1967: Wayne prepares for ‘Berets’

From The Army Archerd Archive

Feb. 13, 1967

GOOD MORNING: John Wayne frankly admits he wishes he’d thought of doing a “Gallant Men”-type album. Sen. Everett Dirksen’s (Capitol) platter continues on the top-seller list. However, Wayne also admits he has no ambitions to be another actor-politician. But he’ll be active, as usual, in the next campaign, he assures… Now he’s waiting word from the Pentagon on the “Green Berets” script sent ’em this week. Where will it be filmed? “Wherever they suggest — and where there’s equipment,” Wayne adds… There’s also a chance son Pat will be in the film — as Duke’s son. Mike Wayne produces the Viet war opus — and he soon undergoes surgery to have a pin removed from his leg, injured in an auto accident in ’65… (2007 update: Patrick Wayne did indeed join the cast of “Green Berets” directed by his father in 1967. Last weekend, Patrick winged to Tanzania to join a safari trekking the same sites where Wayne, pere, filmed “Hatari.” Meanwhile, 37 other members of the Wayne family are in Winterest, Iowa, population 4,000, for the weekend celebration of John Wayne’s birth, May 26, 1907. Events include a groundbreaking ceremony for the new John Wayne Museum and learning center, adjacent to the John Wayne birthplace restored to reflect its appearance in 1907. Other Wayne toastings included a screening in Cannes, Monday of “Hondo,” originally released in 3-D when it bowed in 1953. BATJAC’s president, Gretchen Wayne showed the digitally restored 3-D pic to fest cheers. And Thursday night, the Academy and president Sid Ganis paid tribute to Wayne plus a screening, in CinemaScope, of the William Wellman-directed “High and The Mighty” (1954) preceded by a discussion on Wayne hosted by yours truly with Gretchen Wayne, Angie Dickinson (“Rio Bravo”), Nancy Olson (“Big Jim McLain”), Karen Sharpe Kramer (“High and The Mighty”), and William Wellman Jr. Happy birthday, Duke.

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