John Wayne Movies With Mustaches

John Wayne made almost 150 movies in his career.

Between 1930-1949, he made about 91 films.  That’s about 4 films a year !!!!

Yeah, there were some dogs in that period.  I personally don’t care much for most of his work during that period.  The biggest exceptions are: “Fort Apache (1948)” and “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949).”  “Stagecoach (1939)” may have been the movie to set his career on fire, but I really don’t care much for it.

My personal all time favorite Wayne film (in a serious role) is “The Searchers (1956).”  This is the movie that I think really showed his acting chops.

The scene at the end is iconicy turned up to 11 .

Searchers walk off

Hmmmm, he does walk like the guy in “The Birdcage.”


OK, time to get to the mustaches.

The point was that John Wayne made a lot of movies, but rarely had facial hair.

The WORST !!

The Conqueror

The Conqueror.  It’s like he ate hairy spaghetti yesterday and never wiped it off.

This movie may have the only movie that he wore a wig, other than his own toupee.


Rio Grande

Rio Grande.  Could have used a bigger soul patch.


Yellow Ribbon

She Wore A Yellow Ribbon.


"The Shootist" John Wayne 1976 Paramount © 1978 David Sutton

The Shootist.  Not high on my list of favorite Wayne movies.  Wasn’t really thrilled with his supporting cast.  This was a fitting mustache for an distinguished gentleman of the time.

My second favorite (serious) Wayne movie, “In Harms Way (1965)”.  A movie that was filled with great characters.  The movie was able to do backstories in minutes and develop quality characters very quickly.

The best scene in the movie is when Eddington and Powell go into the officer’s latrine and Powell flips the coin.  “Good-bye, Commander! Enjoy it!”   Eddington then proceeds to bitch slap Cmdr. Owynn and that’s the scene where Rock’s son Jere, learns what it is to be a man !!!

Favorite Wayne comedy, “McLintock! (1963).”    Mmmmmmmm, Maureen O’Hara !!!!!  This movie is just all great chuckles !!

Maybe next I’ll do movies by The Duke’s toupees !!

9 comments on “John Wayne Movies With Mustaches

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  3. MMinLamesa says:

    I’ve watched The Searchers many times over the years and it’s now one of my favorite John Wayne flicks.

    Western star Harry Carey died in 1947. Director John Ford cast Carey’s wife (Olive Carey) as Mrs. Jorgensen (the mother) and Carey’s son (Harry Carey Jr.) as one of the sons (Brad) as a tribute to Carey. In the closing scene with John Wayne framed in the doorway, Wayne holds his right elbow with his left hand in a pose that Carey fans would recognize as one that he often used. Wayne later stated he did it as a tribute to Carey. Off-camera, Olive watched. Pretty cool.

    I also loved The Shootist which as I understand he shot knowing he had cancer.

    A real movie star.

  4. corsair red says:

    ” The Searchers ” is a very good movie. ” McClintock “? It has no plot and isn’t funny at all. I never have understood the point of it. John Wayne wasn’t the right star for comedy.

    • Matthew W says:

      Almost all of my favorite Wayne movies have great bits of comedy in them. Yes, Wayne being used for slapstick like the mud fighting scene in McClintock isn’t his best comedic work.

  5. JonW says:

    My sister absolutely loves “The Quiet Man”, which I also enjoy. But “The Searchers”‘ is my favorite.

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