Cinema: All in the Family

Big Jake is an inescapably likable John Wayne western. This time round, Big John plays a robustly aging paterfamilias who has been separated from his wife (who else but Maureen O'Hara?) lo these 18 years. When a band of merciless marauders led by Richard Boone kidnaps Wayne's grandson and demands a million dollars ransom (in $20 bills, please), Maureen swallows her pride and sends for the Duke. As soon as he shows up, both the child's safety and a predictable quality of brawny, easygoing entertainment are guaranteed.

In more than its plot, Big Jake...

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