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BOOK REVIEW FROM  Sean Gill  http://juntajuleil.blogspot.com/2013/05/book-review-three-bad-men-john-ford.html

Monday, May 27, 2013
Book Review: THREE BAD MEN: JOHN FORD, JOHN WAYNE, WARD BOND (2013, Scott Allen Nollen)

I’m a longtime fan of John Ford (who isn’t, really?), the patron-saint of Monument Valley, born-again Irishman, and director of some of the best-constructed, most thoughtful films to come out of Hollywood, from THE INFORMER to THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE to THE QUIET MAN to THE GRAPES OF WRATH.
John Wayne is, so to speak, John Wayne, though his work frequently transcends the “movie star” mold with a dancer’s grace and a touch of madness like in Ford’s THE SEARCHERS, Hawks’ RED RIVER, and Siegel’s THE SHOOTIST.
Then, there’s Ward Bond: a character actor extraordinaire who played brutes and cowpokes and priests and boxers across more than two hundred films. Though his supporting work with Ford and Wayne is why he’s included in this trio, my soft spot for him will always be his one and only shot at top-billing in 1942’s HITLER: DEAD OR ALIVE, a film that clearly inspired INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and contains the fabulous spectacle of Ward slapping the shit out of Hitler himself …before proceeding to force-shave off his mustache!

Anyway, I just finished reading Scott Allen Nollen’s in-depth examination of the lives and work of these three cinematic giants, and I highly recommend it as a fascinating study for burgeoning old-Hollywood aficionados and serious fans of cinema alike. Chronologically tracing the intertwining lives of these three “good-bad men” who were not unlike the characters in their films (Ford directed Bond and Wayne in nearly thirty pictures each), Nollen is at once objective and affectionate in his analysis, and there’s a wealth of source material including documents, letters, telegrams, and plenty of rare photographs. There are riveting anecdotes (I may now actually be inspired to read Harry Carey, Jr.’s autobiography), some great yarn-spinning (including tales of Ward Bond’s brutish, high-flying, indecent-exposing, Wile E. Coyote-style antics and his ruining of a key scene in THE SEARCHERS when he unplugged the camera to plug in his electric razor!), and the work definitely touches on their peccadillos and absurdities, though never salaciously.

It’s deftly written and never dry; while many books of this kind become bogged down by academic posturing, Nollen remains true to the spirit of his subjects and opts for a two-fisted, no bullshit approach. I really appreciate how deeply he throws himself into the work, freely admitting “a meaningful (though a bit one-sided) conversation with a tombstone or two.” He’s as a film writer should be– intense, obsessive, and highly-focused; reverent without succumbing to hollow adulation.

The main drive of the work is the examination of the complex personal and working relationship between the three (though large swaths of the book are dedicated to advancing the underrated Ward Bond to his rightful place in the pantheon). None of these men could really be pinned down or branded with a particular stereotype– each had a volatile mix of id and ego (often sprinkled heavily with alcohol) that fused together to create a kind of perfect storm of filmic art.
The complex psychology of Ford’s relationships with the two men is indeed worthy of an entire volume– you see a strange kind of ownership emerge, resulting from Ford’s “discovering” of the two actors. This ownership was generally expressed in verbal (and often physical) sadism as Ford became master of his “whipping boys,” something which may have even tied into his potential bisexuality:

“Ford loved John Wayne and Ward Bond, but his true sexual orientation wasn’t something he would have discussed with them, or anyone else. When it came to his own life and psyche, Pappy [Ford] avoided the truth, exaggerated, lied, or just didn’t ‘have any goddamn idea.’ The positive emotions he felt for his two favorite actors and whipping boys may have been the underlying cause of his negative, sadistic treatment of them (and himself); but even a lifetime of psychoanalysis may not have ‘proved’ anything.”

Vindictive and controlling, Ford “froze out” Wayne for eight years when he appeared in a rival director’s Western (Raoul Walsh’s THE BIG TRAIL) and later, when Bond made serious forays into television (WAGON TRAIN) and Wayne tried to direct a picture of his own (THE ALAMO), Ford would sometimes install himself as a presence on set and attempt to undermine/co-opt the work therein. These behaviors even extended beyond the trio– he punched out Henry Fonda (!) on MISTER ROBERTS and made cruel, deliberate use of alcohol to wring earth-shattering, hungover performances out of the likes of Victor McLaglen in THE INFORMER and Woody Strode in SERGEANT RUTLEDGE.

