Advertise with us

Enjoying this blog? Check out the rest of the Travel & Culture Channel Subscribe to this Feed

The Chicago Traveler

Friday Film: Brannigan

by User ImageMatt B on December 28th, 2007

Most of us are familiar with John Wayne, the film actor and American icon who epitomized rugged masculinity. He was closely associated with Westerns and war movies, but he stepped away from those standards in 1975 with Brannigan.

Brannigan (1975)
Directed by: Douglas Hickox
Produced by: Arthur Garnder
Jules Levy
Starring: John Wayne
Richard Attenborough
Judy Geeson
Mel Ferrer
John Vernon
Ralph Meeker
Daniel Pilon
Distributed by: United Artists
All Movie Guide

John Wayne had turned down the title role in Dirty Harry, which went to Clint Eastwood. But after seeing the success of that film, Wayne decided to give gritty police thrillers a try. Brannigan casts 'the Duke' as Detective Jim Brannigan, an Irish-American detective from Chicago who is sent to London to chase down American gangster Ben Larkin. After several culture clashes, Brannigan teams up with Commander Swann (Richard Attenborough) to help him find his target. However, the detective doesn't care for London's restrained style of policing and uses his own 'Chicago-style' techniques.

Despite its notable action scenes, the film was not particularly successful. However, it was one of very few movies filmed in Chicago at this time. After the 1968 Democratic convention, Mayor Richard J.Daley didn't care for the way the city was being portrayed by the media, so he prohibited movies from being filmed in Chicago. However, he did allow director Douglas Hickox to shoot the opening scenes of Brannigan here because he considered John Wayne 'a good American.'

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Rate this:

POSTED IN: Entertainment, Filmed in Chicago

0 opinions for Friday Film: Brannigan

  • No one has left a comment yet. You know what this means, right? You could be first!

Have an opinion? Leave a comment: