Just one of those items that I hadn’t heard, and which I thought was worth mentioning:
Soviet documents released in 2003 reveal that, despite being a fan of Wayne’s movies, Joseph Stalin ordered Wayne’s assassination due to his strong anti-communist politics. Stalin died before the killing could be accomplished. His successor, Nikita Khrushchev, reportedly told Wayne during a 1959 visit to the United States that he had personally rescinded the order. – wikipedia
What would the cult of John Wayne look like if it could truly be said that commies had shot Liberty Valance?