Celebrate John Wayne with a Month-Long Marathon of His Greatest Classics

by Suzanne Halliburton

October isn’t exclusively for football games and Halloween. It’s also about John Wayne. And Outsider is here for all of it.

The appropriately named Cowboy Channel is celebrating what it calls Duketober. We’re not sure if the month requires appropriate decorations and attire. Still, find your best TV-watching hat and prop up your boots on the coffee table. Extra points if you can sport an HRW belt buckle. (True John Wayne lovers know about this accessory). You’ve got some viewing to do.

“Our fans absolutely adore John Wayne,” said Cowboy Channel CEO Raquel Koehler Gottsch. “And we couldn’t be happier to have a great relationship with his family and be able to share his movies with our audience and dedicate an entire month to such a western star legend.”

Plus, if you’d rather not trick or treat, then check out the Halloween John Wayne offering. The network is running Rio Grande, Sand of Iwo Jima, and The Shootist.

Thursday night’s John Wayne offerings are Big Jake and The Shootist.

John Wayne poster for ‘Big Jake’ (Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images)

The Cowboy Channel launched in 2017. It replaced the FamilyNet cable network. Before the relaunch, the station’s programming included a ton of TV shows from the 1970s and 80s. Now, it’s devoted to western sports and all things cowboy. Today’s lineup included episodes of The Lone Ranger and the Roy Rogers Show. And there was action from the National High School Rodeo Association and the Women’s Pro Rodeo Circuit.

So yes, John Wayne seems a perfect fit for the Cowboy Channel. It’s also based in Fort Worth, Texas. And that’s where you can find the John Wayne: An American Experience exhibit. The space, which is in the Fort Worth Stockyards, is 10,000 square feet of memories and memorabilia. The family also has picked out some never-before-seen photos of their dad for the exhibit. And, if you like to shop, there’s also 2,000 square feet of retail space. Plus, you can sit down in the Duke Lounge and have a glass of Duke Bourbon.

Duketober extends into the first week of November. There’s a live panel discussion planned for Nov. 3. The topic is Big Jake. The 1971 movie also starred Richard Boone and Maureen O’Hara. Wayne’s sons Ethan and Patrick also had roles in the film. Patrick portrayed James McCandles and Ethan was Little Jake McCandles. Here’s another fun fact about the movie. Robert Mitchum’s son, Christopher, also was in the film.

“He would be thrilled to learn that so many people still cherish his films after all these years,” Ethan Wayne said, according to Deadline.com. “And I know he’s smiling somewhere.”

You can check out the daily Cowboy Channel guide here to find when your favorite John Wayne movie is playing. And these are The Duke movies that will be playing throughout the month.