July 6, 2022

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'Pure drivel' John Wayne's livid rejection of Steven Spielberg hid his 'secret disgrace'

After the US entered the Second World Warfare, many stars visited the troops to carry out and increase morale.

When Wayne visited navy camps in Australia and throughout the Pacific in 1942, he was horrified by their response.

One veteran recalled: “After my evacuation from Okinawa, I had the big pleasure of seeing Wayne humiliated in particular person at Aiea Heights Naval Hospital in Hawaii … Every night, Navy corpsmen would carry litters down the hospital theatre so the lads may watch a film. One night time they’d a shock for us.

Earlier than the movie, the curtains parted, and out stepped John Wayne, carrying a cowboy outfit – 10-gallon hat, bandana, checkered shirt, two pistols, chaps, boots and spurs.” 

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