Cinema: Quick Cuts

McQ presents John Wayne in civvies, which seems a little like dressing Gary Grant in bib overalls. The Duke messes around casually with playing the title character, a Seattle cop who quits the force to press a vigorous one-man investigation of his partner's death. His searches lead to discoveries of gangsterism in the import business, corruption in high places, lax moral standards in corporations and other illuminations that come as more of a surprise to Wayne than anyone else.

The action sequences are frequent but arthritic. Colleen Dewhurst — whom one hardly expects to find in such company—provides an agreeable cameo as...

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