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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Now it's breakfast cereal

Last night I was playing the beginning of the song Elephant Walk on the piano. It's from the movie Hatari. John Wayne is in it and it's about capturing animals for a zoo.

Ichabod was saying that he thought he liked that movie when he was a little kid. Then he realized the only good John Wayne movies are the ones that shoot-'em-up and have NO comedy. "The rest" in his words, "are just cream of wheat."

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Blogger bschneider5 said...

Nice blog!!! Bradsblog

Wed May 04, 07:22:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Brad

Wed May 04, 08:34:00 PM  
Blogger Pope Benedict XVI said...

I'm not a big John Wayne fan. I prefer Clint Eastwood.

Wed May 04, 08:59:00 PM  
Blogger greatwhitebear said...

I am afraid I have to disagree. "McClintoc", with Maureen O'Hara, was VERY funny!

Wed May 04, 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger Nilbo said...

I saw Hatari in its first run in the movie theatre back in .. damn, what was it, around 1961? (I'm so old.)

I was like 7 at the time. My brother was told to take me to the movies, but we disagreed. He went to see "Man In The Iron Mask" - the promos for which scared the shit out of me. So I wouldn't go, and he dropped me off at Hatari. Sat there in the darkness, all by myself in the movies for the first time ... and watched John Wayne lasso rhinos.

I loved John Wayne in that movie. Have never liked him, before or since.

And I LOVE "The Baby Elephant Walk".

Wed May 04, 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

John Wayne was larger than life. His tough image lives on...

Thu May 05, 02:28:00 AM  
Blogger GroovyVic said...

As a HUGE John Wayne fan, I have to admit that Hatari isn't one of my favorites. To just say Duke was only good in the Western genre isn't fair, look at Clint Eastwood! And Chisum, phew! The Green Berets is awesome, McLintock is hilarious...although Donvan's Reef would have been better if his love interest wasn't half his age. At any rate, I'm biased because I love John Wayne. Check out Reap the Wild Wind with Paulette Goddard.

Thu May 05, 06:21:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Gotta go with "pope" Benny on Eastwood. Them's my fave westerns (and the young Clint...oh, my panties just fell off).
And Bear...I love "McClintock!" I mean, a movie where a man chases his underwear-clad wife down a crowded street, then spanks her with a spatula as the whole town looks on and cheers? WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE?

Thu May 05, 07:16:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Before I answer anyone here personally let me explain that Ichabod was only talking about John Wayne when he said the Cream of Wheat thing. He was not maligning any other actors, e.g. Clint Eastwood. He only likes John Wayne movies when they do the shoot-em-up thing with no comedy. He'll watch Clint Eastwood any day.

Thu May 05, 07:35:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

OK - I'm feeling lame. Admittance: I have never SEEN a John Wayne flick.

Gasp!

If I were to choose one out of the sea of John Wayne movies, which one should I see?

Thu May 05, 07:45:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Kitty: "McClintock!" is the best. My opinion is the only one which truly counts. And, you know, there's that whole spanking thing in there.

Thu May 05, 09:04:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Pope-baby so glad to see you. You unseated my buddy, Jess, but she still has a cool asswood so I guess that's fair.

GreatWhite I'm not a big JW fan so I proably haven't seen it.

Nilbo I think I saw part of Hatari on TV years ago. I like the song the best, though.

Jamiedawn many feel the same way you do.

Groovyvic I'm learning more about John Wayne than I ever thought I would.

Bucky, Bucky, Bucky what am I gonna do with you?

Kitty Bucky would definitely know better than I would.

Thu May 05, 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger greatwhitebear said...

Bucky.. my favorite scene is where the indian chief says something like white men fight, booze all gone, indians go home now

Thu May 05, 11:20:00 PM  
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Thu May 05, 11:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

The rest being "cream of wheat" kind of reminds me of my dad's opinion of Top Gun.

His words "The beginning and the end are the only good parts, the rest is just bubble-gum."

Of course, I disagree that the jet/fight scenes are the only good parts. Because well, the VOLLEYBALL scene simply MUST go down in history as one of the best hunky guy movie scenes in history.

mmmmmm... sweaty, muscled man chests.

Sat May 07, 05:31:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, works for me too. ;-)

Sat May 07, 09:23:00 PM  

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