Theater: Prairie Free-for-AII

The Duke still rides tall. Trouble is that he doesn't ride often. John Wayne's advancing years (he is 63) are keeping him pretty much out of the thick of things these days. Instead of mixing it up with marauders or running rustlers out of town, the Duke can more often be seen back at the ranch trying to square some domestic difficulty or right a faulty romance. His glorious gun battle with Lucky Ned Pepper's boys in True Grit looks threateningly like a last blast, a melancholy six-gun Gotterdammerung.

Wayne's new movie, Chisum, casts...

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