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    Bottom Line: You don't mess with perfection! There isn't an actor out there nowadays that could even come close to Duke's performance. The supporting cast in that film was superb as well.

    Thanks for all the warm welcomes folks!

    I've been on Western forums for years & just stumbled across this here one, & being the Duke fanatic that I am, hence my login name, I had to join! :teeth_smile:

    I am also members of True West Magazine's forum, as well as being a moderator on

    Stop on by & feel free to check our forum out as well!

    I tend to post a lot of pictures, so if it becomes a little overkill, please let me know & I'll taper it down.

    I've heard there were a lot of comparisons with The Shootist. At least he borrowed from the best! :shades_smile:

    Here's a copy of a post from one of the moderators on our forum. ( He is a Western author and a great historian:

    Re: What was the last non-western movie or tv you saw or currently watching
    « Reply #169 on: February 05, 2009, 05:36:29 AM »
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    Gran Torino finally came to our town and we went and saw it tonight. We thought it was very good overall. On a strictly personal level of the star's career, the ending reminded me so much of John Wayne's last movie, The Shootist. Clint has died before in the movies (Beguiled, for example), as did John, but if this was Clint's last film as an actor, he went out in style.

    Gran Torino and The Shootist:

    Both characters had lung cancer (John's was for real, though. Hmm, is Clint's?)
    Both were old and cynical.
    Both allowed themselves to become attached to a female and a young boy headed down the wrong road.
    Both got involved with his new friends' problems.
    Both knew they were dying, and sacrificed themselves for a principle.
    Both went down in a last scene of violence and gunfire, although John was shooting back.

    There was also a lot of humor in Gran Torino, and I say again that we enjoyed the hell out of it. Just another opinion.

    Post created by Chuck Lewis: aka: Dust Devil

    Being fairly new here, not sure if anyone's posted this one, but it's a hit at our household:

    Fart & Dart Beans

    Mix together one 16 ounce can of the following: Pinto beans, pork & beans, red kidney beans, lima beans, white northern beans and butter beans.

    1 lb cut up bacon
    1 chopped onion
    ½ tsp minced garlic
    ½ tsp prepared mustard
    ½ cup vinegar
    1 cup brown sugar

    Fry the bacon until done, but not crisp. Pour beans, bacon, onion and garlic into large pan and mix. Simmer for 15 minutes a combination of the mustard, vinegar and brown sugar.

    Pour the liquid over the beans and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Mix the beans a couple of times during the cooking process.

    This isn't really Western, or Duke, but it is definitely a random observation. Enjoy!


    1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's and early 70's !

    First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.
    They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

    Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

    We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

    We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

    Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Taco Bell.

    Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!

    We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this..

    We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.
    We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......


    We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

    No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY ,
    No video/DVD films,
    No mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

    We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
    Lawsuits from these accidents.

    Only girls had pierced ears!

    We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

    You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...

    We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,

    We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

    Mom didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!

    Football and Baseball had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on

    Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bully's always ruled the playground at school.

    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
    They actually sided with the law!

    Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kaitlin' and 'Tucker' and ''Shabiqua'.

    We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO

    And YOU are one of them!

    You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

    And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.