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The John Wayne Film Collection (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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#101 of 103 ahollis

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Posted June 29 2014 - 08:16 PM

I would also recommend WAR OF THE WILDCATS, a 1943 Republic picture (available on Blu-ray from Olive Films). A fun and light-hearted Wayne film with Albert Dekker and Gabby Hayes.
THE SPOILERS with Marlene Dietrich and Randolph Scott (in a rare "bad guy" role) is one of my favorites as well but not available on Blu-ray.


I too ordered WAR OF THE WILDCATS based on the talk on this thread. It is truly an entertaining Wayne film. And a heck of a lot of fun. Thanks to all that recommended it.
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#102 of 103 RBailey

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Posted June 30 2014 - 03:44 AM

A funny side note about WAR OF THE WILDCATS: In 1964, a local theatre ran a weekly children's matinee series and each weekend presented a chapter of a 1947 Republic serial, JESSE JAMES RIDES AGAIN with Clayton Moore. I went every week and consider myself lucky that I was able to see a complete 13 chapter serial on the big screen presented week-by-week. The cliffhanger of Chapter 12 was spectacular and an exciting sequence that really impressed 14 year-old me.

It was probably 10 years later that I finally caught up with WILDCATS on a TV airing and was astonished to see that footage turn up as the big climax to the film. Revisiting the serial shows just how adept Republic's crew was at incorporating "big" stock footage into their lower-budgeted serials.



#103 of 103 David_B_K

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Posted June 30 2014 - 06:45 AM

I watched War of the Wildcats this weekend. it was great to see a younger Duke in a lighter-toned film where he brought more humor to his role than in his later Ford masterpieces. It was also great to see a young and pretty Martha Scott play someone other than Charlton Heston's mother.


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