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Oddly enough, this story seems to be genuine...



Sci-fi western has appearance by John Wayne


By TIM SAMPSON Kerrville Daily News
July 6, 2009, 6:49AM
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John Wayne filmed scenes for the sci-fi western before his death in 1979.

Fans of old westerns would probably say that the 1976 movie, The Shootist, was John Wayne’s last film. They’d be mistaken, according to Dave Burleson.

Burleson, who played minor parts in more than 70 westerns and was friends with Wayne, is releasing an independently produced film that contains Duke’s final unseen performance.

The film, a science-fiction western entitled Thunder Riders of the Golden West, was produced by Burleson in 1984, and includes footage that Wayne filmed before his death in 1979.

“It’s not the last movie he acted in, but it’s the last performance to be released,” said Burleson, who now resides in Barksdale, about two hours Southwest of Kerrville.

If science fiction western seems like an unusual genre, that’s because it is. Thunder Riders of the Golden West, is a movie set in modern times and tells the story of cowboy truckers who hit the trail in search of $3 million worth of gold in the middle of an atomic bomb test.

Burleson, who stunt doubled for Dean Martin in his westerns, stars in the movie, and with the exception of Wayne’s performance, the cast is rounded out mostly by friends and family.

Being the star was a change for Burleson. Born and raised in the Hill Country, Burleson moved out to New Mexico to make movies. His first movie was Last Command in 1955, in which he acted alongside Ernest Borgnine. He was more than happy to play bit parts alongside stars like Borgnine, Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Slim Pickens and others.

“They were the big stars, nobody wants to write about me and that is just fine by me,” Burleson said.

“Thunder Riders” never saw a theatrical release, but thanks to technology, Burleson is finally able to produce and distribute the film himself on DVD.

“After all these years, it’s great to finally get my film out there,” Burleson said. “But it’s really something for people to see one last John Wayne performance.”




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