Did You Know John Wayne & John Ford Made a Movie in Shreveport?
In the not too distant past, Shreveport was a hot bed of film making. Everyone from Kevin Costner to Samuel L. Jackson to Tom Sizemore came to town to make a movie. Some were major motion picture productions, some were small fry independent films. But no matter what they were, they were made here.
Now a lot of people think that film making in our area is a recent venture. And, I suppose it is on a large scale. But there have been films and tv shows shot here that you may not realize. In fact, did you know "The Duke" John Wayne made a movie in Shreveport? And it wasn't just any film...it was a John Ford movie!
John Ford shot his 1959 film "The Horse Soldiers" all over Louisiana and Mississippi, including in the Shreveport. The film starred John Wayne and William Holden. And according to co-star Constance Towers, the two Hollywood leading men had quite a time while filming in the area:
They even took an evening off. They cooked up a scheme [claiming that] in the dailies, Duke’s teeth looked discolored. He went into Shreveport with Bill, supposedly to have his teeth cleaned, and, of course, they had a night on the town. The next morning, we’re all waiting for them on location. Off in the distance, you saw this car driving in fast. They stopped, and John and Bill got out, looking like they hadn’t been to bed at all, and Pappy Ford had all the stuntmen lined up to smell their breath.
In fact, there is a photo floating around social media of The Duke and Holden posing for photos with a group of Shreveport Police officers. When you think of western movies and days gone by, the first two names that come to mind are John Ford and John Wayne. And it is kind of awesome that those two made a film together in our neck of the woods.