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The Man from Laramie (1955)
My boyhood hero
When I was a young boy of 11 and 12, James Stewart played this same type of man on the radio in 1953 and 1954 as The Six Shooter, "the Texas plainsman who left behind a trail of still remembered legends". Even now I think it was the best radio drama I ever heard. I loved radio's Gunsmoke and yet The Six Shooter was far better. I wanted to be just like him as I grew up, and I think it has affected me all my life. It only lasted one year because apparently James Stewart refused to advertise cigarettes.
I don't know about director Mann but I do remember that my older brother Tom and I could not wait until the Man from Laramie came to the local screen, in 1957 as I recall. A far more heroic man than John Wayne, who never even served his country in the military. The character Brit Ponsett(sp?) was a wonderful role model for us kids that had life long inspiration. The character in The Man From Laramie was obviously also something heartfelt by James Stewart himself.
The Misfits (1961)
I remember when this movie came out in 1961. I didn't know how great it was then. I only knew I wanted to see it again the other night and see if I had missed something when I was younger and thought it was interesting. By the end of the movie I had tears streaming down my face and I am an English major who wanted to be a writer. I have 3 university degrees and thought I knew a lot but only in the last few weeks or so have I found what wisdom means and how much more valuable it is than so-called education. Retarded people can be wise! This movie has nothing to do with celebrity. It has to do with a fine actress who did an astounding performance along with Clift and Gable. Probably the finest performances in their lives in the hands of a master, based on a surefooted and confident playwright and also director who knew what they were doing. For those who don't recognize this I can only say try and read parables and explain them. Then you might get it. Don't be like the Zen student who tries to explain a riddle and gets slapped by the master who tells him go back and think some more.