The Grooviest Movies and TV Shows of the Groovy Era

A Young John Wayne in His First Leading Role, "The Big Trail", in 1930. 

Do you go through the TV Guide magazine and circle the programs you wanted to watch? Did you block out your schedule for Thursday nights so you could watch your favorite sitcoms? Did you look in the daily newspaper to see what movies were playing at your local cinema? Did you stand on the sidewalk for hours to get your ticket to the premiere of the newest blockbuster? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this collection of photos is for you. Stroll through these pics and reminisce about the films and shows you loved the most in the groovy era. 


John Wayne didn’t intend to become a Hollywood actor. He was more interested in sports. He earned a football scholarship to the University of Southern California and enrolled as a pre-law student. He was a standout member of the team, coached by Howard Jones, until he suffered a broken collarbone while bodysurfing. The injury ended his football career, and he lost his scholarship. He was forced to quit college. In 1930, when this photo was taken, the 23-year-old Wayne appeared in his first leading role, a Hollywood western called The Big Trail. Although the film was a flop at the box office, Wayne’s performance was good enough to catch the attention of others in the industry. He landed more and more roles, mostly in westerns, and became the personification of the western frontier for many movie-goers.