Though he reveals these men “warts and all,” Nollen also paints a portrait of devoted friends and masterful artists whose lives and creative outlets meshed almost completely. (For instance, despite the abuse, Ford chose Bond to play his own alter-ego in the deeply personal THE WINGS OF EAGLES.)

Nollen takes on the accusations of racism in Ford’s films, and reveals his struggle to show all sides despite the constraints of the system– especially evident in films like THE SEARCHERS, SERGEANT RUTLEDGE, and CHEYENNE AUTUMN. He tackles the strange political spectrum of the men, too, with John Ford’s patriotic progressivism, Wayne’s conservatism, and Ward Bond’s ultraconservatism (and yet it was Ford who took his camera overseas into the crucible of World War II while Wayne and Bond remained in Hollywood). He doesn’t shy away from Ward Bond’s shameful behavior in the McCarthy era as a supporter of the blacklist:

“The social climbing Bond’s ultimate political affront to Ford involved an invitation to a party he was throwing for Senator Joseph McCarthy. His great mentor [Ford] simply answered, ‘You can take your party and shove it. I wouldn’t meet that guy in a whorehouse. He’s a disgrace and a danger to our country.'”

Bond’s involvement with the blacklist feels like a moral counterpoint to Ford’s extensive work with the U.S. armed forces in World War II and beyond, and much attention here is paid to his military career (I learned that in North Africa a Nazi actually surrendered himself to John Ford!)

Along the way, Nollen delves into a vast spectrum of material including Ford’s relationship with his older brother Francis (mentor, actor, and silent film director), Ford’s gleeful propensity for Chaucer/Shakespearean-style low comedy and his hilariously bizarre obsession with highlighting Ward Bond’s “horse’s ass” in shot compositions (“Although FORT APACHE is a serious examination of the mythology of the American West, it humorously can be branded Ford’s ‘ass-travaganza'”). Of particular interest to me were Ford’s work with Victor McLaglen (whose performance in THE INFORMER is one of the greatest in filmdom), his direction of genius child actor and later genre-movie legend Roddy McDowall in HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY, Bond’s artistic process as unofficial show-runner on WAGON TRAIN, and the compelling, touching latter-day friendship between Ford and Woody Strode– and the book certainly has some genuinely emotional, poignant moments as the three “good-bad” men’s lives dwindle to a close.

In the end, it definitely gets you amped up to watch some John Ford films– I’ve probably seen at least two dozen or so at this point, but there’s still scores more I need to get my hands on, and there’s obviously some big gaps in my knowledge. For instance, since I’ve read THREE BAD MEN, MISTER ROBERTS, THEY WERE EXPENDABLE, 3 GODFATHERS, and WAGON MASTER have now leapt to the forefront of my queue.

THREE BAD MEN is published by McFarland (Order line: 800-253-2187), ISBN 978-0-7864-5854-7
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Duke’s Birthday

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Happy 106th Birthday Duke! Hope You, Ward, and Pappy have a blast!

 
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Book Review: Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond.

Third review out of the 23 I chose for Scott’s book. Scott says that Toby got exactly what he Intended to project! Check it out and don’t forget to leave a post for Toby…….probably will want to sign up for his blog, also. KEITH

50 Westerns From The 50s.

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John Ford didn’t have much interest in discussing his creative process. Anybody who’s read a book or two on him knows he downplayed his incredible artistry (and sentimentality) at every turn, preferring to fall back on his reputation (deserved) as a mean old man who happened to make great movies.

Ford’s greatest collaborator, John Wayne, worked very hard to look like he wasn’t working at all. The fact that so many today think of Wayne as more a personality than an actor shows how well he succeeded.

Ward Bond was a natural, plain and simple. Over 200 films and a TV series, Wagon Train, certainly benefited from his style (or lack of style).

942276_10152879710740495_1097840882_nThe politics of these three men were as varied as their approach to their craft, but they formed a fast friendship that lasted for decades — from Wayne and Bond playing football at USC in the…

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Three Bad Men John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond by Scott Allen Nollen

This review is from Mike’s Film Talk. He saw Colin’s from Riding the High Country and has done a super job on this one without repeating Colin…..hard to do. Thanks Mike Sign up for His blog, and make sure you click on the Stars to show if you like it. KEITH

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Growing up all three of these men were an integral part of my childhood. Specifically John “Pappy” Ford in the cinemas and of course John Wayne ‘Duke’ and Ward Bond as well, but Mr Bond had the added distinction of being in my folks’ living rooms each week as Major Seth Adams, in Wagon Train.

