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The Conqueror 1956 There are not many bad John Wayne movies--but The Conqueror (1956) qualifies as a turkey. In it Wayne plays Temujin, a Genghis Khan-type character whose armies run amuck. He captures a Tartar woman (played by Susan Hayward) who is considered spoils of war. Says Temujin: 'I feel this Tartar woman is for me, and my blood says, take her. There are moments for wisdom and moments when I listen to my blood; my blood says, take this Tartar woman.' Of course a romance blossoms. The movie was universally panned by critics and is seldom seen on television. The Conqueror was filmed near an atomic testing site in Utah. Five notable cast members (Wayne, Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Thomas Gomez, and Pedro Armendariz) all died of cancer.
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Added: 25th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Naomi on 2009-10-25 
Thanks to Larry, I've probably seen and enjoyed every one of his films,but he just wasn't cut out for the starring role in The Conquerer. Yul Brynner, probably...but not The Duke.
Posted by: Jedwgrn on 2009-10-25 
Was it just a bad movie/script or was the Duke not up to par? Was this filmed under the studio system or as independent film? Who had what choices?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-10-25 
Jed: This might answer your inquiries about this monumentally bad film:

The Conqueror is a 1956 CinemaScope epic film produced by Howard Hughes and starring John Wayne as the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan. Other performers included Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, and Pedro Armendáriz. The picture was directed by actor/director Dick Powell. The film was principally shot near St. George, Utah.

The picture was a critical and commercial failure (often ranked as one of the worst films of the 1950s), which is remarkable given the stature of the cast. Wayne, who was at the height of his career, had lobbied for the role after seeing the script and was widely believed to have been grossly miscast. (He was so honored by The Golden Turkey Awards.)

Reportedly, Howard Hughes felt guilty about his decisions regarding the film's production (regarding the actors who contracted cancer) and kept the film from view until 1974 when it was first broadcast on TV. The Conqueror, along with Ice Station Zebra, is said to be one of the films Hughes watched endlessly during his last years.

Posted by: Rseifer on 2009-11-16 
I think John Wayne's armies may have run amok, but usually only marathoners and long distance runners go amuck.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-11-16 
I checked my dictionary: 'amok' and 'amuck' mean exactly the same thing.
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