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He moved over to Columbia Pictures , where he ran afoul of studio boss Harry Cohn . As a result, Wayne was dropped from leading man to supporting player to bit player and finally down to being an extra again. After the Columbia debacle, Wayne solidified his stardom – albeit as a minor star – in a string of low-budget action films (mostly Westerns) at Warner Bros. and Universal and the " Poverty Row " studios Mascot , Monogram , and Republic . Wayne kept on friendly terms with John Ford who, as a result, gave Wayne a career boost with Stagecoach (1939).