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"Literary Cinema" Season Finale features John Wayne's Final Showdown - CinemaDave

May. 11th, 2006 08:14 pm "Literary Cinema" Season Finale features John Wayne's Final Showdown

After a thirty year absence,
John Wayne returns to the
big screen for the Season Finale of “Literary Cinema”
at the Broward County Main Library Auditorium
this Saturday afternoon at 1pm.
Admission is free.

The Duke's last movie features an all star cast
headlined by Jimmy Stewart,
Melody Scott Thomas
Lauren Bacall
and Ron Howard.

Based on the novel “The Shootist,”
written by Glendon Swarthout,
this 1976 motion picture is a character study about a celebrated
Shootist who faces his final showdown. Director Don
Siegel somehow created a classic film that presented
grim subject matter in a life affirming manner.


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Date:May 18th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC)

Ron Howard

I enjoyed exploring the many links about John Wayne, Ron Howard and others.

Ron Howard's been scoring hits as a director for over 20 years now. I guess he mainly concentrates on directing, but I'd like to see him do some occasional acting. He was one of those child stars who continued to act successfully as an adult and his role in "The Shootist" is a good example.

A cute touch I remember from "The Shootist" was the cadaverous John Carradine as the undertaker eager to take pre-arranged charge of John Wayne's remains.

North Star
Date:May 20th, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Ron Howard and John Carradine

John Carradine's role created circle composition upon John Wayne's successful career. Carradine was the gambler in the white hat in "Stagecoach" and became the angle of doom in "The Shootist."

For such a dark scene, the audience found much humor in the scene. While Carradine worked for at least a dozen years afterward, "The Shootist" was his last major big budgeted project.
Date:May 21st, 2006 07:20 am (UTC)

Re: Ron Howard and John Carradine

That's a fascinating point about John Carradine in "Stagecoach" and "The Shootist". I have not seen "Stagecoach" for several years and I had forgotten about Carradine's role in the film.

I think for nearly a decade before "Stagecoach" John Wayne had steady film work in mostly low budget films and achieved a degree of B-movie stardom, but "Stagecoach" put him on the road to superstardom. Carradine being there at the beginning and the end with Wayne seems to fit just right.

North Star