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Poster Collection Gives ‘The Duke’ Top Billing

Poster Collection Gives ‘The Duke’ Top Billing
John Wayne in director John Ford's Stagecoach

While at USC, Marion Morrison was known as a dedicated pre-law student and a 6-foot-4 inch offensive lineman whose football career was cut short by a bodysurfing injury.

The rest of the world soon would know Morrison as John Wayne, the quintessential cinematic cowboy.

Throughout his iconic film career, Wayne often starred as the tough patriot who fought against adversity wherever he found it.

Wayne particularly is remembered for his long association with filmmaker John Ford, who directed The Duke – a moniker given to him as a youth and derived from the name of his trusty Airedale Terrier – in more than 20 westerns, including Stagecoach, The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence.

Last year, Wayne’s heirs donated to USC a collection of more than 1,000 movie posters, one-sheets, daybills and lobby cards. The USC Cinematic Arts Library holds the John Wayne Movie Poster Collection on the ground floor of Doheny Memorial Library.

Nearly 24 of Wayne’s movie posters currently are on display on the first floor of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The posters feature Wayne as some of his most memorable characters, including Quirt Evans (Angel and the Badman), Captain Nathan Brittles (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), Davy Crockett (The Alamo) and Rooster Cogburn (True Grit), the role that earned him an Academy Award.

The display in the center’s Trojan Family Room – which features posters and other memorabilia from the USC Cinematic Arts Library, including the hat Wayne wore in Hondo – runs through April 8.

To learn more about the John Wayne Movie Poster Collection, contact USC Cinematic Arts librarian Steve Hanson at (213) 740-7273 or

Poster Collection Gives ‘The Duke’ Top Billing

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