May 29, 2005
*Did you ever notice that Matt Dillon has no beard? No matter how many days he's out on the trail, he never shows even a five-o'clock shadow. Amazing! How can a guy that bad and that ballsy have a face that never even grows peach fuzz?
*Three of the most absolutely gag-me chunks of cheese you can find in television reruns are "The Time Tunnel," "Alias Smith and Jones" and "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea." BEJUS, but those shows suck! All three were hits in their time.
*I would add "Lost in Space" to that list, but that show managed to become so cheesy that it was it was good, if you like really rancid cheese. "DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!" That series is kinda like The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It sucks so bad that it pulls you in.
*I saw George Lindsay as a villain on "Gunsmoke" today, long before he ever played "Goober Pyle" on the "Andy Griffith Show." He acted just like Goober except he wore a cowboy hat.
*I cannot take Larry King seriously. I'm sorry, but the guy just makes me think of a lizard when I see him. If he's a serious "journalist," I'm a goddam jet pilot. The man is a clown, complete with red suspenders.
*My five favorite character actors of all time are Bruce Dern, Jack Elam, Strother Martin, Denver Pyle and Slim Pickins. Close runners-up are Ben Johnson, LQ Jones, Dub Taylor, Jeremy Slate and Dennis Hopper. Did you know that Slim and Ben were rodeo cowboys before they got into acting?
*And YES!!! I am bow-legged. I shoulda been a cowboy myself.
(UPDATE: I don't know how I forgot Warren Oates on my list of favorite character actors. That guy was almost as toothy and nasty as Bruce Dern.)
bow legged just makes it easier to wrap your legs around..... nm I'm being perverted.
I remember that one of the sponsors of "Gunsmoke" was an electric shaver company. I think it was Remington but it may have been Norelco.
Anyway, I distincly recall in one of the commercials "Doc" was riding on a buggy shaving with the rechargable shaver. I had never seen a cordless shaver until that time.
Maybe he lent it to Matt for those long trail rides.
I was an extra in a movie many years ago with Jack Elam.....he was a pretty cool guy too.
I used to know Rex Allen, the singing cowboy. Remember him?
Richard Farnsworth was a pretty good actor too, especially considering he started out as a stuntman. He was a likeable character, but it was hard to beat ole Slim and Ben.
Like your list. Have to add Gabby Hayes, Smiley Burnett, Walter Brennan & Jack Palance. Can't for the life of me remember the dude's name who played Larry Hagman's Dad on "Dallas", but he was in a million westerns. Jim Davis?
Speaking of bad, how about "My Mother the Car". I don't even think it was ever in re-runs...
I used to love "Time Tunnel". 'Course I was a kid at the time. Don't remember much about it except it had cool effects, for the time.Star Trek showed up and kicked it's ass.Still, the whirling tunnel gets me... whirling... whirling.. aaaahhhh.....
I'll never look at larry king without thinking of a lizard every again .. thanks for the great belly laugh (I hate the guy personally).
Have a good holiday weekend.
mention cowboys and actors in the same post and I automatically think Sam Elliott. Best cowboy character ever...IMO.
So Rob...what do you think of The Wild Bunch?
A helluva movie, and it has lots of your favorite actors in it, too.
As I recall, Gunsmoke and Matt Dillon had a very strong appeal to women. I think they used to advertise a lot of soap, if memory serves me correctly.
Maybe that's why Matt was always clean shaven.
I'll watch ANY movie or TV show that has Strother Martin in it.
On another note, have you ever seen "The Loved One" ? Rod Steiger's role in that was incredible and creepy especially his mother.
There were a couple from the old John Wayne films.
Victor McLaglen and Ward Bond, two gents who always seemed to add something to the "Dukes" movies.
Naw, acidman. You and I would have been better indians seeing as how we seem to rersent authority. Cowboys always were the good guys plus they kissed the fucking horses instead of the women. And, I think I would look good in feathers. Even wear one in my cowboy hat.
As I recall, "Alias Smith and Jones" was a ripoff of the coneit in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" of the outlaws going straight. Buit I do remember Claudine Longet at her peak in one episode of that show. Yum!
All those mentioned are classics. One of the better ones recently was the late JT Walsh. Here is his IMDB entry: http://imdb.com/name/nm0000687/
I'm keeping up watching COMBAT as it's being released on DVD. Just about done with season 3. Needless to say, it was my favorite TV show as a boy. Vic Morrow plays his part wonderfully.
With the death of Eddie Albert, I've broken out some of my cpoies ofepisodes of GREEN ACRES. It was pretty silly, but they really got off some good lines.
I always liked the Mexican guy in HOMBRE, the one that says, "...we kill the pretty woman, the soft pretty woman..." I don't know his name. Both Ben Johnson and Slim were in that Brando revenge western with Mauldin. Love that one. And who can forget Slim putting on his cowboy hat in Dr. Strangelove when the Fail Safe code is authenticated much less riding the bomb down at the end? And he was great too in THE GETAWAY, the real one with McQueen.
And someone mentioned THE WILD BUNCH, man it was jam packed with great parts. Remember Warren Oates? And Robert Ryan? RR could really play gritty. Saw him in a boxing movie from the 40's, done in real time. Excellent. Also just saw a Korean War movie with him, MEN IN WAR. Best lost patrol flick I've ever seen
I'm suprised you didn't mention Albert Salmi.
Once on Johnny Carson, Bruce Dern commented that once he was driving across Arizona in his convertable when he passed a highway patrolman coming in the opposite direction. He sort of noticed that the officer took a hard look as he passed. The patrol car did a hard U-turn across the median and on came the lights.
Bruce Dern wasn't quite sure what he'd done, but he assumed that he had a problem when the officer drew down on him and had Bruce go spread eagle on the ground.
After patting him down, the officer gave BD the third degree. "Where you from? Where you going? Why? Etc.
Finally, the officer said that he had stopped him because something about BD's looks made the officer feel that he'd seen him on a wanted poster or something.
BD asked if the officer went to movies and when the reply was "yes" asked him if he'd seen any John Wayne movies lately. The officer again replied in the affirmative and asked why that was relevant.
Bruce Dern told him that he was the actor that shot John Wayne in a recent movie (Sorry, but I can't recall the name of the movie. "The Shootist" perhaps?).
At that point, it all came together for the policeman and the two of them had a good laugh.
As the policeman left, he yelled out to Bruce Dern that if he ever saw Jack Elam to tell him to never drive that stretch of road with his car top down cause he'd get thrown in the can, just because....
Bruce shot the Duke in "the Cowboys."
What was one of the last lines in "The Wild Bunch"...something like "It ain't much, but it's all we've got"?
I think the line was, "It ain't like the old days... but it'll do."