For Wayne, having friends and respected entertainers around eased the mood on set. At the end of the shooting day, old timers will reminisce about dear friends gone like Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, and John Ford. But it’s not all fun and games. Far away from it. Wayne is in poor health, and is comfortable complaining about it (“I don’t mind getting older, I just mind not being able to move.”) According to Bacall:
“‘Wayne isn’t particularly reflective, at least not with me. He likes to enjoy life, but he’s not feeling well. One day he said to me, ‘God, I can’t drink alcohol. I can’t smoke, life is not fun anymore. ‘ But in a way, he’s still tough, fit. Actually a very sweet man. We are very compatible. “
The scene’s most poignant moment comes when Wayne meets his “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” co-star Stewart again. According to Eyman’s book, Stewart, who broke away from film to television in the early 1970s, was thrilled to be a westerner on the big screen again with his movie-star friend mine. While Stewart’s hearing loss causes him to sometimes miss the cues, the scene ultimately comes together in a fashion that pleases all parties.
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