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Saturday, August 30, 2014
TV Review: John Wayne Special: Swing Out, Sweet Land
This T.V. special has been released on DVD as John Wayne's Tribute to America. This version was presented on 1970 an NBC television. This is John Wayne in a different type of a role, as the M.C. for a patriotic presentation. This T.V. special has a myriad of actors doing musical and comedy sketches. There is Red Skelton playing a newspaperman with Tom Smothers. Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Dick Martin and Dan Rowan, Dan Blocker, Lorne Green, Michael Landon, William Shatner, and many more. Some special music from Johnny Cash "Ribbon of Steel" Roy Clark "Oh Sussanah" Glen Campbell "This is a Great Country" and Leslie Uggams singing "Clementine." A couple groupp songs fell a bit flat. They actually sang the Declaration of Indipendence, and it got a bit boring. However the high light of the presentation was the last number, "God Bless America." Many of the actors sang a line. It was terrific and very emotional.