Duke's Quotes

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    There are 94 replies in this Thread. The last Post () by ethanedwards.

    • Re: Duke's Quotes

      Well, you like . . . each picture for . . . a different reason.
      But I think my favorite will always be the next one.

      [on television]
      I don't know if I love it or hate it,
      but there sure has never been any form of entertainment
      so . . . so . . . available to the human race with so little effort
      since they invented marital sex.

      And to all you folks out there, I want to thank you for the
      last fifty years of my career.
      And I hope I can keep at it another fifty years -
      or at least until I can get it right.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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      listen, i spoke to the man up there on many occasions
      and i have what i always had: Deep faith
      that there is a supreme being.
      There has to be, you know; it's just to me,
      that's just a normal thing, to have that kind of faith.
      The fact that he's let me stick around a little longer
      certainly goes great with me,
      and i want to hang around as long as i'm healthy
      and not in anybody's way.

      i'm a greedy old man. Life's been good to me, and i want some more of it.

      sure i wave the american flag. Do you know a better flag to wave?sure i love my country with all her faults.
      I'm not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be.
      I was proud when president nixon ordered the mining
      of haiphong harbor, which we should have done long ago,
      because i think we're helping a brave little country
      defend herself against communist invasion.
      That's what i tried to show in the green berets (1968)
      and i took plenty of abuse from the critics.
      Did you ever see reviews like that? Reviews with hatred and nastiness.
      Best Wishes
      London- England
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      His speech at The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970) (TV)
      Wow! Ladies and gentlemen, I'm no stranger to this podium.
      I've come up here and picked up these beautiful golden men before,
      but always for friends.
      One night I picked up two: one for Admiral John Ford
      and one for our beloved Gary Cooper.
      I was very clever and witty that night - the envy of, even, Bob Hope.
      But tonight I don't feel very clever, very witty.
      I feel very grateful, very humble,
      and I owe thanks to many, many people.
      I want to thank the members of the Academy.
      To all you people who are watching on television,
      thank you for taking such warm interest in our glorious industry.
      Good night.

      When you come slam bang up against trouble,
      it never looks half as bad if you face up to it.

      A man's got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.
      Best Wishes
      London- England
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      Three more:-
      When the road looks rough ahead,
      remember the Man Upstairs and the word Hope.
      Hang onto both and tough it out.

      We've made mistakes along the way,
      but that's no reason to start tearing up
      the best flag God ever gave to any country.

      [on his third wife Pilar Wayne]
      I can tell you why I love her. I have a lust for her dignity.
      I look at her wonderfully classic face,
      and I see hidden in it a sense of humor that I love.
      I think of wonderful, exciting, decent things when I look at her.
      Best Wishes
      London- England
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      Three more:-
      The West - the very words go straight to that place of the heart
      where Americans feel the spirit of pride in their western heritage
      - the triumph of personal courage over any obstacle,
      whether nature or man.

      There's a lot of yella bastards in the country
      who would like to call patriotism old-fashioned.
      With all that leftist activity, I was quite obviously on the other side.
      I was invited at first to a coupla cell meetings,
      and I played the lamb to listen to 'em for a while.
      The only guy that ever fooled me was the director Edward Dmytryk.
      I made a picture with him called Back to Bataan (1945).
      He started talking about the masses,
      and as soon as he started using that word
      - which is from their book, not ours - I knew he was a Commie.

      My main object in making a motion picture is entertainment.
      If at the same time I can strike a blow for liberty, then I'll stick one in.
      Best Wishes
      London- England
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      Three more:-
      I think those blacklisted people should have been sent over to Russia.
      They'd have been taken care of over there,
      and if the Commies ever won over here, why hell,
      those guys would be the first ones they'd take care of - after me.

      I said there was a tall, lanky kid that led 150 airplanes across Berlin.
      He was an actor, but that day, I said, he was a colonel.
      Colonel Jimmy Stewart
      So I said, "What is all this crap about Reagan being an actor?"

