‘John Wayne: Bigger Than Life’

Editor's Picks
on March 24, 2011

John Wayne: Bigger Than Life
DVD ($24.95)

The iconic actor, who died in 1979, is commemorated in this roundup of three full-length documentaries about his life, movies and patriotic zeal. (In No Substitute For Victory from 1970, he warns of the perils of communism.) But the strident flag-waving is only temporary, and soon gives way to a cavalcade of rare TV appearances and even silliness in McLintock!, a 1963 comedy Western with Wayne as a besieged cattle baron riding herd over costars Maureen O’Hara, Stefanie Powers, Yvonne De Carlo, Jerry Van Dyke and his real-life son, Patrick.

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