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John Wayne, the badass and the communists
    #1768488 - 08/01/03 07:57 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

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Book tells how John Wayne survived Soviet assassination

Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow
Friday August 1, 2003
The Guardian

Joseph Stalin ordered the KGB to assassinate John Wayne because he considered his anti-communist rhetoric a threat to the Soviet Union, according to a new biography of the film star based on interviews with Wayne's close associates and the movie legend Orson Welles.
Stalin apparently learned of Wayne's popularity from the Russian filmmaker Sergei Gerasimov, who attended a peace conference in New York in 1949. Michael Munn, a film historian and author of John Wayne - The Man Behind The Myth, said Gerasimov told Stalin of Wayne's fervent anti-communist beliefs.

"Stalin decided that he would have him killed," said Mr Munn, who says he was told of the plot by Orson Welles at a dinner in 1983. Welles had said that the KGB was given the task of assassinating Wayne.

"Mr Welles was a great storyteller," said Mr Munn, "but he had no particular admiration for John Wayne." He said that Welles had offered the story without prompting, and that his sources were excellent.

A prominent Russian filmmaker, Alexei Kapler (who was imprisoned for an affair with Stalin's 16-year-old daughter, Svetlana), had told another Russian filmmaker, Sergei Bondachuk, about the order. Bondachuk was sceptical at first, but after Gerasimov confirmed the story, Bondachuk told Welles.

Mr Munn said Wayne had also told him that his friend, the stuntman Yakima Canutt, had "saved his life once". Mr Munn later asked Mr Canutt what he had meant by this comment. The incident is thought to have taken place in the early 50s.

"Yakima told me that the FBI had discovered there were agents sent to Hollywood to kill John Wayne," said Mr Munn. "He said the FBI had come to tell John about the plot. John told the FBI to let the men show up and he would deal with them."

Wayne then apparently hatched a plot with his scriptwriter at the time, Jimmy Grant, to abduct the assassins, drive to a beach and stage a mock execution to frighten them. Mr Munn said he did not know what transpired, but heard the two men stayed in the US to work for the FBI.

"Afterwards though, John shunned FBI protection and did not want his family to know. He moved into a house with a big wall around it."

Wayne then relied upon a group of loyal stuntmen who infiltrated communist cells in America and learned of plots to kill him.

"He then gathered all the stuntmen, went to the communist meetings, and had a huge fight," Mr Munn said. This was when Wayne believes Mr Canutt saved his life.

A further attempt to kill Wayne was made in Mexico on the set of the film Hondo (which was released in 1953), led by a communist cell, according to Mr Munn.

The book claims that Stalin's order was cancelled by his successor Nikita Krushchev after the dictator's death in 1953. The book says Krushchev told Wayne in a private meeting in 1958: "That was a decision of Stalin during his last five mad years. When Stalin died, I rescinded that order."

Wayne also told Mr Munn about an attempt to kill him by an enemy sniper while he was visiting the troops in Vietnam in 1966. "One of the snipers was captured," said Mr Munn, "and said there was a price on John's head, put there by [China's communist leader] Mao Tse Tung."

Mr Munn said he had gathered the anecdotes over decades of work in the film industry. "I am quite convinced that it was not propagated by John or his inner circle," he added.

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I'm a big John Wayne fan. I love his films and his manner. I thought this was worth sharing. :smile:


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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1768498 - 08/01/03 08:13 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

JW would have kicked their asses!

:lol:


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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1768565 - 08/01/03 09:09 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

John Wayne cannot be killed. He's not really dead now. We're saving him for the next war.


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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: Innvertigo]
    #1768712 - 08/01/03 10:34 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

"John Wayne was a fag."

"Fucking A John Wayne was a fag!!!"

"It's true. I installed 2-way mirrors in his pad in Brentwood and he answered the door in a dress. John Wayne was a fag..."


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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: GernBlanston]
    #1768718 - 08/01/03 10:43 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

thanks for the input...


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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: Innvertigo]
    #1768771 - 08/01/03 11:13 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Sorry - it's a quote from "Repo Man"

Whenever I hear the name "John Wayne", that quote runs through my head.  I just thought I'd share :smile:


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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: GernBlanston]
    #1768831 - 08/01/03 11:39 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Same thing happens to me.

the correct response is "the hell he was!", though.

"he was too, you boys. I installed 2 way mirrors in his pad in brentwood, and he came to the door wearing a dress."


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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: wingnutx]
    #1769465 - 08/01/03 03:12 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

My memory - it do get fuzzy in my olden age :smile:


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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: GernBlanston]
    #1769522 - 08/01/03 03:28 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

repo man, is a masterpeice.

I saw Alex Cox's latest film, i think its called "a revengers tragedy"

....it was the first film I walked out of since....1996


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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1770331 - 08/01/03 06:27 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Fuck John Wayne, fuck him in his stupid dead ass.

He was a little Nazi cocksucker who cost real men their acting carreers. People who were real patriots and heroes, and fought in real wars to protect this country, something Wayne only ever did in the movies.


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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #1770470 - 08/01/03 07:08 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I prefer Audie Murphy,a real hero,to the tinsel town's aspirations thereof.John Wayne could act,but only that.What about Bill Boyd?He could have acted,yet he lived the part.Most of you won't know him.John Wayne protrayed a figure he could have lived ,but cowardice prevented him.I enjoy John Wayne movies,It's generally the supporting actor and actress i admire.



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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: shroomophile]
    #1770489 - 08/01/03 07:11 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Don't forget Lee Marvin. He walked the walk.


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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: wingnutx]
    #1770563 - 08/01/03 07:28 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

In the same way Columbo could Falk the Falk


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Re: John Wayne, the badass and the communists [Re: shroomophile]
    #1771835 - 08/02/03 03:21 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Quote:

shroomophile said:
In the same way Columbo could Falk the Falk



Damn cross-eyed incoherent bastard.


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