The NFL has a commercial in which a couple of Arizona Cardinals male fans take part of the picket fence around one of them’s home to the game so they can hoist up one of those “D-Fence” signs. The wife calls them at the game to complain.
The home is in a neighborhood unlike any I’ve ever seen in Arizona.
I like the John Wayne movies with a sense of humor in them. Last week I was watching North to Alaska when I realized the creek where Sam McCord and George Pratt had their gold claim was the same one where Dennis Hopper got killed for trying to squeal in the original True Grit.
I looked this up, and it was also used in a scene of Nevada Smith, the Steve McQueen movie, which I’ve now got to watch sometime just so I can see the creek again. North to Alaska was made in 1960, Nevada Smith in 1966 and True Grit in 1969. The creek is in Colorado.
I know the character names in North to Alaska because they are mentioned in Johnny Horton’s theme song, and the name of Hopper’s character is not mentioned — or any others — in Glen Campbell’s theme song in True Grit.
The latter song, by the way, is poorly written. It reminded me of a song written for an Elvis movie. But … the pain of it will ease a bit if you find a man with true grit. Mattie Ross, of Dardanelle in Yell County, Arkansas, is “Little Girl” in the song.
Why am I bringing all this up? Well, I’m trying to come up with something.
What got me thinking about this is the work I’m doing on a modern western novel, Cowboys Come Home (I’m still writing, so it doesn’t get italics yet). I wasn’t alive in 1946, the time of the yarn, and when I finally grew up, it wasn’t in Texas. From time to time, I have to do some research into what the brand name of a whisky might have been in Texas after World War II, and favored brands of police squad cars, and what a cheerleader uniform looked like at that time.
Stuff like that.
In True Grit, at least the movies (not the Charles Portis novel), Rooster Cogburn (Wayne) rides headlong into the Ned Pepper (Robert Duvall) gang firing a Colt Dragoon in one hand and a Winchester rifle in the other that wasn’t introduced until 11 years after the time depicted in the movie.
I’m probably going to make a mistake like that, but I’m doing my best to avoid it.
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