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John wayne's last movie, the shootist, was, i think, one of his very best.
featuring lauren bacal, jimmy stewart, ron howard, richard boone, hugh
obrian, harry morgan, and john carradine the shootist had an extraordinary
cast as well as an excellent story based on a novel by glendon swarthout.
John wayne filmed the shootist with only one lung. In fact he filmed his last six
or eight movies after having a cancerous lung removed. I guess you've heard
that john wayne was tough, but this is more than tough because his discomfort
never showed on screen until the shootist. John wayne would just suck it up
and go to work. In the shootist pain and discomfort was part of his character so
he didn't have to reach far to play j. B. Brooks; the gunfighter dying of cancer.
I had friends/customers who worked on some of john wayne's last movies and
they told me that he was obviously experiencing great discomfort, but he did not
speak of it. Though he was sometimes understandably grumpy he was always
good to those he worked with and always gave them a moderate bonus at the
end of filming.

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John Wayne wore a similar hat in "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and to a slightly
lesser extent "Fort Apache". The shape and condition of the hat in Rio Grande in
the most extreme. John Wayne wore his brim turned up in front in most scenes,
but not all. In Fort Apache John Wayne wore the brim mostly dipped a little in front
with a slight curl up in the back. All is your choice.

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Ohn Wayne wore this look in several movies. If you want to match a
particular movie like the
Train Robbers you should specify.
The Train Robbers hat had the ribbon band under the cav. officer
cord and it also had a leather thong stampede string. The train
robbers brim was also flatter.
Hondo, played by John Wayne, is one of the best classic western
movies of all time. This is John Wayne at his best. Hondo Lane was a
tough, part Indian, ex cavalry scout with that John Wayne
independent character.
The Hondo hat is similar to some of John Wayne's other hats. Being
a pinch front crown with a cavalry cord. A distinction on the Hondo
hat is that the brim is not so flat as most others. The brim rolls up
on the sides a little and it dips more front and back. There is a
slight "V" shape in the dip of the brim in front. Also the pinch is
actually closer on the Hondo than some other John Wayne hats.
We usually use a reproduction of the officer hat cord from the
1800s. The historically correct cord is black and gold; and I mean
gold, not yellow. John Wayne as Hondo, or just about every other
John Wayne cavalry character, had sweat and dust stains so heavy
that you cannot see what color the cord really is. I don't recall
hearing what Hondo's rank was as a scout but John Wayne was an
officer in every western/cavalry movie I ever saw. However if you
prefer you can choose the 1889 enlisted cavalry cord as shown on
the Clint Eastwood or Outlaw Josey Wales hat. Either one looks
much better stained and dirty looking to be appropriate for a
rugged John Wayne hat.

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