The Big Trail (1930)

The Big Trail (1930)

Holden,Towers, Wayne and Ford on the set of The Horse Soldiers (1959)

Holden,Towers, Wayne and Ford on the set of The Horse Soldiers (1959)

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

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

Bird hunting during the filming of Flying Leathernecks (1951). A rare photo of the Duke wearing sunglasses

Nightclubbing with third wife Pilar Pallete

Nightclubbing with third wife Pilar Pallete

 TV episode Rookie of the Year (1955) directed by John Ford.

 TV episode Rookie of the Year (1955) directed by John Ford.

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.

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.

 Christmas morning with third wife Pilar and their children Aissa and Ethan. 1960s

 Christmas morning with third wife Pilar and their children Aissa and Ethan. 1960s

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

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

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

With John Huston between takes of The Barbarian and The Geisha, 1958

With John Huston between takes of The Barbarian and The Geisha, 1958

With Jim Hutton in Hellfighters, 1968

With Jim Hutton in Hellfighters, 1968