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The John Wayne Film Society’s 39th Members Convention

Saturday 18th April 2015 at the Create Theatre

The Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Derby Road, Mansfield Nottinghamshire (From 11.00am until 5.00pm)
Memorabilia Doors Open at 10.00am.
Theatre Doors open at 10.00am

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The Films To Be Screened In HD Quality Are:-

Wake Of The Red Witch (1949) - Showing at 11.00am

At 11.00am –
  – (1949) (106 Minutes-Black & White) During the 1860s, the mighty Red Witch sails the South Pacific under the ruthless command of its skipper, Capt. Ralls. One day, Ralls decides to "scuttle," or intentionally ground the ship, which is carrying five million dollars in gold bullion. Ralls orders his assistant, Antonio "Ripper" Arrezo, to lock the navigator, Loring, inside his cabin while he drives the ship onto a reef. When it sinks, the crew abandons ship. Later, First Mate Sam Rosen, Ripper and Capt. Ralls are called before a court of inquiry, at which Loring testifies that Mayrant Ruysdaal Sidneye, whose trading company, Batjak, owned the ship, had sent Ralls an order relieving him of his duties. When questioned, Ralls lies, saying that he never received the message. Sidneye's brother, who is one of the judges at the inquest, asks Ralls how he managed to be rescued so quickly, only twelve hours after the wreck, but before he can answer, a messenger arrives with word that Sidneye has withdrawn his complaint.

Shortly before his death in 1979, Barbara Walters interviewed John Wayne at him home in Newport Beach, CA, and he said that he enjoyed this film more than most. (After all, he named his production company, BATJAC, after the Trading Company in the film.)The story is a haunting tale of a lost but worthy relationship between sea captain John Wayne and his found love, Gail Russell that works brilliantly right until the end.

12.45pm Lunch Time and Memorabilia Room Open until 2.15pm Raffle Prize Draw

Big Jake (1971) - Showing at 2.30pm

At 2.30pm BIG JAKE (1971)(110 Minutes– Colour) Starring John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O’Hara, Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum, Bruce Cabot, Bobby Vinton, Harry Carey Jr., Jim Davis and Glenn Corbett-Directed by George Sherman. TO BE SHOWN IN HIGH DEFINITION.

Big Jake, released in 1971, is one of many westerns that ride the trail blazed by The Searchers, the 1956 classic by John Ford that some critics consider the genre's all-time-greatest film. Again the hero is played by John Wayne, and again he's a tumbling tumbleweed of a man who rediscovers family values when deadly marauders snatch an innocent child away from his kinfolk. There are major differences, though. This time the victim is a boy instead of a girl, the journey to find him lasts for days instead of years, and the villains are kidnappers demanding a huge ransom - the picture's working title was The Million Dollar Kidnapping - rather than Comanche warriors who induct the stolen youngster into their tribe.

All this is filmed according to tried-and-true western conventions, accompanied by an Elmer Bernstein score that utilises almost every musical formula associated with Wild West movies. The movie was also a reunion in other ways. One of Wayne's real-life sons, Michael, produced it; another one, Patrick, plays James McCandles, hero Jake McCandles's rebellious son; and a much younger Wayne offspring, Ethan-named after the Searchers hero--plays Little Jake McCandles, the kidnapped kid. Talk about family values! On top of this, Robert Mitchum's son Christopher plays Big Jake's better-behaved son, Michael, and Maureen O'Hara lends an extra touch of class as Martha McCandles, the hero's estranged but secretly affectionate wife.

4.55pm Farewells

Ticket Prices: Members 7.00 - Guests 9.00 - Children Under 14 - 5.00  (Includes Admission To Both Films And Memorabilia Rooms)  There will be a wide variety of John Wayne Memorabilia for Sale.(including DVD’s, Posters, Stills, Books, Comics, Magazines, Cells, CDs,  Plates, Calendars etc) Buffet and Refreshments will be available in the Cafeteria, full details will be sent with Tickets. Please use the enclosed Convention Ticket Booking Form to reserve and book your Tickets for the Convention alternatively call our Ticket Booking Line on 01623 553443. Please do not leave your booking too late as we expect quite a demand with the new venue.

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Ticket Price - Members - 7.00

Ticket Price - Children under 14 - 5.00

Ticket Price - Guests - 9.00




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Our Brand new Venue for the John Wayne Film Society Conventions is the Create Theatre , which is a state-of-the-art facility based at Vision West Nottinghamshire College’s Derby Road site, just off the A60 at the southern tip of Mansfield.

Opened in November 2011 by HRH The Duke of Kent150 Seat Auditorium

It was officially opened in November 2011 by HRH The Duke of Kent and houses a suite of specialist rooms, at the heart of which is the flagship Create Theatre. Create has already become one of the leading centres for the creative arts in the region, forging links with organisations in the creative industries and encouraging participation and engaging the local and surrounding communities. For more information on the Create Theatre and it’s facilities and events, please visit

The Theatre has a 150-seat auditorium with a state-of-the-art audio & visual set-up, a 25ft Cinema screen & contemporary stepped seating. Soundproofing and blackout for peace and privacy. A fantastic venue for theatre-style lectures, speeches and film presentations.

Venue Location & Directions:

Directions by Road: Mansfield is easily accessible by a good road network and is situated close to Junctions 28 and 29 of the M1. Create is located outside of the town centre on the Vision West Nottinghamshire College Derby Road campus (just off Nottingham Road). Sat nav users should enter NG18 5BH. You can enter the college by the main front entrance or the student entrance to the rear (Cauldwell Road). There is plenty of parking next to the Create entrance which is easily located once you have entered the campus (look for the large red building).

Directions by Bus: There are several buses that run to Derby Road from the surrounding area. Specific information on times and bus numbers is available from your local bus provider. The Stagecoach ‘Pronto service’ from Mansfield to Nottingham  runs seven days a week from the New Mansfield town centre Bus Station with at least three buses per hour stopping at the college. Please visit for detailed timetables.

Directions by Train: Mansfield has a train station located in the town centre which is served by the Robin Hood Line between Nottingham and Worksop. Check the website for the latest Times etc. You can then take a local bus from the newly opened Bus Station which is situated right next to the Train Station or arrange for a taxi.


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