John Wayne Films Airing This Week as Part of Month-Long Celebration: How to Watch

by Emily Morgan

INSP has exciting news for Western fans: they’re hosting a John Wayne movie marathon that will begin airing this week. The cable and satellite TV channel will play The Duke’s classic films leading into Christmas day and into the New Year. 

Appropriately titled “Westerns All the Way: A John Wayne Movie Month,” the marathon officially began earlier in the month with an airing of the 1967 film El Dorado. The move marathon has continued throughout the month, making social distancing a little easier for Western movie lovers.

Over the past few weeks, John Wayne enthusiasts have been relishing in broadcasts such as 1944’s Tall in the Saddle as well as 1973’s Cahill U.S. Marshal. Other films featured in the marathon have included Angel and the Badman, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Rio Lobo.

As the month comes to an end along with 2020, the channel is continuing the marathon. This week and next, viewers will be able to watch McLintock!The CowboysChisumBig JakeHondo, and True Grit, which will conclude the month-long marathon on Dec. 28. You can see the full lineup, including when each film is set to air, below. Click here to see how to access INSP.

John Wayne Classic Westerns To Expect:

McLintock! (1963)

When: Friday, Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. CST

Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills, and Yvonne DeCarlo

Elderly rancher George McLintock is a wealthy self-made man. Throughout the film, he is forced to deal with numerous personal and professional problems as everyone wants a piece of his farm. Those after the ranch include high-ranking government men, McLintock’s sons, and nearby Native Americans. As McLintock juggles his various adversaries, his wife, who left him two years previously, suddenly returns. However, she isn’t interested in her husband, rather, she wants custody of their daughter.

The Cowboys (1972)

When: Saturday, Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. CST

Starring: John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst, Robert Carradine, Slim Pickens, and other Western favorites

A veteran rancher, Wil Andersen is ready to embark on a cattle drive when his crew quits, joining in a gold rush. Left with no team, Anderson enlists the help of local schoolboys. Training the teens to be cowboys, Andersen manages to get the drive underway, but their journey is placed in jeopardy when the bandit, Long Hair, attempts to steal the herd.

Chisum (1970)

When: Sunday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. CST

Starring: John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Ben Johnson, Lynda Day George, Patric Knowles, Glenn Corbett, Geoffrey Deuel, and Christopher George

Kind-hearted John Chisum owns a large ranch in Lincoln County, New Mexico, in the 1870s. With the help of his sidekick, Pepper, and a young ranch hand nicknamed Billy the Kid, Chisum undergoes a battle with land developer Lawrence Murphy. Having bought up most of the nearby town and appointed a corrupt sheriff, Murphy now has his eye on Chisum’s ranch.

Big Jake (1971)

When: Sunday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. CST

Starring: John Wayne and his sons Patrick and Ethan as well as Christopher Mitchum

The avenging leader of the McCandle farm returns to his estranged family and leads the search for his kidnapped grandson. Big Jake sets off with his sons to deliver the ransom to the kidnappers but has little intention of handing it over without a fight.

Hondo (1953)

When: Sunday, Dec. 27 at 9:30 p.m. CST

Starring: John Wayne and Geraldine Page

An Indian scout attempts to bring a homesteader’s wife and son back to safety after her husband deserts her during an Apache attack. When she refuses to go, the scout stays with the wife and forms a bond with her and the son.

True Grit (1969)

When: Monday, Dec. 28 at 11:30 p.m. CST

Starring: John Wayne, Glen Campbell, and Kim Darby

After outlaw Tom Chaney murders her father, 14-year-old girl Mattie Ross hires Rooster Cogburn, a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf is also tracking Chaney for reasons of his own.