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Feb 20, 201312:05 AMThe Telegraph

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Wednesday Western: 'Rooster Cogburn'

Feb 20, 2013 - 12:05 AM
Wednesday Western: 'Rooster Cogburn'

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Free for you to view on YouTube.com: Rooster Cogburn, the amiably enjoyable 1975 sequel to True Grit (1969), with John Wayne reprising his Oscar-winning performance as the title character, Katharine Hepburn as the spinster daughter of a preacher murdered by marauding outlaws – and Anthony Zerbe (of The Young Riders) as the leader of the murderous bad guys.

“My most vivid memory of John Wayne,” Zerbe said last year during an interview at the Nashville Film Festival, “involves Roscoe Lee Brown, my dear late friend. Roscoe had done The Cowboys with Wayne – which I thought was a wonderful movie – and when I got on Rooster Cogburn, I found Roscoe had apparently talked to Wayne about me

“So when I meet him for the first time – I didn’t know him well enough then to call him Duke, so I didn’t. But he came over to shake my hand. And I’d grown up watching this guy – he was probably in the first movie I ever saw.

“But I guess Roscoe had told him that I was an experienced stage actor, because he started doing this speech. Not like he was talking to me, but giving this speech. And then when he finished, he looked at me, and said, ‘Well?’

“And I just looked back at him, and put my hands up on his shoulders, and said, ‘You’re John Wayne, man. What do you mean, “Well?”’

“Because, really, what else could I say? ‘You need a little work on that?’”

By the way: Starting this Saturday, the Wednesday Western will become... the Weekend Western. Look for another free movie right here for your viewing enjoyment each and every Saturday.

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