In this collection of John Wayne classics from the 1930s, The Duke proves he’s the master of the lone cowboy genre. In The Trail Beyond, he must find a friend’s missing daughter, while in The Star Packer, he plays a U.S. marshal on the trail of outlaws. In The Lawless Frontier, Wayne returns home after discovering that bandits murdered his parents. And in The Hurricane Express, he must find a disguised man terrorizing the railroad.
John Paterson McGowan (24 February 1880 – 26 March 1952) was a pioneering Hollywood actor and film director, occasionally too screenwriter and stunt actor. J.P. McGowan, as he was usually known, remains the only Australian to have been made a life member of the Screen Directors Guild (now Directors Guild of America).
Born in the then-bustling railway centre, Terowie in South Australia, McGowan grew up in Adelaide and Sydney. He was a capable horserider and served in the Second Boer War with Montmorency’s Scouts as a special dispatch rider.
From South Africa, McGowan was recruited to the U.S. to take part in a Boer War exhibit at the 1904 World’s Fair. He then began working in live theatre and in 1910 joined Kalem Studios in New York City. That year McGowan made his first film appearance in A Lad from Old Ireland as part of the crew that traveled to Ireland to do the first ever film shot on location outside of the United States. During his acting career, his horseback riding… read more