What Was John Wayne's First Movie?


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John Wayne first appeared as a leading man in 1930's "The Big Trail," directed by Raoul Walsh. He worked as a film extra while attending college in "Brown of Harvard" (1926) and "Drop Kick" (1927). He also worked as an extra on John Ford's "Mother Machree" (1928) after college.

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What Was John Wayne's First Movie?
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Wayne plays Breck Coleman in "The Big Trail." The character guides a wagon train of pioneers through various calamities while trying to locate the murderer of a trapper and falling in love with a fellow traveller. The film was not successful at the box office, but Walsh contributed to the creation of Wayne's screen name.

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