Of course, I saw all the films and television shows long after they were initially made. The films, I saw on Saturday night at the movies (usually accompanied by a huge bowl of popcorn and a tall ice filled glass of Coca-Cola) and the Wagon Train episodes I watched were the newer ones with John McIntire with the occasional re-run with Ward Bond in. Come to think of it, the McIntire ones were probably re-runs as well.

I do remember with perfect clarity that my family adored the John Wayne film Rio Bravo…

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Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond – Scott Allen Nollen

As I gathered the reviewers for Three Bad Men, I thought first of Colin from Riding the High Country. I have always found his film and actor reviews to be exceptional. However, he had never written a book review. I asked him anyway. Not only did he come out with the first one, but anyone will be hard pressed to provide as complete, fair, and accurate accounting of this
book as Colin has. If you don’t have him in your “favorites”, just read this…..he will be shortly! HAWKS WILL (KEITH)

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Biographies and critiques of the work of John Ford and John Wayne abound to be perfectly frank. As such, any new volume on these men needs to offer some different spin on familiar material, another perspective if you like. Scott Nollen’s new book – Three Bad Men:John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond – does so by examining the lives and careers of not only Ford and Wayne but Bond too. It’s quite common to see works which examine the complex relationship that Ford and Wayne had but Bond tends to be given lower billing. While Nollen makes it clear that Ford was without doubt the prime mover, he also focuses on the significant role Bond played in the old director’s life and that of Wayne. In short, the book establishes just how inextricably these three men were linked on both a personal and professional level.

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51 YEARS WARD IS GONE

Ward Wagon Train     This is an article I posted on Facebook on the anniversary of Ward Bond’s death.  I post something about him every year.  The one in 2012 was called Wagonmaster 1950 and was originally posted on Speakeasy, an excellent blog by Katrina  http://hqofk.wordpress.com/  She has one of the best articles on Ward Bond ever written.  Both articles are still on her blog and continue to receive comments.

51 years ago today, Duke (John) Wayne got a call from Terry Wilson, (Bill Hawks on Wagon Train).

He said, “Hold on……Ward just dropped dead”. The two men cried together as many would in the days to come. Ward Bond had died of a massive heart attack at a football game in Dallas where he had gone to make an appearance for a friend.

Pappy, (director John Ford), closed his movie set down and he, Ken Curtis, (Festus on Gunsmoke), and Harry Carey, Jr. flew to Dallas to bring Ward’s wife and him home. Ken and Harry who were both excellent singers sang at the funeral and were pall bearers along with Duke, Terry Wilson and Frank McGrath, (Wagon Train’s Charlie Wooster). Duke choked out a short eulogy which I only just found part of yesterday. In obvious distress, he said, “Ward and I were the greatest of friends from school days right on through. He was a wonderful, generous, big hearted man.” Short, simple, but it said it all. Terry Wilson was heard to say that Ward, “had a heart as big as this room”. Ward has been an Air Raid Warden since his epilepsy kept him out of the service, so he received a military funeral with flag draped coffin and full honors.

Ward had 250 pictures to his credit, including Gone with the Wind in 1939 and The Searchers which Terry and Frank were not only stuntmen, but Rangers, in the wedding party and the fight, and were in the dance scene also. They were seen in many of the movies directed by Pappy Ford. Before his death out of the 100 Great American movies, Ward was the actor in the most.

Duke said that Ward, Pappy Ford, and himself were a triumvirate…..best friends and did most everything together when possible. Ward was Duke’s best man, and Duke was Ward’s with Henry Fonda giving away Maisie…Ward’s bride. When Pappy Ford was dying, he called for Duke to come down to the Springs. As Duke sat by his bedside, Pappy asked, “Duke, do you ever think of Ward?” “All the time”, said Duke. Pappy then said, “Let’s have a little drink to Ward.” That was 13 years after Ward’s death…..Pappy died the next day.

Wagon Train was Ward’s greatest claim to fame. The four regulars, Ward, as Major Seth Adams, Bill, Charlie, and Flint built a special comradery on set that was never to be duplicated. Duke said, “Wagon Train may be able to replace him…..but I never will”. And neither will I. He was one H_ll of an actor and man. Hope you guys are as happy up there as you were down here and making movies for when, and if, I arrive!

