Highly engraved John Wayne
Commemorative Stagecoach S.A.A. .45 with wood hanging display board
and superbly engraved, looks stunning!!
parts, operates. functions like the real thing!
display model, functions, field-strips like the
length: 4 3/4in
Original box, authenticity certificate, wood hanging display board with plaque.
All in excellent condition.
signature on back-strap and famous D from Red River ( John Wayne - Cattle
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"Stagecoach" is a film in which two great careers were renewed. Although he had
appeared before in many films, as an extra, a stuntman and then an actor in B
films, this was John Wayne's first starring role in a film by John Ford.
The end of the
decade brought the opportunity to work with John Ford again, this time as a star
in “Stagecoach” (1939), the first John Ford movie filmed in Monument Valley.
After working at a breakneck pace in film for more than ten years, Wayne’s
on-screen style and unique delivery were established. Probably one of the
greatest entrance scenes in the movies, Wayne steals the movie with his physical
presence in the role as the rifle-toting Ringo Kid. Having worked as a property
man, Wayne knew how to use his tools of the trade. Also making its appearance in
“Stagecoach” was the 1892 Winchester carbine rifle Wayne modified himself. The
large loop lever and shortened barrel allowed Wayne to twirl it like a pistol.
In 1948, United Artists released Red River, the story of visionary rancher Tom
Dunson (Wayne) and his creation of a cattle empire from the early days of the
settling of the west to later years when his ruthless individualistic values
clash with those of his adopted son, played by Montgomery Clift. John
Ford’sStagecoach had established Wayne as a star in 1939. Ford’s viewing of Red
River prompted him to say of Wayne, “I didn’t know the big son of a bitch could
act.” John Wayne, the actor, was born.
Howard Hawks the director of Red River had silver belt buckles with a twisted
silver wire rope edge, a D and two wavy lines in solid gold, the words “Red
River” in gold wire and various initials and the date 1946 in cut gold made up
as gifts for some of the cast and crew. These buckles have been known since as
the Red River D belt buckles. John Wayne wore a Red River D belt buckle in a
number of his later westerns including Rio Bravo, El Dorado and Rio Lobo, all
directed by Howard Hawks. In total Wayne wore a Red River D belt buckle in nine