John Wayne Died Nine Times

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In The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, John Wayne’s character was already dead. The story, starring James Stewart, was done as a flashback, in which John Wayne told part of the tale. It’s a very good film, with the ultimate bad man, Lee Marvin, playing Liberty Valance to the height of his villainous ability.


In the less known movie, The Deceiver, Wayne actually played a corpse around which the story unveiled itself.

Find the answers to the following scenarios at the end of this blog.

A.) Nine times in his films, John Wayne’s character died. Twice he was shot outright, in The Cowboys  (1972), and The Shootist (1976). Who were the dirty, rotten famous actor shooters?

B.) Once, Wayne was lanced to death. In what 1960 film did that happen?

C.) Our man went down to the sea in ships three times. Do you know the names of these movies (1933, ship); (1949, ship); (1955, plane crash into the ocean)?

D.) In two war films, Wayne was done in by snipers. Name them.

E.) Final drum roll: How did our hero meet his death in the film Reap the Wild Wind (1942)?  

And the answers are!!!

A.) Bruce Dern and Richard Boone, respectively
B.) The Alamo, (playing Davey Crockett)
C.) Central Airport, Wake of the Red Witch, The Sea Chase, respectively
D.) The Fighting Seabees (1944); Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
E.) by squid 

John Wayne made over 170 movies, becoming a star after his role in Stagecoach (1939). One of Hollywood’s most revered personalities, John Wayne, born Marion Robert Morrison, still rocks the celluloid to this day.

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McConaughey Reigns


Just recently chatted with jordanandeddie about Matthew McConaughey’s out-of-this-world performance in “Gold”.

Pictured ABOVE is another of his movies dealing with gold, “Fool’s Gold”, an entertaining fictional romp with Kate Hudson over a treasure hunt for buried gold.

“Gold” is a whole different story, based on true events that are worthy of a thrilling fictional page-turner.

M&M is a superb artist, no matter what subject matter he takes on — gold, fool’s gold, Marshall’s football fortunes, a wedding planner, adventures in the Sahara, AIDS, outer space, a lawyer’s plea for a father’s justice. He wows, every time out!

Photo of the cover of the DVD “Fool’s Gold”, 2008, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., from the blog author’s personal copy of same.

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No Tweeting While on the Job


Don’t do this on your watch!

At least Oscar has learned the lesson about tweeting on the job — Don’t do it — ever! You could, and probably will, get lost in the conversation!

The story behind this year’s Academy Awards gaffe of the incorrect envelope getting into the hands of Best Picture presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beauty should stand as solid justification for the rule of not tweeting while on the job!

It is important to know that Oscar-winning envelopes are duplicated and two accountants, one stage left and one stationed stage right, both have sets of the winners’ envelopes.

The Oscar award presented by Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actress to Emma Stone just prior to the Oscar presentation for Best Picture may have been part of the scenario that set up the grand boo-boo. DiCaprio entered stage left and was handed the Best Actress envelope from there; all other presenters had entered stage right. That meant the accountant at stage right had retained his unused duplicate Oscar envelope for Best Actress.

The accountant at stage right, Brian Cullinan, also had just been tweeting pictures of Emma Stone, who seconds before had been named Best Actress. It’s apparent that Cullinan wasn’t focused on his envelopes, as he was the person who handed Dunaway and Beatty the duplicate Best Actress envelope rather than the one containing the Best Picture winner.


And now, they say, the accountant firm responsible for presenting the Oscar winners for as long as anyone can remember, PricewaterhouseCoopers, won’t recover from this inadvertent error for years. And does Cullinan still have a job?

Beware of those tweets on the job, America!

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Best Tweet on Oscar Best Picture Error Goes to…


Humorous Billy Crystal turned in the best tweet following the revelation of an error in the announcement for Best Picture at Sunday night’s 89th Annual Academy Awards show.

I was gasping for breath over the hateful messages and tweets immediately sent over social media concerning the gaping error at the Oscars live ceremony when “La La Land” was named the Best Picture of the Year, rather than “Moonlight”, because a simple mistake occurred in the handling of presenter cards.

But comedienne extraordinaire Billy Crystal put everything in witty perspective when he declared on Twitter that it was a shame “that (announcement error) didn’t happen on election night”.

That’s funny, not hateful, not vengeful, not stupidly ignorant. His wit brought me back to Earth (for better, or worse!) Thank you, Billy C.!

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Happy Birthday Rocky


I’m a movie nut and a Rocky Balboa fan. Yep, got’em all. Rocky and all six sequels that looked at all new storylines are part of my private video collection.

If you read, “Losing History”, the previous post in this blog (“Near the Finish Line”), you’ve already considered whether Rocky is an important part of our American culture.

Most critics say he is, and today he celebrated his capture of the populace on November 21, 1976, with his 40th birthday party. “Rocky” earned $117 Million in 1976 and was the highest grossing movie of the year.

Happy birthday, Rock!

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