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Andy Devine Wednesday 15th December 2010 Celebrities outside Manchester Opera house ahead of performing in 'Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs' Manchester, England

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Andy Devine - Cast including Andy Devine, Mike Toolan Manchester, England - 'Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs' pantomime at Manchester Opera House - Photocall Monday 22nd November 2010

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Andy Devine Tuesday 16th November 2010 arriving for 'Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs' Panto rehearsals in Manchester city centre Manchester, England

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Andy Devine and Emmerdale - Andy Devine of Emmerdale Manchester, England - takes a break during 'Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs' Panto rehearsals. Monday 15th November 2010

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Andy Devine Monday 10th August 2009 The cast of 'Emmerdale' outside the Yorkshire Television Studios Leeds, England

Stagecoach Review


Very Good
Stagecoach is the archetypical Western -- a stagecoach full of crazies has to make it through Indian country in one piece. Though it was his 80th film (of nearly 200), Stagecoach made John Wayne into the superstar he eventually became. Mitchell won Best Supporting Actor for his role as the drunken Doc Boone, and the rest of the cast, notably Trevor as a hooker being run out of town, are memorable. The film has some amazing gaffes, including guns that kick but don't actually go "bang" and, again most notably, one rear-projected shot from the stagecoach where the Indian outside is riding the wrong way. Classic, yet hopelessly dated.

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In Old Chicago Review


OK
You know the O'Learys? Who had the famous cow that started the Chicago fire?

Well, this is not their story.

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Review


Very Good
James Stewart and Lee Marvin square off in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, the Citizen Kane of westerns -- about a Senator (Stewart) from the old west who returns who for the funeral of an old cowboy friend (the inimitable John Wayne), whereupon he is quizzed about his rise to power as a politician, thanks to his slaying of the evil highwayman Liberty Valance (Marvin). What follows is an unraveling of the legend behind the infamous shootout, when Stewart's pantywaist lawyer somehow outdid the rough-and-tumble villain.

A classic John Ford film (and one of the last black and white westerns to be made), Wayne and Stewart make a great Odd Couple in the podunk town of Shinbone. Unfortunately, the middle of the film sags under the overly patriotic history lessons we are given when Stewart takes it upon himself to teach the locals how to read and write. The ensuing fight for statehood isn't much better, except when Valance comes a-knockin'.

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Island In The Sky Review


Very Good
For the longest time, I didn't think anything was going to happen in Island in the Sky. In fact, the very title implies that nothing is going to happen: I figured a big bomber would be flying around during WWII, drop a few bombs on Dresden or something, maybe hit some resistance, and finally return home after a successful run over Germany.

Was I wrong: Island in the Sky takes place mostly on the ground, after a transport plane (piloted by Captain Dooley, played by John Wayne in an exemplary role) crashes in the frozen wilds of Newfoundland. The film -- after a good 40 minutes of useless exposition -- spends the bulk of its time dealing with their attempts to be rescued.

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Stagecoach Review


Very Good
Stagecoach is the archetypical Western -- a stagecoach full of crazies has to make it through Indian country in one piece. Though it was his 80th film (of nearly 200), Stagecoach made John Wayne into the superstar he eventually became. Mitchell won Best Supporting Actor for his role as the drunken Doc Boone, and the rest of the cast, notably Trevor as a hooker being run out of town, are memorable. The film has some amazing gaffes, including guns that kick but don't actually go "bang" and, again most notably, one rear-projected shot from the stagecoach where the Indian outside is riding the wrong way. Classic, yet hopelessly dated.

In Old Chicago Review


OK
You know the O'Learys? Who had the famous cow that started the Chicago fire?

Well, this is not their story.

Continue reading: In Old Chicago Review

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