 
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WAGON MASTER 1950 by Keith Payne

Wagonmaster 1950

WAGON MASTER 1950  by Keith Payne                                                                                                                              34 Comments

In honor of the anniversary of the death of Ward Bond 11/5/1960

Ward Bond, although probably the most underrated actor of all time, will be remembered longer than most of the stars who won multiple academy awards. Why? A big part of it is a little film made in 1950 by legendary director John “Pappy” Ford called Wagon Master. This film was named many times by Pappy as being one of his favorites. He was one of the most visual of directors, at this time working near the peak of his career, and he called Wagon Master not only his favorite Western but described it as, “along with The Fugitive (1947) and The Sun Shines Bright (1953), the closest to being what I had wanted to achieve.”

In a rare starring role, Ward Bond plays the leader of a group of Mormons who, shunned by society, struggle to cross the American West to reach their “promised land,” where they can settle and form a community. They ask two horse traders (Ben Johnson and Harry Carey, Jr.) who know the territory to lead their wagon train. It takes some convincing, but they finally agree to do it, and the rest of the story follows their journey and the obstacles they must overcome, including Indians, gunmen, and Mother Nature. Yet the story often pauses to revel in the characters dancing, whittling or singing (the soundtrack is packed with old Western songs), and to show pastoral sequences of the wagons simply moving through the landscape or crossing a river. These scenes become the emotional core of the film, and they undoubtedly are what Ford was so satisfied to have achieved.*

Although Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru and Harry Carey, Jr. received top billing on the film, Ward was paid the top money, $20,000 for a film with a 1 million dollar budget. Dobe Carey said many times that Ward actually was the star and was the glue for the entire movie. One quote from his book, “A Company of Heroes” was that he had great regard for Ward Bond and said that he brought stability in every scene he was in.

One scene required Ward to break up a fight between Sandy and one of the Mormons. Pappy had wanted two of the dogs who had been fighting each other most of the filming days to be fighting in the background. Instead, when the take began, both dogs froze, then one took off and the other ran in and tore Ward’s pants as he was separating the boys. Being the consummate actor he was, Ward continued on with the scene. At the end, Mrs. Ledyarde blew her horn, (which, by the way really sounds like that unless you have enough wind to blow it…I know, I have one), to help separate the two, and then saw the tear in Ward’s trousers. It happened to be large and right at the spot where he had been subjected to years of operations, grafts, and physical therapy for a leg that was almost completely severed in the 40s. In fact, Ward had only in the last few years just been able to walk without aid of a cane, and in some scenes did not have to wear the large heavy brace. I suppose the actress just couldn’t suppress the chance to see what that famous injury looked like, because she reached down and parted the trousers right in front of the camera. Ward and her reaction cannot be seen in the film, but here it is below. You can see her open the pants and see the large dent in his leg just above the knee.

Next shows Ward covering his leg and his shock that she would do such a thing, especially on camera.

This shows that she has realized what she has done to a man who was her friend. Luckily, Ward was not the type to hold a grudge. She guest starred on Wagon Train a few times.

Pappy Ford sent Duke Wayne a telegram telling him about the incident and said he hoped the dog had had his rabies shot! Of course, the dog had only torn the pants, not bitten Ward.

Another scene involving Ward occurred when Ben Johnson and Ward were riding along the river looking for a crossing. In the commentary with Peter Bogdanovich, Dobe Carey had been saying that Pappy Ford had given Ward a horse that was too small for him, (obviously trying to make Ben look taller than he was since he was the Wagon Master). Well, all of a sudden, down the horse went. Ward was able to spring free as the horse fell on his left side and could have severely damaged his never completely healed leg. Ward jumped up, strode to catch the horse, all the time adlibbing about the horse’s clumsiness. However, you can easily see in frame by frame that Ben’s horse was mired up to his fetlocks…..apparently they were in deep mud or quicksand.

Down goes Ward’s horse with him on it.


Next picture shows Ben’s horse Steele’s back legs mired up, with him trying to get him out.

Ben comes over and tells Ward about the quicksand, and it wasn’t the horse’s fault. Ward remounts and says, “Sorry horse”!
So, that night Pappy Ford sent Duke Wayne another telegram this time saying that Ward took a bad horse fall on his injured leg side but that he and horse were OK.

This movie was almost a musical with all the songs by the Sons of the Pioneers, even Ward, Ben, and Dobe sang a bit. Then they had two celebration dances. You could see the exuberance on Ward’s face as once, he never thought he would walk again, and there he was whooping it up on the dance floor!

