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John Wayne never intended to be a "classic" actor (with a British accent) like an Olivier--or a Burton from Wales---so he could play Shakespeare. He was hewn out of the mid-west and was hired to play cowboys--then soldiers--then cowboys again. And he did it better than anyone else--because he played himself and the cause he believed in--America. He also got a medal from Congress and was beloved by most Americans esp. Maureen O'Hara after one his best "The Quiet Man."
I love this film
I was born during WW11 and so dearly love how our country loved her country during that time. This film is one of many that are so dear to my heart. Each time I watch this film, I love it that much more. So it goes with films that are true classics. It is such a good film on several levels. It is a wonderful love story, addressing the qualities of a lasting relationship. It is also a film which honors friendship and loyalty in friendship. Then, of course, the exciting battle scenes with subs, fighter planes, destroyers, and carriers. Then, the unity while solving the problem with the firing pin in the torpedoes which would not fire. This film touches all these areas so well, all, as we cheer a country which was never too full of hate to stop and render aid to the enemy, even as they became prisoners of war. Only one curse word in the whole thing; more importantly, never once, was the Lord's name misused. Hooray for all of these national treasures. I am sure grateful TCM, for you showing us these irreplaceable movie gems. Keep showing them. I'll be watching and loving it.
Love Memorial Day weekend !
I so look forward each year to the Memorial Day weekend tribute films. Actually, I love it anytime you show a few of these wonderful classics in a row. True, Some of the films may not be perfect in every way. However, the heart and soul expressed in these stories uplift my heart each time I watch them. I love those WWII movies, (even some WWI films). Then, there is the icing on the cake when a fellow reviewer points out the "little baby feet (obviously a doll) with upside down feet", as was pointed out in this film. Love It ! Thank you, TCM. Please keep showing them.
One of my all-time favorites! corny -- yes. sappy - yes. but who cares! i have seen it dozens of times. watch when the nurses are changing the baby and talking about Duke. the little baby feet (obviously a doll) are upside down! i still love this movie. happy endings are always a good thing.
John Wayne's acting ability
He was what you might call a magnificent failure?
Operation Pacific (1951)
- Jay Higgins
For a war film, there is way too much focus on John Wayne's romance with Patricia Neal, which is really not that interesting. As a war film, it's a bit to gung ho and doesn't always ring true, but there are some good sequences, just not enough of them. And John Wayne simply can't act.