The Big Trail (1930)
The Horse Soldiers (1959), directed by John Ford, written by John Lee Mahin and Martin Rackin, based on a true story during the American Civil War. UNITED ARTIST
Bird hunting during the filming of Flying Leathernecks (1951). A rare photo of the Duke wearing sunglasses
Young Duke in Hangman’s House, 1928. It’s his first confirmed appearance in a John Ford’s film and probably the first film where he’s clearly recognizable on the screen.
Witj Eiko Ando in The Barbarian and the Geisha, 1958
'The room in the back, she can use that. Tell her she can stay. And tell her to lifte her head.' Townsend Harris
The Barbarian and the Geisha, 1958.
Huston had himself chosen Duke to play Townsend Harris : ’ I want to send Duke’s gigantic form into the exotic world that was the Japanese empire in the 1880s. Imagine !-this massive figure, with his bluff innocence and naiveté, with his edges rough, moving among these minute people. Who better to symbolise the big, awkward United States of one hudred years ago?’ John Huston