Without a bit of blunt advice, John Wayne might have left Westerners behind

For most of the 1930s, Wayne was a steady, if surprisingly terrible, presence in such a series of B Westerns. He’s a familiar face to most audiences but hasn’t made a movie that lingers in the memory after the house lights go out. This changed overnight with his better-than-lifetime performance as The Ringo Kid in John Ford’s “Stagecoach”. In 1939, Western catapulted Wayne to superstardom and catapulted Ford into the genre’s leading director.

Now that Wayne has succeeded, he is keen to expand his big-screen horizons. When asked by Olive Carey, wife of Western actor Harry Carey what he wanted to do next, he said that he wanted to play Black Prince Edward in the film adaptation of the Hundred War adventure Arthur Conan Doyle’s year, “The White Company.” As related in Ronald L. Davis’ “Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne,” The outspoken Olive had something pretty catchy for him, something the debuting star had in mind:

“You’re a big, stupid son of ab***h. People have told you how much they like you. They’re your audience. You give them what they want, not what they want. what you want.”

And as Wayne’s son Michael Wayne adds: “My father always took her advice. He didn’t care about the producers, he didn’t care about the studio heads, he cared cares about his fans.”

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