“John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara’s friendship spanned nearly 3 decades and the two had great respect for one another,” The Duke’s estate posts to their official Instagram Wednesday.
Within, an excellent throwback clip of John Wayne and O’Hara shows their beautiful friendship. The respect these two had for one another is beyond evident, as The Duke demonstrates through his own words.
In the footage, a reporter tells Wayne that he’s “bridged a generational gap like no one else,” because his two “very young nephews won’t miss a John Wayne picture!”
To which The Duke replies with a swagger: “That’s because Maureen is in most of them!”
O’Hara lights up with a darling smile.
“She’s been your wife a good many times!” the reporter adds. To which O’Hara brilliantly responds: “His fighting partner!” Damn straight!
“We’ve never seen any of those love scenes,” Wayne replies genuinely. “It’s always a… Skillet to her bottom, or dragging her through sheep scuff in Ireland!”
“But there’s no way to make her not look beautiful,” the reporter interjects.
“There’s no way to make her not look beautiful,” John Wayne decrees. “Ford tried to make her unattractive in a few scenes – and it was impossible!” he continues of legendary director John Ford – or Jack, as The Duke knew him.
Give the phenomenal throwback a spin for yourself for more from these late screen legends. It’s well worth it for any fan of either! A fan of one is surely a fan of both, fella.
Fans Choose Their Favorite John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara Pairings
Of this iconic pairing, the John Wayne estate asks fans via their official Instagram: “What is your favorite movie the two made together?”
“The Quiet Man,” the top follower response reads. Other John Wayne fans are quick to answer, with many echoing this iconic film.
“The Quiet Man, and McLintock, also love Big Jake,” offers fan DJ.
Follower Tinker, however, says it is a “Coin toss between McLintock and The Quiet Man.”
These three films make up the majority of replies, until one fan hits with “Rio Grande” and several clapping emojis. This 1950 Western, the third installment of legendary director John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy”, follows Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and is an absolute classic of the genre John Wayne would define alongside O’Hara.
As for the top answer, The Quiet Man would see Irish screen siren Maureen O’Hara pair with The Duke again in 1952. This time, however, the duo would play outside the Western genre. Wayne, as retired American boxer Sean Thornton, returns to the village of his birth in Ireland. There, he falls head-over-heels for a spirited redhead, O’Hara’s Mary Kate, whose brother is contemptuous of their union, per IMDb‘s synopsis.
Time to fire up some John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara pairings tonight!