Striding out of Ernest Haycox’s imagination, and into the hearts and minds of generations of movie going Americans, here’s John Wayne as the Ringo Kid in Stagecoach.
Notice the genius of Ernest Haycox. He stripped all the themes of The Covered Wagon, by some counts the first feature length Western, down to the essentials. Instead of hundreds of land hungry pioneers crossing the Great Plains, we have one horse deprived outlaw, waving down a stage coach.
John Wayne (born Marion Robert Morrison) was a USC college football player when he began acting, not a cowboy. One contemporary of John Wayne went on record with his opinion that Wayne adopted many of his cowboy mannerisms from close observation of Yakima Canutt.
Here’s an encounter between Dick Cavett, as fan boy, and John Wayne, the actor.