Wayne portrayed the Ringo Kid, an escaped outlaw, who joins an unusual assortment of characters on a dangerous journey through frontier lands.
During the trip, the Kid falls for a dance hall prostitute named Dallas (Claire Trevor).
Unfortunately, after two years, an injury took him off the football field and ended his scholarship.
While in college, Wayne had done some work as a film extra, appearing as a football player in (1930), Wayne received his first leading role, thanks to director Raoul Walsh.
He had a dog by that name, and he spent so much time with his pet that the pair became known as "Little Duke" and "Big Duke," according to the official John Wayne website.
Reunited with Ford and Mitchell, Wayne stepped away from his usual Western roles to become a Swedish seaman in (1940).
The film was adapted from a play by Eugene O' Neill and follows the crew of a steamer ship as they move a shipment of explosives.
Winning a football scholarship to University of Southern California (USC), Wayne started college in the fall of 1925.
He joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and continued to be a strong student.