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Tuesday, 28 July 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan


I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote a book on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of Stephen Boyd.


This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.


Apropos of Nothing #99 – 28 July 1920


Film director, Andrew Victor McLaglen, son of actor Victor McLaglen, was born on 28 July, 1920.


Film work of various kinds was part of the wider McLaglen family’s occupations, so movies were in the blood.


As a result of his father Victor’s association with John Wayne and John Ford, young Andrew assisted wherever needed on big and small films.


He directed his first film, Man in the Vault (1956) and Gun the Man Down (1956), both Wayne company (Batjac) productions.


He moved into television directing and was in demand for shows like Perry Mason, Rawhide, Have Gun, Will Travel, The Virginian and Gunsmoke.


On the big screen, he directed James Stewart in Shenandoah (1965) and The Rare Breed (1966), and  John Wayne in McLintock (1963), Hellfighters (1968), The Undefeated (1969), Chisum (1970) and Cahill U.S. Marshall (1973).


He directed Roger Moore (and stellar casts) in The Wild Geese (1978), North Sea Hijack (1980) and The Sea Wolves (1980)


Andrew V. McLaglen sure knew his way around action movies.


He died at 94 on 30 August, 2014.

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