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The John Wayne Film Society’s 41st Members Convention

Saturday 16th April 2016 at The Mansfield Library Theatre

The Mansfield Library Theatre, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Westgate, Mansfield  NG18 1NH (From 11am until 5pm)
Memorabilia Doors Open at 10.00am.
Theatre Doors open at 10.00am

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The Films To Be Screened Are:-

The Wings of Eagles

At 11.00am THE WINGS OF EAGLES (1957) (110 Minutes-Colour) Starring John Wayne, Dan Dailey, Maureen O’Hara, Ward Bond, Ken Curtis- Directed by John Ford.

If John Ford hadn't made THE WINGS OF EAGLES, Commander Frank W. 'Spig' Wead would be best known today for the impressive collection of military-oriented stories he wrote for motion pictures, during the 30s and 40s.

Among his credits are HELL DIVERS (with Wallace Beery and Clark Gable), TEST PILOT (with Gable and Spencer Tracy), DIVE BOMBER (with Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray), and THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (for John Ford, with John Wayne and Robert Montgomery). He brought to his writing a love of flying, pride in the military, and an understanding that a 'greater good' must sometimes take precedence over personal happiness. In THE WINGS OF EAGLES, director Ford illustrates how Wead's life was every bit as interesting and dramatic as anything he wrote. A close personal friend, Ford was witness to many of the triumphs and tragedies of the pioneer Naval aviator/engineer's life. After completing THE SEARCHERS, Ford commemorated the tenth anniversary of his friend's passing with this sensitive, 'warts-and-all' tribute. Wead (portrayed by John Wayne, in one of his most fully realized characterizations...he even sacrificed his hairpiece, as the older Wead, for the sake of authenticity), begins the film as a typical hell-raising Ford hero, a Navy flier who loved taunting his Army counterparts (led by the terrific Kenneth Tobey), lived for the sheer joy of flying bi-planes (even when he was clueless as to HOW to fly them), and had the love of a feisty yet devoted woman (Maureen O'Hara, of course!) But, in keeping with the tone of much of the older Ford's work, Wead's life does not tie itself up into a neat, happy package, but develops into a complex near-tragedy of a man so consumed with his career that his marriage breaks down, and has his greatest dream snatched away from him when an accident cripples him. Rather than falling back on the potential aid a wife could provide, he refuses her help, relying on his Navy 'family' (represented by Dan Dailey, in one of his most popular roles) for rehabilitation. With Pearl Harbor, Wead's expertise is again called upon, and he leaves a successful career as a screenwriter to rejoin the Navy, becoming the innovator of jeep carriers...only to see his health fail him, yet again, forcing him out of the service he loved..

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

McLintock to be shown in High Definition

At 2.30pm McLINTOCK (1963)(127 Minutes– Colour) Starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Chill Wills, Bruce Cabot. Directed by Andrew V MaLaglen. TO BE SHOWN IN HIGH DEFINITION

George Washington “GW” McLintock (Wayne) has no idea why his wife Kate (O’Hara) walked out on him two years ago, but during that time he has tried to hide his heartbreak under a bachelor lifestyle filled with cronies, alcohol and more alcohol. As the richest man in the territory living on the biggest ranch in the territory (a territory with a town named after him), GW can pretty much do whatever he wants — and that he does. While heartbreak has caused GW to regress into a man-child, its effect on Kate has been to turn her into “Katherine,” a prim, moneyed, society snob.

The return of their daughter Becky (Stefanie Powers) from college, and the fight over her future, reunites the sparring couple. Becky isn’t much better than her mother. Both woman spend a lot of time Well-I-Never!-ing before being tamed by the earthy  men who love them. “McLintock!” is a based loosely on Shakespeare’s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew,” and is definitely not for joyless Leftists or feminists with heart conditions who are almost certain to miss the strength and nuance in O’Hara’s sly performance (who’s really manipulating who?) or pause over today’s endless supply of Hollywood offerings where men are treated as evil or buffoons. (the Duke’s oldest son) a “produced by” credit. Michael would go on to become the respected producer behind eight more of his father’s films, including “The Train Robbers” (1973), the Duke’s most off-beat offering that will someday be discovered and fully appreciated. Another first is that “McLintock!” represented McLaglen’s directorial breakthrough because he has always been an under-appreciated director. would also direct the criminally under-appreciated “Shenandoah” (1965) with Jimmy Stewart, “Bandolero!” (1968) with Raquel Welch and Dean Martin, and the brutal “The Last Hard Men” (1975).

4.30pm 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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192 Seat Mansfield Library Theatre

THE INTERIOR OF THE 192 SEAT MANSFIELD LIBRARY THEATRE – Situated on the 2nd floor of the Library, the theatre is accessed either by stairs or by the lift in the main Library reception.

Library Entrance Mansfield


Four Seasons Shopping Centre
Westgate, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. NG18 1NH

Venue Location & Directions:

Directions by Road: By Road:- Mansfield is easily accessible by a good road network & is situated close to Junctions 28 and 29 of the M1.

Directions by Bus: There are several buses that run to Mansfield from the surrounding areas. (Sheffield, Nottingham, Newark, Chesterfield etc) as well as being served by the National Express Bus Service 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. For the latest times etc check the website:

Local Taxi Numbers: Ace ABC taxis 01623 654321 123 taxis 01623 420321 6 5 2s taxis 01623 622222

Hotels In Mansfield For members who are travelling from outside the area and would like to stay overnight, here are some reputable Hotels/Guest Houses.

The Mansfield Lodge Hotel - 27- 28 Woodhouse Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.NG18 2AF -Tel 01623 629352

The Mansfield Manor Hotel, Windmill Lane, Mansfield, Nott’s NG18 2AL Tel 01623 452525

The Midland Hotel Station Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 1LP Tel 01623 624668 (situated near to Train and Bus Station)

The Pine Lodge Hotel 281 Nottingham Road, Mansfield NG18 4SE Tel 01623 622308

Car Parks In Mansfield For members who are travelling her are some local car parks.

Four Seasons Shopping Centre multi-storey car park, Mansfield Postcode for satnav: NG18 1SU Open from 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday; 10am to 5pm Sunday
Fees are 1 per hour 30 minutes free parking (you must display a ticket)

Civic Centre long stay car park, Mansfield Postcode for satnav: NG19 7BH Open from 8am to 6pm everyday
Fees are first hour free then 70p per hour Monday to Friday.

Robin Hood Line Station car park, Mansfield Postcode for satnav: NG18 1HA
Open 24 hours a day seven days a week Fees are 70p for hour, 4 day ticket (10 hours), 10 day ticket (24 hours)


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