21 April 2023

Published April 19, 2023 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Anecdote
Word Count: 100


Remember renting VHS movies in the 1980’s? We’d make a big bowl of popcorn, put the cassette in the VCR and settle back for cheap entertainment on the small screen.

            One Sunday, my husband, a huge John Wayne fan picked up a copy of “The Conqueror” starring his hero as Genghis Khan, infamous Mongol conqueror.

            As the Duke uttered his lines, he sounded more like a Texas cowboy. “Your treacherous head is not safe on your shoulders—(Pilgrim).”  

            “Are you into this?” asked Jan, remote in hand.

            “Are you?”

            I’ll never know how the movie ended… Nor do I care.


Here’s the trailer for this miscast disaster:

To read more about this epic failure of a movie and the deadly consequences of shooting location CLICK HERE

65 comments on “21 April 2023

    • Dear Neil,

      Well, we all know that people in the Bible had English accents. 😉 Then there was Kevin Costner who played Robin Hood with an American accent. Am I missing something? Thank you re my story.




  • Yep, Hollywood is famous…or, should I say, infamous, for it’s portrayals of foreigners and natives with their stereotypical fictions… grrr… entire races culture destroyed in the process of greed…. grrrr…. Great story! I’m sure I saw that film. Mom “loved” John Wayne.

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  • I remember when they released this: This movie was so great that Howard Hughes wouldn’t let it be released so only he could see it in his private screening room! John Wayne at his best, finally revealed after (x number) of decades! We fell for it and I saw the first 30 minuets. Maybe. I quickly realized that Howard Hughes didn’t release it because he didn’t want to embarrass John, Howard’s film company, the producers and everyone else who had anything to do with the film. I saw what is supposed to be the worst movie ever filmed, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and this was much worse!!! Never was such an awful movie made, and it should have been buried along with Howard instead of found in his estate and released…
    lol, I know, too much comment.
    Anyway, I liked the anecdote. I am sure it is exactly how it went down in your house.

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    • Dear Trent,

      Sadly the fallout wasn’t only from a terrible movie. Incidentally a friend and I watched Plan 9 for the fun of it. It was at least humorous. I don’t know if we even made 20 minutes of the conquering fiasco. Thank you for all of your comments. 😀



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    • Dear Keith,

      I find it amusing that we make progress and then decide the old way was actually better. Go figure. I don’t know if the movie is even available. I hope not. 😉 Thank you for coming by.




  • Spoiler: It ended as one of the worst movies ever made. It looks like it would make a great capper for a bad movie party.

    That movie’s the real reason Howard Hughes went into hiding. Every time he peed in a jar, he was thinking, “Ugk, The Conqueror. At least there weren’t any Commies involved.” That movie’s what happens when you “cancel” all the real actors and writers and get stuck with John Wayne.

    Fun anecdote. We’ve all been saddled with bad movies.

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    • Dear Nobbin,

      It’s a movie that sticks with you, no matter how hard you try to shake it from your memory. Who in their right mind would cast the Duke as a mongol? Oh the same kind of eejits who cast Mickey Rooney or Catherine Hepburn as Asians. Howard Hughes should’ve gone into hiding BEFORE he produced that piece of dreck.
      Thank you.



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    • Dear Tracey,

      I saw John Wayne’s last movie. It was creepy and it was one that made me want those two hours of my life back. Mind you, not creepy in the same way as The Conqueror. I liked a lot of his movies, though.
      Thank you for your comments. 😀



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  • I hope you and Jan found better entertainment. There are very few movies I haven’t made it all the way through, but sounds like this is one I could add to that exclusive list. I don’t think I’ll bother.
    I miss Blockbuster though. It always movie night feel a bit special.

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    • Dear Jen,

      Most of the time we’ll stick with a movie even if it has a slow start. It was apparent with this one it wasn’t going to get any better. 😉 I miss Blockbuster, too. It did make movie night feel special. Thank you.




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