I’m sitting here, enjoying an unusually overcast Sunday afternoon, watching AMC’s “John Wayne Premiere Weekend.” It’s back-to-back Duke classics like The Quiet Man, Rio Bravo, True Grit, and more. Now, I’m not one of those John Wayne fans that thinks everything he touched on the screen turned to gold. In fact, I’m not loving Island in the Sky, one of the weekend’s big premieres. But all the same, John Wayne did have a long list of very good films. Even stuff in which he played a supporting role (e.g. The Longest Day) benefited greatly from his presence. What I’m really excited about, though, is tonight’s broadcast premiere of The High and the Mighty, a film I’ve never seen but always wanted to.
Meanwhile, wanna test your John Wayne IQ? AMC has an online quiz if you wanna take a shot.