The Barbarian and the Geisha, 1958
When the film was wrapped the director and the star were not on speaking terms. Duke exercised his considrable influence with the studio by cutting scenes and reshooting and adding others. The director was furious when he was notified that the studio had changed the title from The Townsend Harris Story to The Barbarian and the Geisha , a change that implied a fast-moving commercial movie. ’  John Wayne apparently took over postproduction after I left [to work on his next film]….A number of scenes had been reshot, at Wayne’s insistence, simply because he didn’t like the way he looked in the original version….it was a complete mess….I would have taken legal steps to have my name removed from the picture, but learned that Adler [ head of production at Fox] was terminally hill with a brain tumor. Bringing suit under such circumstances was untinkable.’ John Huston

The Barbarian and the Geisha, 1958

When the film was wrapped the director and the star were not on speaking terms. Duke exercised his considrable influence with the studio by cutting scenes and reshooting and adding others. The director was furious when he was notified that the studio had changed the title from The Townsend Harris Story to The Barbarian and the Geisha , a change that implied a fast-moving commercial movie. ’  John Wayne apparently took over postproduction after I left [to work on his next film]….A number of scenes had been reshot, at Wayne’s insistence, simply because he didn’t like the way he looked in the original version….it was a complete mess….I would have taken legal steps to have my name removed from the picture, but learned that Adler [ head of production at Fox] was terminally hill with a brain tumor. Bringing suit under such circumstances was untinkable.’ 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

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

young-duke-portraits:

”When I met him, I was impressed with his honesty, his charachter. You could believe him. There was nothing phony about the guy, and that came through on the screen. As an actor, he wasn’t the best and he wasn’t the worst. He was okay. What helped him more than anything else was his naturalness-along the lines of Spencer Tracy . It wouldn’t have surprised me if he had tried to emulate Spencer Tracy .” Nat Levine, owner of Mascot Pictures for whom Duke made three serials

young-duke-portraits:

”When I met him, I was impressed with his honesty, his charachter. You could believe him. There was nothing phony about the guy, and that came through on the screen. As an actor, he wasn’t the best and he wasn’t the worst. He was okay. What helped him more than anything else was his naturalness-along the lines of Spencer Tracy . It wouldn’t have surprised me if he had tried to emulate Spencer Tracy .” Nat Levine, owner of Mascot Pictures for whom Duke made three serials

'Duke was renowed for his bad driving , He pointed his car in the direction He wanted to go and put his foot flat down to the floor.' Pilar Wayne

'Duke was renowed for his bad driving , He pointed his car in the direction He wanted to go and put his foot flat down to the floor.' Pilar Wayne

'When Wayne went to Japan with John Huston to make The Barbarian and the Geisha, he and Huston bought a lot of Japanese art. Wayne bought out the original woodcut blocks from a Buddhist temple. The prints of his wallpaper were made from these woodblocks.' Sam Shaw

'When Wayne went to Japan with John Huston to make The Barbarian and the Geisha, he and Huston bought a lot of Japanese art. Wayne bought out the original woodcut blocks from a Buddhist temple. The prints of his wallpaper were made from these woodblocks.' Sam Shaw

'He was a collector of art objects-his own things wherever he went. But on the set, for the press, he played a guy rolling in the mud.' Sam Shaw, photographer.

'He was a collector of art objects-his own things wherever he went. But on the set, for the press, he played a guy rolling in the mud.' Sam Shaw, photographer.

duke-portrait:

“Wayne was cultured; very charming, polite, elegant. Not from what we hear and read about him, but in the confines of his home. Not even in his friendships with his fellow film makers, but in the confines of himself. He takes off the toupee in those pictures at home, and there he is with a little bit of hair…The graciousness of that gesture.” Sam Shaw, photographer.

duke-portrait:

“Wayne was cultured; very charming, polite, elegant. Not from what we hear and read about him, but in the confines of his home. Not even in his friendships with his fellow film makers, but in the confines of himself. He takes off the toupee in those pictures at home, and there he is with a little bit of hair…The graciousness of that gesture.” Sam Shaw, photographer.

The Searchers, 1956
It was named the Greatest American Western of all time by the American Film Institute  in 2008, and it placed 12th on the American Film Institute’s 2007 list of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.  The British Film Institute ‘s Sight & Sound magazine ranked it as the seventh best movie of all time in a 2012 survey.
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The Searchers, 1956

It was named the Greatest American Western of all time by the American Film Institute  in 2008, and it placed 12th on the American Film Institute’s 2007 list of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.  The British Film Institute ‘s Sight & Sound magazine ranked it as the seventh best movie of all time in a 2012 survey.

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'Ordinarily he is one of the kindest and most level-headed of men. But when crossed, and particularly when double-crossed, he can make an underground  nuclear explosion seem like a baby's sigh' . Melville Shavelson in his book 'How to Make a Jewish Movie' . Shavelson co-wrote and produced Trouble Along the Way, 1953
photo portrait from the 1940s

'Ordinarily he is one of the kindest and most level-headed of men. But when crossed, and particularly when double-crossed, he can make an underground  nuclear explosion seem like a baby's sigh' . Melville Shavelson in his book 'How to Make a Jewish Movie' . Shavelson co-wrote and produced Trouble Along the Way, 1953

photo portrait from the 1940s

The Conqueror (1956)
As he had done with Jet Pilot, Howard Hughes didn’t give The Conqueror a quick release. He toyed with the film editing and reediting with almost manic compulsiveness, and RKO  released the movie in 1956

The Conqueror (1956)

As he had done with Jet Pilot, Howard Hughes didn’t give The Conqueror a quick release. He toyed with the film editing and reediting with almost manic compulsiveness, and RKO  released the movie in 1956

On the set of The Conqueror , summer of 1954, with Susan Hayward and director Dick Powell.
'At first I was completely surprised.Wayne as the barbarous Genghis Khan ? I asked him if he was serious and he said he was…We discussed the matter thoroughly and the more we talked the more the idea intrigued me. Besides, who am I to turn down John Wayne ?' Dick Powell

On the set of The Conqueror , summer of 1954, with Susan Hayward and director Dick Powell.

'At first I was completely surprised.Wayne as the barbarous Genghis Khan ? I asked him if he was serious and he said he was…We discussed the matter thoroughly and the more we talked the more the idea intrigued me. Besides, who am I to turn down John Wayne ?' Dick Powell

The Conqueror, 1956
‘I decided to write it in stylized, slightly archaic English.Mindful of the fact that my story was nothing more than a tarted-up Western, I thought this would give it a certain cachet and I left no lily unpainted. It was a mistake I never repeated.’  Oscar Millard, the script writer.
Filmed in Utah in the summer of 1954, it’s the story of the early victories of Genghis Kahn and the Mongol horde over the Tartars . Oscar Millard wrote the screenplay thinking   Marlon Brando would play the lead, but  Fox refused to loan him out to RKO.

The Conqueror, 1956

‘I decided to write it in stylized, slightly archaic English.Mindful of the fact that my story was nothing more than a tarted-up Western, I thought this would give it a certain cachet and I left no lily unpainted. It was a mistake I never repeated.’  Oscar Millard, the script writer.

Filmed in Utah in the summer of 1954, it’s the story of the early victories of Genghis Kahn and the Mongol horde over the Tartars . Oscar Millard wrote the screenplay thinking   Marlon Brando would play the lead, but  Fox refused to loan him out to RKO.