The Alamo: John Wayne’s set feud with co-star who tried to leave just days into epic shoot
John Wayne was under incredible pressure directing, producing and starring in The Alamo, which he partly financed out of his own pocket 15 years after starting work on the picture.
Back in 1945, John Wayne decided he wanted to make a movie about the Battle of the Alamo. The pivotal conflict during the Texan Revolution saw a 13 day siege on the Alamo Mission. The Mexican army successfully killed most of the defenders, including American folk heroes Davy Crockett and James Bowie. As a result, this inspired many Texians to win the Battle of San Jacinto a month later, which ended the rebellion in favour of the newly formed Republic of Texas.