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John Wayne - An American Icon Collection (Seven Sinners/ The Shepherd of the Hills/ Pittsburgh/ The Conqueror/ Jet Pilot) (1940)

Marlene Dietrich , John Wayne , Josef von Sternberg , Dick Powell  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne, Betty Field, Agnes Moorehead, Janet Leigh
  • Directors: Josef von Sternberg, Dick Powell, Henry Hathaway, Lewis Seiler, Tay Garnett
  • Writers: Jules Furthman, Oscar Millard, Stuart Anthony, Kenneth Gamet, Tom Reed
  • Producers: Dick Powell, Jules Furthman, Howard Hughes, Jack Moss, Charles K. Feldman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 501 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,764 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "John Wayne - An American Icon Collection (Seven Sinners/ The Shepherd of the Hills/ Pittsburgh/ The Conqueror/ Jet Pilot)" on IMDb

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    John Wayne remains, without a doubt, a legend of the silver screen and one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile leading men of all time. See "The Duke," with his rugged good looks and undeniable charm, take command of the screen in the amazing collection of five unique films from his long and illustrious film career. This must-own set confirms John Wayne's status as a true American icon!Seven Sinners (1940)Wayne shines as a handsome naval officer who sacrifices everything for the love of a cabaret singer (Marlene Dietrich) with a mysterious past.The Shepherd of the Hills (1941) As part of a family of Ozark moonshiners, Wayne is a simple man sworn to protect the land he loves and a secret that threatens to tear the community apart.Pittsburgh (1942)Wayne stars with Marlene Dietrich and Randolph Scott in this patriotic rags to riches adventure of two coal miners who risk it all to take on the ruthless steel industry.The Conqueror (1955)In one of his most memorable roles, Wayne conquers ferocious armies and the heart of a princess (Susan Hayward) to become the legendary fighter Genghis Khan.Jet Pilot (1957)As heroic Air Force Colonel Jim Shannon, Wayne takes to the skies to save a beautiful Russian lady pilot (Janet Leigh) accused of being a spy.

    He was no one's (including his own) idea of a great actor--one senses that the one Oscar he won, for True Grit in 1970, was as much for his longevity as his talent--but "icon" is an apt description for John "Duke" Wayne, who starred in scores of movies in a career that spanned 50 years. Five of them are collected on John Wayne - An American Icon Collection, a two-disc, no-frills (as in no bonus material) set offered at a very reasonable price. Ranging from 1940 to 1957, these items reveal that although he didn't have a lot of range ("I play John Wayne in pretty much every film I do," he once admitted), Wayne was at least willing to tackle other genres besides the Westerns with which he's so closely identified; here he portrays a coal miner, a moonshiner, and a legendary warrior, along with the more expected military roles. As for the quality of the films, let’s just say that "good" and "entertaining" don't always go on the same page, and the set at least has plenty of the latter. Seven Sinners ('40) is the best of the lot, with Marlene Dietrich sly and radiant as the delightfully named Bijou Blanche, a South Pacific cabaret singer who tantalizes naval officer Wayne. At the other end of the spectrum is The Conqueror ('55), generally regarded as Wayne's worst feature ever, but even it is a campy hoot. Sporting a Fu Manchu 'stache and many silly hats and delivering some preposterously stilted dialogue ("Hi, Mom" becomes "I greet you, my mother!"), Wayne plays Mongol warlord Temujin, soon to become Genghis Khan, who's obsessed with a beautiful princess (Susan Hayward as a Tartar? Mayonnaise is more like it) who just happens to be the daughter of the man responsible for the death of Temujin's father. Pittsburgh ('42), again pairing Wayne with the luminous Dietrich, is considerably better, charting the rise, fall, and redemption of miner-turned-captain-of-industry Charles "Pittsburgh" Markham in a story that's both humorous and dramatic before devolving into flag-waving World War II propaganda. Neither The Shepherd of the Hills ('41), sentimental hokum about a clan of drawling, superstitious Ozark hicks, nor Jet Pilot ('57), with a pre-Psycho Janet Leigh as a Russian spy (!), ranks as what you'd call a classic--indeed, there are no classics to be found anywhere here--but the Duke, always a man's man, probably wouldn't mind. "When people say a John Wayne picture got bad reviews," he said, "I always wonder if they know it's a redundant sentence, but hell, I don't care. People like my pictures and that's all that counts." --Sam Graham

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    58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
    "John Wayne - An American Icon Collection" may be the most mismatched collection of the Duke's most offbeat starring roles available on DVD, but each film has some merits (even "The Conqueror"), and if you only know Wayne from westerns or war movies, you are in for a surprise!

    "Seven Sinners" (1940), offers Duke's first teaming with the legendary Marlene Dietrich, with whom he'd have a brief but torrid off-screen affair. An atmospheric drama set at the 'Seven Sinners' bar on an exotic Pacific island, Dietrich is, as usual, a sultry chanteuse, loved and lusted after by every man who meets her, especially 'bad boy' Antro (played with finesse by screen veteran Oskar Homolka). When the Fleet arrives, however, and 'Golden Boy' officer Wayne sets eyes on her, she falls hard, and he is willing to sacrifice his career for her. Of course, the 'Higher Good' prevails, but not before audiences get a healthy dose of romance!

