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Noted in Passing: The End Of The Movie Star

It’s a bit long but it’s funny and it’s Saturday.

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  • TrangBang68 April 2, 2022, 2:47 PM

    A marker for how lame the movie industry is is the endless stream of Marvel comic book movies coming out of Hollywood with shallow, predictable plots, gee whiz computer generated special effects and tedious woke messages. Old movies used to inspire the common man to live his tough life with dignity. this trash would be lucky to inspire a 7 year old.

  • Jack April 2, 2022, 3:12 PM

    I don’t listen to what actors, singers entertainers have to say but occasionally I’ll hear something from the mind of a song writer that is resounding and maybe useful. But, far worse than the Hollywood and the ‘listen to me sing’ fruitcakes who spew their political opinions after a bit of air play, I’m most bothered by politicians.

    Those guys, along with any justice who runs a court more important than the office of a Justice of the Peace in a rural Alabama county…every one of them, should be subject to term limits, to transparency regarding who they eat with and who they canoodle with, for the legislation they pass and their misuse of legislative power or public funds while employed in the public trust.

  • Mike Austin April 2, 2022, 3:15 PM

    So Social Media is the reason behind the degeneracy of Hollywood stars? Well…no. They were degenerates and traitors and perverts long before Facebook and Google and Twitter. The truth of the matter is that Hollywood types merely followed the collapse of American culture and morality along with everyone and everything else.

    Believe it or not, Hollywood once produced men who actually were not degenerates—they were in fact men. Clark Gable, James Stewart, Lee Marvin—and so many others—actually volunteered to serve in combat after Pearl Harbor. And they took the same risks as anyone else. How many Hollywood types volunteered for Vietnam or Iraq?

    You might mention Clint Eastwood as an example to the contrary. Actually Eastwood has demonstrated the sexual continence of a randy high school boy. His creation of bastards is legendary. See his treatment of his one time paramour Sondra Locke. Clint is a Godless monster.

    I can see scarcely anyone in Hollywood worthy of much more than spittle to the face.

    • MMinWA April 2, 2022, 4:25 PM

      Yes and no on your take MA
      Lee Marvin was a kick ass Marine-I read some where his sciatic nerve was shot off in some island assault and after a few instances of sciatica all I can say is, Lord put me in front, it was hands down, they were most agonizing nights of my life.
      Yes Clint has been a prick although I’m not aware of St Locke’s role, maybe you are. I’ve had my share of wronged others. The movies he’s made especially as he’s ages have been gems.

      • gwbnyc April 2, 2022, 4:57 PM
        • Mike Austin April 2, 2022, 5:12 PM

          Ok then. Lee Marvin in Mexico. A man’s man.


          And then—but of course—Marvin in “Dragnet”.


          • ghostsniper April 2, 2022, 6:10 PM

            Two words: Point Blank
            Thanks for that last link Mike, I liked it.
            Just the other night my wife suggested Drag Net for the next old series we are going to watch and I told her I didn’t care for it based on my memory of it from the 60’s. But having viewed the one you linked I’m going to reconsider her suggestion.

            Oh yeah, tonight we watched the first “segment” of the movie Casey suggested, “Broken Trail”. Bought the DVD on amazon for a few bux and so far I like it. We’ll continue to watch it over the next 2 or 3 suppers. I think it’s about 3 hours long. I can only watch about an hour at a time cause I get extremely bored just sitting.

            • Vanderleun April 2, 2022, 7:48 PM

              Never march when you can stand. Never stand when you can sit. Never sit when you can lie down.

              • gwbnyc April 2, 2022, 10:07 PM

                The Grips’ Creed:

                Never carry what can dragged.
                Never drag what can be rolled.
                Ditch the superfluous.

          • gwbnyc April 2, 2022, 10:18 PM
            • ghostsniper April 3, 2022, 7:41 AM

              Thanks for the tip, never knew he was in an old series. Definitely going to investigate it.

              They Don’t Make ‘Em Like This Any More
              Straight out of the James M. Cain hard boiled school of crime fiction (minus the sex, of course) this was TV by men for men. Each episode began and ended with a pithy remark or two by the hero/narrator Detective-Leut. Frank Ballinger about “my town”–Chicago, that is.

              Oddly, this fifty-plus year old series can still provide insights and observations that seem fresh, about police work, about human nature in general. The tough, minimalist dialog contains lines that make you want to write them down for future use.

              Lee Marvin is perfect. He was only mid-thirties when this series was shot but looks somewhat older, or anyway more mature, with his lived-in face and prematurely white hair. Marvin personifies toughness but he’s no Steve McQueen. That is, he can handle a line of dialog articulately, use his voice like a woodwind, yet lose none of his manliness.

              The only aspect of the character of Lieut. Ballinger that is a bit unrealistic is his almost monkish attitude toward women–imposed on the character due to the prevailing broadcast standards of the time. In this series women are mostly trouble, or else the grieving widow of a police officer or the wife of a criminal, astonishingly naive about what her man really does.

              Without all the technical advances of today’s television production, this show accomplished more with just tight writing, solid acting and straightforward directing.

