John Wayne to kick-off new American West series in Scottsdale

The Marshal, Harry Jackson's bronze immortalizing John Wayne's role as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn ("True Grit") is now on view outside our theater. (Courtesy of the Tim Peterson Family Collection.)

The Marshal, Harry Jackson’s bronze immortalizing John Wayne’s role as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (“True Grit”) is now on view outside our theater. (Courtesy of the Tim Peterson Family Collection.)

A new series, The American West in Film and Television, is to kick off at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The first part of this monthly series, focused on western figure John Wayne, will be in the Virginia G. Piper Theater, 3830 N. Marshall Way. 

The event will include John Wayne anecdotes, film clips and quips by Charlie LeSueur, Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian and Western Spirit Fellow.

Mr. Wayne’s career spanned five decades and more than 160 feature films, making him one of the 20th century’s biggest stars.

Forever linked to the West through iconic roles in “Rio Bravo,” “True Grit,” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” Mr. Wayne also contributed to the development of Arizona’s early film industry.

This film event is included with museum admission, and is free to members. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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