Monday, June 05, 2006

THE most famous actor-director combo in Hollywood history is celebrated in the splendid box set "The John Wayne-John Ford Film Collection" (Warner, $80), due out Tuesday on DVD.

The two met in 1926, when Wayne was a USC student working as a prop boy on the Fox lot. Ford gave the young man - then known as Marion Morrison - bit parts in several films and recommended the Duke for his first major role in the Western epic "The Big Trail" (1930), directed by Raoul Walsh, who changed the actor's name to John Wayne...

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