John Wayne - An American Icon (Seven Sinners / The Shepherd of the Hills / Pittsburgh / The Conqueror / Jet Pilot)
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"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.Read more ›
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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Great movies & good buy since I like John Wayne it was a No brainer for mePublished 12 days ago by Lewis W. Cunningham
GOOD QUALITY JOHN WAYNE WONDERFUL PRICE IT FILLS HOLES IN YOUR JOHN WAYNE COLLECTION BETTER THAN MOSTPublished 16 days ago by Robin Clayton
Arrived on time in excellent condition. I wanted one of the movies and bought this for less with several more movies I did not have for my collection.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
There were several movies that are hard to find, even though they were not considered some of his best movies, I remember them and it was good to see them again. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark Shouse
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