Cinema: Men Will Be Boys

Donovan's Reef. Boys will be boys in John Wayne movies, and everybody knows what that means: it means they're scared to grow up and be men. But they sure work hard at pretending to, and Big John (who is 56) works hardest of all. At every opportunity he battles a bottle, slugs a stooge, and generally behaves as though a man's-capacity could be measured in whisky and his importance by his punch. But when a woman appears, Big John looks suddenly small and surrounded by unimaginable terrors, like a Boy Scout trapped in a beauty parlor.

In this movie, Hero Wayne has...

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