Celebrate the 120th Birthday of John Ford, the Legendary Director Who Made John Wayne ‘the Duke’

In the larger-than-life world of film, John Ford stands above everyone. Though known for his Westerns, Ford is recognized as the best auteur of all time. He directed some of the most important films in history – Stagecoach, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Grapes of Wrath . . . set a record for winning the most Academy Awards for Best Director (six) . . . and continues to influence how today’s best directors shoot scenes and visually tell their stories.

And of course, says Ford historian  Joseph Malham, there’s John Wayne. It was Ford who took ‘the kid’ and turned him into ‘The Duke’, shaping Wayne’s on-screen persona and giving him his most memorable roles.

But Ford was a complex figure: he was a bullying, alcoholic, deeply sensitive genius who preferred to live outside the studio system. In later years Hollywood turned its back on him. On your show Malham will take your audience into the lives of Hollywood’s most fascinating personalities, as he shares:

  • What made Ford’s classic Westerns so great.
  • The Ford classic which has been remade a dozen times.
  •  Tales of Ford’s eccentric on-set behavior.
  • Ford’s amazing nearly 45-year friendship with Wayne.

CREDENTIALS: Historian and iconographer Joseph Malham offers new insight into the brilliant yet tortured genius of Hollywood legend, director John Ford. JOHN FORD: Poet in the Desert is his second book.

AVAILABILITY: IL, nationwide by arrangement and via telephone
CONTACT: Joe Malham, (312) 388-4566 (IL); joemalham@hotmail.com

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