So, now you know why one of the most underrated actors of all time will be remembered longer than the legendary, Oscar winners will be. Because, that fun little movie brought Ward Bond the role of Major Seth Adams in Wagon Train which is still a household show all over the world even 52 years to THIS DAY after Ward’s Death.

WE, YOUR FANS, WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU, WARD, BUT ARE THANKFUL KNOWING YOU ARE WITH YOUR BUDDIES, DUKE, PAPPY, HANK FONDA, AND ALL THE REST! WARD BOND LEFT US NOVEMBER 5, 1960

all pictures provided by Keith, except for the 1st pic (source)

you can find Keith on facebook (need to be logged in) but make sure to leave us some comments here

*  credit for paragraph to Tom Correa, who wrote this post on Ward’s life

and the Ward post here at Speakeasy 

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18 thoughts on “Wagon Master (1950)”

  1. Elise RicheyNov 5 2012 at 5:01 pm
    Great post. I never get tired of Ward Bond stories. I absolutely agree that he was underrated as an actor. I always think that he would have been fun to sit across the table from and shoot the breeze. I know that he was very politically opinionated and was involved with the HUAC and that had an affect on his career. There’s a comment made by John Ford one time that goes something like this: “Oh, that big ugly is full of shit, but he’s the kind of shit I like”.
    1. Keith PayneNov 7 2012 at 1:38 pm
      Thanks ELISE, I know you as a true Ward fan as well as others such as Terry Wilson, Frank McGrath, Dobe Carey and many of Pappy’s Stock Troupe. I neglected to give you credit for the info you gave me from Dobe’s book where he said that he had great regard for Ward Bond and said that he brought stability in every scene he was in. The rest you sent I had already written about but appreciate greatly everything you send me for the book. And I WILL not forget you again! I trust you see that some of what Dobe put in his book was not always correct as the screen catches show. However it is one of the foremost authorities on the majority of the actors and prominent stunt men. Thanks again for your additions. Oh, do you perchance know where that comment at the end of your reply came from? Would like to add it to all else. Keith (the old lady one)!
    1. Keith PayneNov 7 2012 at 1:41 pm
      Thanks Mark, due to your immense knowledge of all things western and many others, I consider your comments to be diamonds in the rough! You DO like those screen captures, don’t you, LOL! I think they go a long way to “proving” what you are writing about, especially when it is a new addition to previous knowledge. KEITH
  2. PPNov 7 2012 at 5:57 am
    As already mentioned, I love learning new stories and insights into Ward’s life. I hadn’t heard these and the screen captures are fantastic!
    1. Keith PayneNov 7 2012 at 1:45 pm
      Thanks PP. As known by the folks at JWMB, your comments are thoroughly appreciated. You and Mark both should sign up to Kristina’s blog….you will find some interesting things on the Classics, and many times a most helpful friend if you need a question answered.
  3. paniolotomNov 9 2012 at 3:48 am
    Keith, I love your article on Ward Bond. Since he was one of the greats that I still enjoy watching, it means a lot to me that you took the time to help me with my article on Ward Bond. It is all about getting it right, isn’t it? You are a great gal! A fine writer. Much thanks!
  4. Debbie StuckiNov 10 2012 at 10:46 am
    I’m not an authority on old Westerns, but, I can appreciate good writing and your passion for the genre and in particular Ward Bond. Keep it up and your drawing, too.
    1. hawkswillNov 12 2012 at 7:55 am
      I appreciate the nice comment Debbie. You are the only one who has commented on my ” passion” for Ward, and that it is. If you even see Wagon Master on the Classics channel, take the time out to watch it…..he, Ben, Dobe, and some of the other folks of Pappy’s Stock Troupe may become favorites of yours, also. And have started a site for my sketches. So far, only one page is available, and it will change greatly before I am finished, (it is not published yet but you can find it here):
      http://everythingwesternfilms.homestead.com/Sketches.html?_=1352724681671
      HAGO, KEITH
  5. kristinaPost authorNov 5 2012 at 1:17 pm
    super for your first post! now I hope you make it a habit so I can host you, won’t spill any beans but boy do you have a lot of great stories and memories to share, look forward to other people reading them. thanks!
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    1. William O’Hara Nov 15 2012 at 12:11 am
      Meticulous research and visual confirmation to back it. I’ve seen this film many times but never connected the dots. Well done. I look forward to future revelations, Keith.
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      1. hawkswill Nov 15 2012 at 9:54 am
        Thanks William. Am thinking of giving Kristina here at Speakeasy some fairly unknown facts about The Searchers….thought it had all been written many times……maybe not? KEITH
