John Wayne Film Fest April 24-27

John Wayne Film Fest – April 24-27
Hosted by LOOK Cinemas, benefiting John Wayne Cancer Foundation with VIP Ann-Margret

All movie screenings at LOOK Cinemas – Dallas, Texas.
LOOK Cinemas
5409 Belt Line Rd
Dallas, TX 75254
(214) 306-7446

Click here to view the John Wayne Film Fest Online Auction.


John Wayne – TCM ‘Star of the Month for April’

John Wayne is shown aboard his boat, the Wild Goose, in 1977. (Bert Minshall)

John Wayne is shown aboard his boat, the Wild Goose, in 1977. (Bert Minshall)

For five days in April our Star of the Month spotlight shines on the legend that was and is John Wayne. Through five decades he was one of the great American icons and Hollywood’s biggest box-office star. His popularity endures today, with his name appearing often on lists of all-time greats. Our Wayne festival was programmed by TCM host Robert Osborne, who will be joined in introducing the films by Scott Eyman, who has written for the the New York Times and the Washington Post and is the author of celebrity biographies including John Wayne: The Life and Legend, due out this month.

Wayne enjoyed a versatile career that encompassed more than 175 movies ranging from war movies to romantic comedies, crime thrillers and historical epics. But it is for his Westerns–more than a dozen of which were directed by the master of the form, John Ford–that he is best remembered. Fittingly, our tribute begins with Wayne’s first starring role in The Big Trail (1930) and concludes with a Western from his mature period, Big Jake (1971). In between are such Ford/Wayne classics as Stagecoach (1939), Fort Apache (1948) and The Searchers (1956).

Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, Wayne entered films in 1926 and served an apprenticeship in serials and low-budget movies before his role in Stagecoach elevated him to major player. Other memorable vehicles over the decades include Without Reservations (1946), Flying Leathernecks (1951) and North to Alaska (1960). His final film was The Shootist (1976), in which he plays a gunfighter dying of cancer, as Wayne himself did in 1979.|0/John-Wayne-Star-of-the-Month-4-21-4-25.html

Free screening of the 1953 Western “Hondo,” starring John Wayne

John Wayne, Michael Caine and Robert Duvall all can be seen on a big screen this weekend in Shawnee County for little or no money.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will present a free screening of the 1953 Western “Hondo,” starring Wayne in the title role, at 2 p.m. in Marvin Auditorium of the library, 1515 S.W. 10th, as this month’s installment of its Classic Film Series.

Then at 7 p.m. Saturday in the gymnatorium of the Auburn Community Center, 121 W. 11th, Auburn Community Theater will show “Secondhand Lion,” a 2003 comedy-drama starring Caine and Duvall as the eccentric uncles of a 14-year-old boy played by Haley Joel Osment. Admission to the theater’s Movie Night is a family-friendly $5 for adults or $3 for children 12 and younger.

“Hondo,” developed by Wayne’s own production company, is based on the July 5, 1952, Colliers short story, “The Gift of Cochise,” by Louis L’Amour, who would write a best-selling novelization of the movie.

Wayne plays Hondo Lane, a despatch rider for the U.S. Cavalry, who encounters Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page), a woman deserted by her husband for months and living alone with her young son Johnny (Lee Aaker) in the midst of hostile Apache territory.

She presumes she is safe because the Apaches, under their chief Vittorio (Michael Pate), have always left them alone. Later Lane has a run-in with Angie’s reprobate husband Ed Lowe (Leo Gordon) and is forced to kill him, not knowing who he is.

Vittorio captures Lane and to save his life, Angie tells the Apache chief that Lane is her husband, unaware that Lane has killed her real husband. In order to protect her from a forced marriage with one of the Apache, Lane reluctantly goes along with the lie, though he knows the truth must eventually come out both to her and the Apache.

“Hondo” marked the screen debut of Page, who earned the first of eight Oscar nominations for her role as Angie Lowe.

Directed by John Farrow, “Hondo” was shot and released in 3D.

Set in 1962 in the Texas countryside, “Secondhand Lions” follows comedic adventures of an introverted boy, Walter (Osment), left on the doorstep of a pair of reluctant, eccentric great-uncles, Garth (Caine) and Hub (Duvall), who pass their time shooting at traveling salesmen and telling tales of their youths, including Hub’s only love, Jasmine, a princess he had to rescue from a Middle Easter sheik. The movie’s title comes from a “used” lioness the uncle purchase with the idea of shooting and having its head mounted.

However, the men adopt the lioness, who gets named Jasmine, and she plays a pivotal role in attempts by outsiders and Walter’s mother to exploit the uncles in pursuit of their legendary fortune.

People attending “Secondhand Lion” can bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating or sit in one of the center’s chairs. Popcorn, soda, candy and other movie snacks will be sold before and during the movie.

