorite movies.

1. The Quiet Man
2. McClintock
3. In Harms Way
4.Donnovan's Reef
5. Rio Bravo
6.The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
7. Sands of Iwo Jima
8. The Searchers
9. Stagecoach
10. Jet Pilot
Yeah, I know the last one was a real stinker, but Janet Leigh was in it and she was HOT.

Posted by: Guy S. on August 23, 2004 12:52 AM

Little Johnnie's teacher gives the whole class a homework assignment:

"Go home and watch TV and learn something about sex. We will discuss what you saw in class tomorrow."

The next day, the teacher asks the class what they saw on TV that had something to do with sex. Little Johnnie is at the back of the room waiving his hand. Dreading calling on Little Johnnie, the teacher calls on Mary.

"Mary," she says, "what did you see on TV?"

Mary answers, "I watched General Hospital, and I saw two people kissing".

"That's great", beamed the teacher,"kissing has everthing to do with sex."

"Who else," the teacher asks, "who else saw anything on TV that had something to do with sex?"

Again, Little Johnnie is in the back of the room vigorously waiving his hand. Still the teacher felt that it would not be wise to call on Little Johnnie.

"David, did you see anything on TV?"

"Why ,yes I did teacher, I watched PBS and I saw a calf being born!"

"That's marvelous, really fantastic! That has everything to do with sex!" exclaimed the teacher.

"Anyone else?"

Little Johnnie is waiving his hand back and forth, barely able to contain himself.
Against her better judgement, the teacher says "OK Johnnie, did you see something on TV that had to do with sex?"

"Yes, I did!" exclaimed Little Johnnie. "I saw John Wayne kill off seven indians!"

"You saw John Wayne kill of seven indians? What in the world does that have to do with sex?"

"Taught them indians not to fuck with John Wayne"

Posted by: nostradumbass on August 23, 2004 12:58 AM

What, there are people who don't like John Wayne?! Send 'em my way, I've an Army at my disposal to take care of that.

Posted by: Sgt Hook on August 23, 2004 01:06 AM

I so love John Wayne! He's an acting god. Although most of his characters were the same, I could never get enough. Back when VCR's used BETA tapes, my husband and I had 78 of his movies on tape, most from the 30's and 40's. They were hilarious! I especially enjoyed watching him play "Singing Sandy".

Posted by: Denise on August 23, 2004 02:28 AM

I thought he died in that film where he was a bad character. Captain of an old ship. Red Witch or Sea Witch.... One of the few times he was the blackhat, too.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on August 23, 2004 02:55 AM

Wake of the Red Witch: he died while diving for treasure
All the others were already mentioned, I guess. I only knew about The Cowboys and The Shootist

Posted by: david on August 23, 2004 03:55 AM

I lurk here a lot and I saw this and just wondered who knows where John Wayne was born? I visited his birth place not to long a go. In Harms Way has to be his best film in my opinion.

Posted by: oakleytexas on August 23, 2004 04:27 AM

Best movie John Wayne ever made was The Quiet Man, that classic scene where he grabbed Maureen O'Hara and DRAGGED, PUSHED and SHOVED her for 5 miles to confront her brother...

And even when she loses her shoe or falls, he doesn't stop hauling or marching her ass along, instead he tells her... "It's only five miles. Just a good stretch of the legs."

And of course the resulting donnybrook between Wayne and fellow actor Victor McLaglen was a CLASSIC to say the least....
yep, in my humble opinion, forget the war films, forget the westerns, The Quiet Man stand alone as Waynes best work.

Posted by: Ruth on August 23, 2004 07:42 AM

I guess me bein' a Texan is the reason for getting the one nobody else got: The Alamo

Posted by: TexasReb (Randy) on August 23, 2004 07:43 AM

Way to go, TexReb!!! I remember only the Sands of Iwo Jima (he was Sgt. Stryker) The Alamo (he was Davy Crockett) The Cowboys and the Shootist.

I never saw that Red Witch movie and I thought he lived through the Fighting Seabees.

Posted by: Acidman on August 23, 2004 08:40 AM

I STILL say the best movie John Wayne ever made was True Grit. You don't want to watch that with me. I can quote almost every line of dialogue.

And I DO when I've been drinking.

Posted by: Acidman on August 23, 2004 08:42 AM

But I have to second the comment about The Quiet Man. "There'll be no closed doors between us!"

Bejus. That was a pretty good S&M scene, wasn't it? The woman was purring like a kitten the next morning.

Posted by: Acidman on August 23, 2004 08:47 AM

NOT to nitpick (but what woman cant resist a good nitpickin?)
BUT the line was: "There'll be no locks or bolts between us Mary Kate except those in your own mercenary little heart."....

THEN, Wayne forcefully kissed and embraced her...for a MOMENT she submitted to him and he tossed her like a sack of potatoes onto their bed (collapsing it to the floor).

BUT BUT BUT...To O'Hara's surprise - rather than raping her - he stomped out of the room.

Wayne slammed the door shut and slept on the floor of their parlor in his sleeping bag...

They are married in name only.

He leaves her unravished (ya like that word?)

He didn't force her to sleep with him on their wedding night.

The scene ended with O'Hara (Mary Kate) sobbing with her bouquet of flowers on their disheveled bed.

NOW, thats how THAT scene went....chapter and verse.

(Old movie buff here, sorry, but I cant help myself)

Posted by: Ruth on August 23, 2004 09:12 AM

Favorite Quote:

"That's my steak, Valance!"

One John Wayne movie that they don't play and you can't buy is "The High and the Mighty" an airliner disaster film where the Duke is the pilot, natch. It had a good theme song too.

Posted by: Larry Kephart on August 23, 2004 09:39 AM

Yes... for some reason John Wayne's estate is keeping "The High And The Mighty" in the vault. A shame... I never seen it. But the novel was terriffic.

Posted by: Mike on August 23, 2004 02:43 PM

I see Nostradumbass is familiar with Gene Tracy...

Posted by: mike on August 23, 2004 05:19 PM

"The Searchers"
One of the Duke's darker movies, but an outstanding screen story.

Posted by: Henry Blowfly on August 24, 2004 04:18 AM

> I lurk here a lot and I saw this and just wondered who knows where John Wayne was born?
= Winterset, Iowa as Marion Morrison

Bonus question: What recent film was set in Winterset, Iowa (and the surrounding county)?

Posted by: DJSloan/Houston on August 24, 2004 12:52 PM

"SOMEBODY ought to hit you, pilgrim, but I won't ... I won't ... the HELL I won't!"

Posted by: wheels on August 25, 2004 01:51 AM

The Duke dies also in Who Shot Liberty Valance, but it is an off screen death, and only his casket is seen.

Posted by: Ben on August 25, 2004 02:49 PM

I'll take your bonus question,DJSloan. "Bridges of Madison County."

Posted by: StinKerr on August 27, 2004 06:12 AM

how many movies did John Wayne die in and what were they thanks for any info anyone can give here

Posted by: Mike Luczak on August 30, 2004 08:58 AM

Hey - he died in Wake of the Red Witch as well.

Posted by: Sophie on September 2, 2004 05:21 AM

John Wayne died in these pictures
Reap the Wild Wind
Wake of the Red Witch
The Fighting Seabee’s
Sands of Iwo Jima
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valiance (Was dead at the start)
The Shootist
The Alamo

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