      The Green Berets (1968) made $7,000,000
      in the first three months of its release.
      This so-called intellectual group aren't in touch
      with the American people, regardless of [J. William Fulbright's] blatting,
      and Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern and Ted Kennedy.
      In spite of them the American people do not feel that way.
      Instead of taking a census, they ought to count
      the tickets that were sold to that picture.
      Best Wishes
      London- England
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      Three More:-
      In spite of the fact that Rooster Cogburn
      would shoot a fella between the eyes,
      he'd judge that fella before he did it.
      He was merely trying to make the area
      in which he was marshal livable for the most number of people.

      I wrote to the head man at General Motors and said,
      "I'm gonna have to desert you if you don't stop making cars for women.'"

      Paul Newman would have been a much more important star
      if he hadn't always tried to be an anti-hero,
      to show the human feet of clay.
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Re: Duke's Quotes

      On Donovan's Reef (1963)
      The script really called for a younger guy.
      I felt awkward romancing a young girl at my age.

      On Jet Pilot (1957)
      It is undoubtedly one of my worst movies ever.

      Contrary to what people think, I'm no politician,
      and when I have something to say I say it through my movies.
      Contrary to what people think, I'm no politician,
      and when I have something to say I say it through my movies.
      Best Wishes
      London- England
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      On Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)
      It just wasn't a well done picture. It needed better writing,
      it needed a little better care in making.

      I had the feeling my career was going to decline back in '68.
      I'd just had a big hit with The Green Berets,
      but I wasn't getting any younger and I knew Hellfighters
      wasn't going to set the box office on fire.
      Then I read a script for a film called True Grit.

      On High Plains Drifter (1973)
      That isn't what the West was all about.
      That isn't the American people who settled this country.
      Best Wishes
      London- England
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      On Raoul Walsh
      I've been very lucky in the men I've worked with.
      Raoul Walsh -- the heartiness and lustiness
      he gave to pictures I thought was tremendous.

      On They Came to Cordura (1959)
      How they got Gary Cooper to do that one!
      To me, at least, it simply degrades the Medal of Honor.
      The whole story makes a mockery of America's highest award for valor.
      The whole premise of the story was wrong, illogical,
      because they don't pick the type of men
      the movie picked to win the award,
      and that can be proved by the very history of the award.

      On Republic Pictures' chief Herbert J. Yates' failed attempts to make a star out of wife Vera Ralston
      Yates was one of the smartest businessmen I ever met.
      I respected him in many ways, and he liked me.
      But when it came to the woman he loved,
      his business brains just went flyin' out the window.
      Best Wishes
      London- England
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      About Herbert J Yates
      Yates made me use Vera Hruba ...
      I've always been mad at Yates about this,
      because we lost the chance to have one damn fine movie.
      - On The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

      I know what the critics think - that I can't act.
      What is a great actor anyway?
      Of course, you could say a great actor
      is one who can play many different parts, like Olivier can.
      But all the parts I play are tailor made for me.
      Best Wishes
      London- England
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      Stumpy wrote:

      The Duke and I are as one in our contempt for communism and/or socialism.

      The only difference between us that I can discern is that I was a hard-right conservative from the get-go and never was attracted to the other side at any time during my life. His remark about being a socialist at USC just goes to show you how so-called "higher education" can corrupt the best of us. I've noticed that throughout my life and feared that the two of my children who attended college would end up liberals but apparently the old man's influence and example won out because they're both pretty conservative. In fact, sometimes I think my younger son is even more conservative than me, if that's possible. :wink_smile:

      i think it was churchill who said ,''if your 20 and not a liberal, you don't have a heart. if your 40 and not a conservative, you don't have a brain''.
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- The Magnificent Seven (1960)

      One interesting bit of trivia is that assistant director Robert Relyea went from assisting Wayne on The Alamo to John Sturges on the Magnificent Seven.
      He developed a bleeding ulcer on Alamo and would have died if the stunt men didn't donate blood. Wayne leaned over Relyea in his hospital bed and growled "If you die, I'll kill you".
      Relyea's autobio "Not so Quiet on the Set" has full chapters on Alamo and Magnificent Seven. There's one argument between Wayne and Widmark that is hilarious, but not fit to print on this forum.

      We deal in lead, friend.