Thursday, March 06, 2008

If You Love John Wayne say 'Pilgrim'!

First let me say, I love John Wayne. I love his movies. I love his voice. I love his walk. I love the humor in all of his movies. I love that he included his family members in his movies. I love that he was an American Hero. I love that he was always proud to be an American.

Ok, Ok, enough hero worship, but I'm one of his biggest fans. I even have a room in my home that my family calls the John Wayne room. How did this come about, you ask?
It all started with a $5. picture. Not my fascination for him, but the room thing. I was in a home decor store and they had all the pictures on sale. There was one of The Duke. It was a 20x24 and I couldn't stand to see it there for that rediculous price. So I bought it, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Then I was given my father's bedroom set, and the fact that he reminded me of John Wayne, gave me the idea to decorate that bedroom in a western theme. I painted the walls to look like a sunset that any hero would ride off into. I made denim stagecoach curtains for the window, and a denim spread for the bed. Friends began to give me John Wayne stuff. I have a big tin picture of him. I have a roll of John Wayne toilet paper. I have one of those collectible plates with his picture on it. I have a lightswitch with his picture on it. I even have a 12 pack of John Wayne beer.

I have recorded or bought probably 80% of his movies. I'd like to think 100%, but I know that can't be true. I even have the army ones that I'm not that fond of. I prefer westerns. The Comancheros, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Stagecoach, McClintock. But don't forget The Quiet Man, I would have loved to trade places with Maureen O'Hara. And I love the B movies he did. One of my favorites is The Big Trail. He looked like he was about 19, curly hair, thin, but he already had that voice. I could go on and on and on and on. You get my drift.

Tell me if you are a John Wayne fan. And tell me what your favorite John Wayne movies are.

And I'll ask a trivia question here. Remember the brother-in-law he fought with in The Quiet Man--What was his name, and can you name another movie he played in with The Duke. One of the things I've noticed is that the same people show up in many of his movies. And oh, by the way, you won't win anything if you get it right. You'll just have the satisfaction of being a kindred spirit.

7 comments:

Kacey said...

Okay, I'm not a John Wayne fan, so can't help out on the trivia. But I have to say I don't think I remember seeing a picture of John Wayne when he was that young! Look at him!

Love your whole western themed room.

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Robbin with 2 B's! said...

Wayne fan either but I had to comment because my 28 year old son is and has been since he was a little boys and watched old movies with his grandfather. He can pretty much quote Rooster Coburn's lines from True Grit which I think is his favorite. He too has all his movies mostly and it wouldn't surprise me if he had a John Wayne room one day as well.

OHmommy said...

I should show my 5 year old son some old movies. Great idea!

amy said...

Hi! I'm the DIL of robbinwith2b's, married to that 28 yr old son she's referring to. I can say with a fair amount of certainty that a John Wayne room could be in our future. He's already taken over our movie bookshelf! Although he introduced me to most John Wayne films, I've loved Quiet Man and McClintock since I was very young. Maureen O'Hara is the most beautiful woman in movies ever. I don't know the actor's name who played her brother in The Quiet Man, but I know he was in Rio Grande, and also She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, I think.
And yep, True Grit is probably your son's fave, Ms. Robbin!

The Park Wife said...

I want to see pictures of the John Wayne room!!!!

The Park Wife

Tara (The Bestest Daughter) said...

Mom, you should take some pics of the John Wayne Room for Amy's husband....Since I enlightened you on how to post photos on your blog and all...

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