‘John Wayne built my career:’ Durango prop guys and pistoleros with Chris Mitchum

“Now I’m cold and hungry and wet and tired and short-tempered…so get on with it…hell, get outta my way!” In a black Stetson and fall-inspired wool jacket, blue-eyed, 65-year-old John Wayne proves he can still cut the mustard when a group of vigilantes tries to forcefully intercept a quartet of prisoners accused of bank robbery and murder he is delivering to jail in “Cahill: U.S. Marshal.” The Duke’s fifth and final collaboration with director Andrew V. McLaglen was issued on July 11, 1973, and featured an underappreciated screenplay by none other than Harry Julian Fink and Rita M. Fink of “Dirty Harry” infamy. Photography by David Sutton / Warner Bros.

“John Wayne was more of a mentor and a father to me in the business than my own father…



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