By all rights, Etienne Pelissier Jacques de Bujac should have been the big Western star of the ‘40s-‘70s, not Marion Morrison. But John Wayne hit it big. Bruce Cabot had to be satisfied with being a sidekick who was in nine of The Duke’s films.
While Wayne was doing cheap oaters, Cabot had a major role in the 1933 blockbuster “King Kong” and his career looked to skyrocket. He and Wayne both auditioned for the Ringo Kid in “Stagecoach”—and we know who was cast and made a big impression. The two became close friends.