Auburn Community Theater offers movie nights when the community theater isn’t staging a live production. Visit for coming attractions.

Shirley Temple costarred with John Wayne before retiring from films

Shirley Temple Black would become an actress-turned-ambassador as an adult, accepting posts in Ghana andf Czechoslovakia.

Be assured, however, she always will be most lovingly remembered as our most successful child actress.

(Surely one of you knows all the lyrics to “On the Good Ship Lollypop!” Or can name the film in which she sang this tune?)

Black died from natural causes at her California home on Monday night. She was 85.

Born in 1928, Shirley Temple not only became the first white actress to hold hands with an older black man when she tap-danced on a staircase with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in “The Little Colonel.” She also was credited with saving Daryl F. Zanuck’s studio, 20th Century Fox Pictures, from bankruptcy when he developed her as an international star after Fox Films merged with Twentieth Century Films.

(You may remember that Fox loaned Temple to Paramount Pictures to make two movies in 1934. But after that, Zanuck put his foot down and said, “No more!”
He was still saying a resounding, “No,” when MGM politely asked to borrow Shirley Temple to use as Dorothy Gale in “The Wizard of Oz.”)

She was a gifted child star, number one at the box office for four years in the 1930s, but did not fare so well — not consistently anyway — after making her final child’s film at age 12 in 1940.

True, she made some good films as an adult, but most of them did not take off at the box office. Eventually, she instead would choose to make a name for herself as a Republican diplomat.

I’m not certain why I temporarily forgot, however, that she also was a member of director John Ford’s ensemble in 1948′s “Fort Apache,” with John Wayne and Henry Fonda.

Then again, I am curious if you have a favorite Shirley Temple film from the following:

Films of Shirley Temple

1932: “Runt Page,” “War Babies,” “The Pie-Covered Wagon,” “New Deal Rhythm,” “Glad Rags to Riches,” “Kid’s Last Stand,” “Kiddin’ Hollywood,” “Polly Tix in Washington” (all one-reel shorts produced by Educational Films)

1933: “Kiddin’ Africa” (Educational Films), “The Red-Haired Alibi” (Tower Productions/Columbia), “Dora’s Dunking Doughnuts” (Educational Films), “Out All Night” (Universal), “Merrily Yours (Educational Films), “Pardon My Pups” (Educational Films), “Managed Money” (Educational Films), “To the Last Man” (Paramount Pictures), “What To Do?” (Educational Films)

1934: “Carolina” (20th Century-Fox), “Mandalay” (First National/Warner Brothers), “New Deal Rhythm” (Paramount), “Change of Heart” (Fox), “Bottoms Up” (Fox), “Stand Up and Cheer” (Fox), “Little Miss Marker” (Paramount), “Now I’ll Tell” (Fox), “Baby, Take A Bow” (Fox), “Now And Forever” (Paramount), “Bright Eyes” (Fox)

1935: “The Little Colonel” (Fox), “Our Little Girl” (Fox), “Curly Top” (Fox)

1936: “The Littlest Rebel” (Fox), “Captain January” (Fox), “Poor Little Rich Girl” (Fox), “Dimples” (Fox), “Stowaway” (Fox)

1937: “Wee Willie Winkie” (Fox), “Heidi” (Fox)

1938: “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” (Fox), “Little Miss Broadway” (Fox), “Just Around the Corner” (Fox)

1939: “The Little Princess” (Fox), “Susannah of the Mounties” (Fox)

1940: “The Blue Bird” (Fox), “Young People” (Fox)

1941: “Kathleen” (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

1942: “Miss Annie Rooney” (United Artists)

1943: “Since You Went Away” (United Artists)

1944: “I’ll Be Seeing You” (United Artists)

1945: “Kiss and Tell” (Columbia)

1946: “Honeymoon” (RKO), “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer” (RKO)

1947: “That Hagen Girl” (Warner Bros.)

1948: “Fort Apache” (RKO ), “Adventure in Baltimore” (RKO)

1949: “Mr. Belvedere Goes to College” (Fox), “The Story of Seabiscuit” (Warner Bros.), “A Kiss for Corliss” (United Artists)

By  William Kerns - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

John Wayne’s kids and grandchild in Dallas next week to kick off Wayne Film Fest

It looks like John Wayne’s family is pleased with the move of the John Wayne Film Festival from West Texas to Dallas. Three of the Duke’s children and one of his grandchildren have already indicated that they are coming to town for next week’s festival kickoff event.

Siblings Melinda Wayne Munoz, Ethan Wayne and Marissa Wayne and Wayne granddaughter Anita Swift will be at the Feb. 19 launch party at LOOK Cinemas where Wayne’s final film, The Shootist, will be screened.

Dallasites Anne and Steve Stodghill and David Hale Smith are chairing the April 24-27 Wayne Film Festival, a benefit for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation

By Alan Peppard –

Switch to our mobile site