John Wayne Estate Gets Ready for the New Year With a Pic of The Duke Dressed To the Nines

by Joe Rutland

John Wayne always knew how to look good when he went out to an event. Getting ready for New Year’s Eve? The Duke has you covered.

The John Wayne Estate shared this super-cool photo of him looking pretty dapper.

Let’s see how Wayne got all set to celebrate an evening out with friends in this Instagram post.

Duke Spirits handles alcohol in, well, the spirit of The Duke.

What a fantastic old-school photo of John Wayne and friends. It looks like one of those Hollywood parties that people talked about for years afterward.

Oh yes, the fans did speak out on this snap.

One writes, “No champagne for Duke Wayne!” He could see that Wayne did not have a fancy-looking glass as others in the picture. Must have had some scotch or bourbon in there. We don’t know, Outsiders, but it sure as heck was not champagne in there.

Another fan shares, “The Duke was a handsome man”. Looking like a million bucks? Not hard to do for John Wayne.

Finally, this fan offers up a thought regarding those drinks: “Wish I could afford them. I’d join ya in a drink”. The fan was probably just desiring to join the crew in some Duke Spirits.

This obviously was a far distance from the Western scenes fans know and love John Wayne for all over the world.

John Wayne Once Told James Arness That He Would Never Make It In Films. Here’s Why

What in the world would John Wayne say to keep someone like James Arness out of movies?

Well, it’s pretty simple but let’s get there in a minute.

Wayne starred in numerous Westerns, of course. Arness? Heck, we all know that he played Marshal Matt Dillon for 20 seasons on Gunsmoke.

No movies, though? Duke Wayne was chatting with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

When he was offered a chance at a TV series, he turned it down but suggest Arness for a role.

“Try and make your mark in TV,” he said, “because you’re not going to make it in movies. You’re too tall. Actors like me and Gregory Peck and Gary Cooper don’t want you towering over us.”

Among the great Wayne movies are The Searchers, True Grit, El Dorado, The Alamo, and Rooster Cogburn.

The actor was one of a kind. He also fought cancer with great bravery but lost a final battle in 1979.

Arness had quite a cast around him on CBS. Actors like Amanda Blake, Dennis Weaver, Burt Reynolds, Milburn Stone, and Buck Taylor, among others, throughout the show’s long, successful run.