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    2. Toby Nov 28 2012 at 12:34 pm
      The “accidents” that made their way into Wagon Master are a large part of its charm, giving it a randomness and goofiness that seems very real.Thanks for pointing a few of them out.
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      1. hawkswill Nov 29 2012 at 11:13 am
        Thanks Ringo. And glad to teach you about blogs. Should open a whole new world to you. Ringo is a regular on the John Wayne Message Board with me. It is the most complete site on Duke that you will find. It also discusses all types of movies and actors, musical scores, etc. from Film Noir to Vampires! And I don’t believe you will find anything that can compare to the original Posters, lobby cards, etc. that are displayed in the archives.
        http://www.dukewayne.com KEITH
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    3. Scott Allen Nollen Jan 4 2013 at 11:35 pm
      WAGON MASTER is a magnificent film, and I share John Ford’s own assessment of it. I enjoyed Keith Payne’s article very much. It includes a nice level of personal detail that most fans of Bond would not know. (My forthcoming book, THREE BAD MEN: JOHN FORD, JOHN WAYNE, WARD BOND, will be available soon.) I really appreciate Keith’s dedication to Ward’s (yes, VERY underrated) talent, and attention to so many interesting details about the making of the film and Ward’s part in it. A fine job, indeed. I share Keith’s enthusiasm about Ward, whom I argue is THE supreme American character actor (in the introduction of my book).
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      1. hawkswillk Jan 5 2013 at 1:06 am
        Thanks Scott. For as much as you know about Ward and the memorabilia that you have of his, I just cannot wait for your book. Plus, it is FINALLY a book about one of the most memorable and greatest triumverates in pictures both on and off stage. From what I have
        read on your Facebook page and from talking with you, it is obvious you are probably the most knowledgeable person concerning the relationship of these three most talented men. Please check out The Facebook page for THREE BAD MEN………it has letters from Ward to his family……….well, won’t spoil it. Also, there is a link where the book can be ordered pre-publication. http://www.facebook.com/ThreeBadMenJohnFordJohnWayneWardBond
        mcfarlandpub.com
        http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com
        And the author and crew who put together this book will be glad to answer your questions and hear your stories. Many thanks to Kristina for giving us the privilege of introducing his book to her followers. KEITH
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      2. kristina Post authorJan 5 2013 at 8:26 am
        hi welcome to the blog, and thanks for your kind words, as a Bond fan I hope you find and enjoy my article on his life as well. Really looking forward to your book– the more attention these people receive the better and that trio was such a great combo. 🙂 thanks to you both, so glad to provide this gathering place for fans of Bond et al
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    4. Bob Jan 16 2013 at 5:55 pm
      Great article Keith! I enjoyed it very much! And thanks for pointing me toward Kristina’s great site, I will be back here quite a bit, I think, and I look forward to more of your writing too!
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    5. MikesFilmTalk May 2 2013 at 9:29 am
      Marilyn sent me, you came highly recommended and I can see why! Great post about a great and often underrated actor. You’ve got a new follower! Cheers for the wonderful post mate! 😀
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      1. Keith Payne May 2 2013 at 12:12 pm
        Thanks Mike. Be sure to read Kristina’s post on Ward Bond. Until Scott’s book came out, it was by far the best on Ward I had read. And I thank her again for hosting me here.
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    6. garryarmstrong May 2 2013 at 11:50 am
      Keith, I LOVE this piece on “Wagonmaster”. It’s one of my favorites. You nailed it when you said it’s almost a musical. Ford so weaved in the music with the story that it is an integral part of the film. Your anecdotes about the film are marvelous. I’ve always considered myself a “maven” but am learning things I never knew. As I said elsewhere, I look forward to sharing some of my anecdotes with you more directly. I think we’ll have fun.
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    7. Keith Payne May 2 2013 at 12:15 pm
      Thanks Garry. Oh, I think we have a great many things to share! Thanks for your kind words about my little piece. I do one every year on the anniversary of Ward’s death. Check my reply to Mike who Marilyn recommended. Kristina’s article on Ward will hold you quite well until you get Scott’s book……..she did a bang up job! KEITH

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