              • Skorpion April 3, 2022, 12:36 PM

                POINT BLANK is a great latter-day Noir flick. JACOB’S LATTER and THE SIXTH SENSE cribbed from it.

      • Mike Austin April 2, 2022, 5:17 PM

        No question about the films. They cover a lot of ground for us men. My question was of his character. His treatment of Locke was despicable.


        What sort of “man” would act this way?

        • Vanderleun April 2, 2022, 8:02 PM

          Well,in fairness, that sort of man would seem to be a fallen man. Hard not to fall when you are Clint Eastwood and hundreds of thousands of gold-digging whores are looking to bed you all the time. Unlike most men I’m sure Eastwood had many days when he’s turn it down a dozen times before lunch. I confess that if I were Eastwood I would have been much more of a male slut that he was. That’s just the way the fallen roll. And also her quotes from her auto biography are purile.

          “Locke wrote in her autobiography, “Clint seemed astonished at his need for me, even admitting that he’d never been faithful to one woman — because he’d “never been in love before,” he confided. He even made up a song about it: ‘She made me monogamous’. That flattered and delighted me. I would never doubt his faithfulness and his love for me.”

          I mean, really. She’s a movie actress. In Hollywood. She would have fucked a great dane if it advanced her career. And then there’s the ten year breakup fight. No wonder he was sick of this crazy ex-girlfriend before it was over.

          • Mike Austin April 3, 2022, 5:20 AM

            No doubt that I would be a worse man than Eastwood given his status, fame and cash. God in His infinite Wisdom denied me all of that so I might have a chance at Heaven. I should not be so hard on him, though I am much harder on myself.

            I got a hint that Locke had a bit of “psycho-bitch” in her the first time I saw her in a movie with Eastwood. Her role in “Sudden Impact” made complete sense.

        • gwbnyc April 2, 2022, 10:09 PM

          I know men like him, “serial impregnators”. always bugs me.

          • ghostsniper April 3, 2022, 4:19 AM

            There’s always at least 2 sides to a story. I read about him and Locke a long time ago. Who hasn’t known a bitch that was batshit crazy, or turned that way, after you dipped the wick? For that matter, who among us, upon achieving adulthood, married and stayed with the first adult woman they ever met? Essentially, both eastwood and locke were not meant for each other and they both did what they did to move away from the failed relationship.

            I’m also thinking about the movie “Sudden Impact” from 1983 that both eastwood and locke were in where she had been raped and eastwood and her caught the perp and killed him. In that flik you caught a little glimpse of a woman that had gone off the rails (maybe rightly so) and a man that tried to deal with it. In personal relationships between male and female outsiders can never know the FULL story so it’s best to just keep your yap shut and pay attention. No matter which side you choose you are bound to fail.

            • Mike Austin April 3, 2022, 5:28 AM

              I’ve known at least two women who would have put a bullet in me had they been able to. Both became as crazy as a sack full of street cats. They were so nice at first.

          • Dirk April 3, 2022, 9:46 AM

            Clint’s best movies were “ every which way but loose”. The Spiders MC, are my all time favorite gangster MC club. Real pro’s

            • Skorpion April 3, 2022, 12:41 PM

              That MC was “The Black Widows.” Here’s a scene from the sequel, where earlier in the film Clint tricked them into going through a asphalt machine that covered them with tar, and forced them to shave their heads. They went in pursuit of Clint to Montana, and when they compensated for their baldness by wearing ill-fitting wigs, a State trooper pulled them over and issued one of the greatest insults in cinematic history:


              • Dirk April 3, 2022, 7:10 PM

                . Awesome vid, still think it’s his best. The Black Widows! Lol.

    • Henry Cybulski April 3, 2022, 2:27 AM

      By happenstance I came across a reference to Walter Matthau being in the same bombardment group as Jimmy Stewart. Matthau was a radioman-gunner and flew missions during the Battle of the Bulge.

      • ghostsniper April 3, 2022, 4:25 AM

        You gotta see Stewart in the 1955 flik “Strategic Air Command”, for some stunning footage of the massive B36 bomber (6 turnin’, 4 burnin’) one of the largest flying machines ever created. Not too fond of Allyson’s weerd voice, but there’s a little joke at the end about the new baby’s name. Highly recommend.


  • gwbnyc April 2, 2022, 4:47 PM

    I’m bladin’ at m’ear, noo, y’bluh’ee mooter moothed meth addick…

  • Quent April 2, 2022, 5:29 PM

    I notice at 1:39 in the video, there is a shot of a fellow wearing a U.S. Navy Commander’s uniform, with the SEAL badge and Navy Cross, Silver Star and Presidential Unit Citation ribbons. Is that Epstein? It looks like it to me

  • Dirk April 3, 2022, 9:53 AM

    Epstein is wearing a commanders rank, be a LT Col in other branch’s. It’s right below the rank of Captain, in the navy, or Col in the army marines or air force.

    He’s a regular war hero in that pic.

    I forwarded that article to a friend who just happens to be a retired Master Chief SEAL, Retired. 30 ish years. Remarkable career.

  • The Ecstasy Of Gold April 3, 2022, 1:16 PM

    Current random wallpaper-Clint Eastwood Get Off My Lawn.

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