5/26/2007

Happy Birthday Duke

Marion Morrison would have been 100 years old today if he had lived...and he should have lived. John Wayne should never die in a movie. I don't care about reality, dramatic effect, typecasting or anything else--just say no. So I won't watch the Wake of the Red Witch, or The Sands of Iwo Jima, or The Alamo or the Shootist. But bring on Hondo and learn how to teach a boy to swim!

John Wayne shouldn't have died in real life either. The world is a poorer place without him. To paraphrase Westley, there's a shortage of men in the world, and it was a shame to lose that one.

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