Commemorative belt buckle for the film Brannigan
Jim Brannigan : Brannigan
Metal buckle in original felt lined box
"AN ALL TALKING MOVIE / BRANNIGAN / FILMED ENTIRELY ON LOCATION IN LONDON TOWN / JOHN WAYNE" (on front); "A WELLBORN PRODUCTION DISTRIBUTED BY UNITED ARTISTS / MADE ON COLOR FILM FOR THE GIANT SCREEN" (on scroll round edge);"CUSTOM MADE BUCKLE FOR WAYNE, LEVY GARDNER", "MOVIE BUCKLE PRODUCED FOR WAYNE LEVY & GARDENER", "MADE IN ENGLAND", "LIMITED EDITION NO 604", "COPYRIGHT 1975 ®" (on verso);" John Wayne" (facsimile signature on verso);"BRANNIGAN / LIMITED EDITION" (printed on case)
Presented to David Bridgen by United Artists in 1974, by whom presented to the Garrick Club, 2006
Lieutenant Jim Brannigan is sent to London to extradite an extortionist called Ben Larkin. However, things become more complicated when Larkin is abducted by some hoods and at the same time, a contract killer is out to kill Brannigan. Exciting and fast-paced, Wayne’s third from last movie was filmed entirely on location in London, and is perhaps best remembered for the contrast between Wayne’s brash American cop of the title, and the locations, such as the scene where Sir Charles Swann (Sir Richard Attenborough) of Scotland Yard invites Brannigan to lunch at the centre table of the Coffee Room at the Garrick. Swann becomes increasingly frustrated with Brannigan’s unorthodox methods and his inability to keep out of trouble.
Although John Wayne was not elected to the Club, he appears to have enjoyed his brief stay in the Club during filming, and is recorded as saying: “I would just love to settle in there and read their 5,000 books on the theatre. I’d rather do that than ride horses.