Friday, January 5, 2018

Graumans Chinese -- John Wayne -- January 5, 2018

In July, 2012 we paid a return visit to Hollywood and Grauman's Chinese Theater.  Sid Grauman was a San Francisco showman who came to Los Angeles and built three major houses, the Million Dollar, the Egyptian, and the Chinese. The theater has hosted many film premieres, but is most famous for the hand and footprints (and hoofprints and nose prints and other types of prints) in the forecourt.

John Wayne left his hand and cowboy boot prints in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese on 25-January-1950. Wayne had a long career and led film stars in yearly box office returns for many years.  I enjoy movies from every period of his career, from The Big Trail to the Mascot serials to the Lone Star westerns to the Three Mesquiteers to Stagecoach to the John Ford cavalry films to the war films right up to The Shootist

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