    Co-starring Broderick Crawford, Anna Lee, and a surprisingly sympathetic Albert Dekker, the Dietrich-Wayne chemistry would prove so potent that they would make two more films together.

    "Pittsburgh" (1942), the third and last Dietrich-Wayne pairing (following the Alaskan epic, "The Spoilers"), does a flip-flop in the characterizations from the Gold Rush tale, making Randolph Scott the 'good guy', and Wayne an opportunistic heel, willing to 'walk over' anybody, even his love, Dietrich, to get rich in the steel industry (although he'd redeem himself, by the finale). Playing a victim was uncharacteristic of the tough actress, however, and, while Wayne would eventually prove an excellent 'anti-hero', audiences wouldn't accept Wayne so 'out-of-character' at this point in his career.
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    34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the lesser known movies June 25, 2006
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    Want to see John Wayne a little differently, buy this set. This is a collection that I would guess most people, other than die hard Duke fans, have not seen. Pittsburgh is a great movie with a great supporting cast. Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott and even an appearance by Shemp Howard of Three Stooges fame. If you expect Duke to take all, be surprised. Seven Sinners is another romance with Dietrich. Jet Pilot is famous for some really great aerial shots. Chuck Yaeger of sound barrier fame did some of the stunt flying here. Shepherd of the Hills is a beautifully shot movie with Wayne living with a curse. No barroom brawls here nor gunfights from horseback, just good dramatic story telling. The Conqueror is probably the most famous of the movies in this collection. John Wayne is Genghis Khan. You have to see this one to believe it. If you like John Wayne or don't know him that well, buy this collection to see something different from the Duke.
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    15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three excellent movies in this collection June 11, 2006
    I don't know who some of these critics are who have reviewed the films in this John Wayne Collection from Universal, but they need to take another look. Everyone seems to put Shepard Of The Hills at the top of the list, but for me, Seven Sinners is by far the most entertaining. The problem for John Wayne fans may be that this terrific film is more of a vehicle for Marlene Dietrich than Wayne, but John Wayne gets to strut his stuff and holds his own. Pittsburgh is a good movie as well, although Wayne plays the bad guy for most of the film, but redeems himself in the end. Lighten up guys and give them a chance - you might enjoy yourselves.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection for John Wayne fans June 2, 2006
    I have been waiting for these titles to come along for a long time. Well, most of them anyway. I have 4 of the 5 movies on VHS, so adding Shepherd of the Hills was a big plus for me. I have never seen this movie.

    I happen to like Pittsburgh. This is the first time I am able to see it on DVD, and enjoy the quality of the movie. I am not a fan of The Conqueror or Jet Pilot, but having them from Universal gives me the assurance that the quality of the movies will be superior. As for Seven Sinners well, it's a Duke movie with Marlene Dietrich.

    I have not heard from any person reviewing this collection on the quality of sound and picture. Frankly, I am not interested in thier opinion of these movies since I have seen almost all of them. These movies are great in the quality of the picture. They come from a great production company; Universal. If you've seen Jet Pilot and The Conqueror from past DVD copies, then you must agree that this is much better in quality.

    If you are a big John Wayne fan then these movies will complement your collection. They are great in sound & picture quality. As for the movies themselves, well that is for you to decide. I don't rank them as my top John Wayne movies, that will come out next week (June 6). But as a collector of his movies (I have over 80 of his movies to date in both VHS and DVD) I am glad to have these in my collection. If you are not a Duke fan, I would NOT recommend purchasing this collection. There are better Duke movies out there.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mix July 2, 2006
    By totie
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    I had been waiting for Pittsburgh to come out on DVD, thinking it would never happen since it is really one of the lesser known movies with John Wayne. I bought this collection mainly for that movie. Loved watching it again. Beautiful Marlene Dietrich & Randolph Scott with John Wayne make a great combo for this story. All of the movies in this collection are good. I always saw John Wayne as more than just a cowboy. These movies prove that he was.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars This collection made him very happy!
    My husband is addicted to John Wayne movies. This collection made him very happy!
    Published 2 months ago by Sharon Turner
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    5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE ALL HIS MOVIES
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    4.0 out of 5 stars JUST ADD A LITTLE POPCORN
    I purchased this selection to add to my John Wayne film collection; mainly 'Seven Sinners' and 'Pittsburgh'. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Fred R. Smith
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Good John Wayne Collection - Give It A Chance
    Those reviewers who call "The Conquerer" one of the worst movies ever have apparently not seen critically acclaimed stinkers like "Ordinary People" and "Little Miss Sunshine. Read more
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    Great movies.
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    A little difficult to get to movies on some of our DVD players without controls to select what movie you want to watch. But with a proper controller, thay work great.
    Published 3 months ago by Catherine J Matteson
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    It was an awesome purchase!
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    I love John Wayne movies and I was very surprised that I had never even heard of these movies. I thought I'd seen and owned about all the John Wayne movies there were!!! Read more
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