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John Wayne - The Early Years

3.6 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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Before he was "The Duke", he was the hottest new action lead in Hollywood. Rediscover his energy, charisma and raw talent in 3 terrific cliff-hanger serials that thrilled matinee audiences in the golden age of cinema. Join him in Hurricane Express where he tries to derail a madman who has hi-jacked a speeding train, in The Three Musketeers where he must rescue his Foreign Legion pals from hordes of murderous locals, and Shadow of the Eagle where he portrays a fearless stunt pilot determined to foil the plans of a power-hungry villain.

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Wayne
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, NTSC, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 656 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F9SUPI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,250 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "John Wayne - The Early Years" on IMDb

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This is an early cliff hanger series that we used to see in movie matinees with a new segment every week. The series includes sequences with a Ford trimotor airliner and some good railroad sequences. On the tape version I have seen the video quality is only fair and often poor. However,it is fun and worthwhile.
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An amazing story about romance, technology and dealing with change. Wonderful storyline about the conflicts between the passenger rail business and the new air transport business, wrapped in ego driven corporate greed. Also a couple of love interests and Mission Impossible disguises figure into the plot. Also, lots of car chases!!! This has everything we see today, just in a wonderfully low-tech presentation. You have to see it just for the historical perspective this film presents. Note that it originally was a serial storyline, so sometimes it gets a little choppy.
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Hurricane Express' While I have not seen this movie, I am sure that it has to be great since John Wayne is in it. This movie is to be a gift and I know, since they like John Wayne movies, they will enjoy it.

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I played this movie to see what it was about.

It is a twelve part move that is about three hours long, and it is a serial series that would run in theaters on the weekends or the type of serial series that those who can remember, would run on TV on Saturday's.

Then, in those days, when watching, they would leave you with suspense as to what happen with the actor, actors.

To find out you would have to go back to the theater on Saturday, or if it were the television, turn in to see if the actors survived the incident.

I found watching this to bring back memories of those days and with this movie, to try and see if I could guess who the person was that was responsible for causing the trains to crash.

When watching this, seeing the actor take what one might consider to be a fatal fall and then seeing the next sequence only to find out that he, or she survived the incident, with what appears to be no injuries at all, kind of makes one laugh; but in those days this was entertainment and was enjoyable to watch.
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Good John Wayne flick that was originally a serial but was put together to make a continuous movie. The story was good for the 30s and it was great watching young Wayne. I am a big John Wayne fan and I would have given this movie four stars except the video quality of the the print has deteriorated.
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I did not expect a great deal from this 1932 serial, but since I have always been a outspoken John Wayne fan, I looked forward to this DVD. Actually, it really did not surprise or disappoint me much. The production values were cheap, the script weak, and the acting so-so. What I found best about the serial was seeing John Wayne in top athletic form doing a lot of his own stunts, and providing a great deal of action. I noticed that his friend, and stunt teacher, Yakima Canutt, played one of the henchmen, and I am sure that Yak did a lot to boost the action quality of the film.

It is telling that the studio at the time did not even put John Wayne's name above the title. Apprarently, they did not yet recognize his box office potential at this time, or else the studio execs at Fox and Columbia a year or to previously had done a fair job in trying to deep-six his career. It is a shame that Duke Wayne had to toil at these bargain basement studios such as Mascot and Republic for so many years until "Stagecoach" made him a huge star.

Since I did not spend much on the DVD, I shall not rank it badly for its picture and sound quality. But hey, distributors everywhere, we are talking about John Wayne--the most outstanding action star of the talking picture era. One would think that the people who are selling this serial, and other early films of Wayne, would take more pride in the presentation, and try to do a better job in the restoration. I really thought the picture and sound quality could have been improved, so I only rated it with two stars. I still recommend that John Wayne fans see this, and other early 1930s films he did. In seeing these films it will become obvious that no matter how little money was expended, the Duke still emerges as the unparalled hero of the silver screen.
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John Wayne's best Mascot serial — made before the start of his B-Western apprenticeship. "The Hurricane Express" (1932) compensates for its meager budget with 12 chapters of fast-paced thrills and cliffhanging peril. Young Duke emerges as a stalwart action hero in one of his earliest starring roles. Fun-filled nostalgia from producer Nat Levine. Readily available in the public domain, the Alpha Video release offers acceptable print quality.
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Is it one of the greats? Nope. It's just a good, old fashioned 1930's era yarn about a guy with a grudge against a train, and the will to act on it. Lots of decent options for the "Wreckers" real identity (no spoilers, 'cause I want you to be suprised), as well as some better that average acting from some of the supporting cast, particularly veteran theatre actor Ed Breese, who's really great as Frank Stratton.

The real prize here is John Wayne, who shows the charm, dash and energy that would later make him a genuine star. Also the Wrecker himself, whose neat trick with the masks had me guessing as to his true identity right up to the 12th chapter. Also, the genuine and facinating footage of a period train yard AND airport. All in all, this is WELL worth the miniscule price.

OH! I almost forgot to mention that the transfer and print quality is actually pretty good. And one of the Wreckers henchmen ("Jim") was 6 foot 5 inch Glenn Strange! THE Glenn Strange, who'd later play the famed Monster in "House of Frankenstein" and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein"!
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