Dorothy Gulliver John Wayne in "The Shadow of The Eagle" Reproduc Photo 1932
Then came a little film in 1939 called "Stagecoach", directed by John Ford, who Duke had played many bit roles for and was already very good friends with. That film would make John Wayne a star and all it takes is one viewing to see why. His first appearance in the film is an unforgettable, iconic John Wayne image. The film itself is a western masterpiece and contains one of the all-time great stunts performed, of course, by Yakima Canutt and later paid tribute to in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"