Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines: J is for J. B. Books!

"I'm back!" she said nine times in a row. Give me an A! Give me a B! Yada yada yada ... J!

It's that time again (uh...April) and time for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z challenge  This is my 2nd year attempting to complete the challenge without embarassing the whole dang family.

Thanks to the creator, Arlee Bird (Tossing It Out), and the team that helps make thewhole A-to-Z shebang happen. A list of great participants can be found at the A to Z Blog site.  The basic idea is to blog every day in April except Sundays (26 days), alphabetically, theme optional. Of course, I had to go with a theme: Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines. Let's get with it...all hail the Duke, 'cause J is for J. B. Books!

In "The Shootist", John Wayne played an aging gunman dying of cancer. The character Wayne plays is John Bernard Books -- or J. B. Books. The Old West is fading, much like Books and he wants to die with a little gunslinger flair. Ron Howard played Gillom Rogers, who Books takes under his wing and Lauren Bacall plays the widow Bond Rogers, Gillom's mother, who is concerned about the lack of a father figure in Gillom's life...and I'm not telling you everything about the movie 'cause I want you to watch it for yourself!

J is for J. B. Books!

"I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. 
I won't be laid a-hand on. 
I don't do these things to other people, 
and I require the same from them."

 [To the bumbling bandit who attempts to rob him
"Friend, you better get another line of work; 
this one sure don't fit your pistol."

"...I don't believe I ever killed a man that didn't deserve it."

"Sometimes it isn't being fast that counts, or even accurate; 
but willing. Most men will draw a breath or blink an eye
 before they shoot... I won't."

See you tomorrow for K!
Thanks, STMcC!


  1. My dad loved Westerns and John Wayne was one of his favourites. He would have loved this post. Somehow, despite all the gunslinging, I never got into the Westerns.

  2. I think that maybe, just maybe, the thing people love about westerns is this: the characters are strong (real men!) with an honor code (not always understood by all, but they're very clear on it). In its way, the straightforwardness of it is beautiful to watch. It isn't simple, but it's clear.

  3. John Wayne- the Legend!! My dad had dozens of his movies on DVD and when he would go to hospital he would take them over any other movie with his portable dvd player. The Shootist is a great one!

  4. DOC, you've made me well again! Thanks!
    (I think "Jesus" would have been the ideal choice. Unfortunately, I don't feel the real Jesus has ever really been properly portrayed on film. And if you can't have Jesus, John Wayne is the next best thing.)

    I also think GIRL WONDER is onto something. There are several things about Westerns that make them my overall favorite movie genre, but surely the "real man" and "real woman" aspect of them loom large. Today's society is so lacking in "real men". We do, however, have plenty of girlie men, metrosexuals and beta men.

    This was a great movie. Wish I had a buck for every time I've watched it. And even as an older woman, Lauren Bacall was still hot, Hot, HOT!

    Here are a couple more moments that make 'THE SHOOTIST' my second favorite Duke picture...

    Mrs. Rogers: Do you know that man?
    John Bernard Books: Not him personally; but I had some dealings with his brother, Albert.
    Mrs. Rogers: What kind of dealings?
    [Books looks at her]
    Mrs. Rogers: Oh.

    J.B. is just trying to die quietly and with a little dignity, but everyone wants to make money on his name before he goes. This writer of cheap Western fiction got the boot (LITERALLY!) when Books shoved the barrel of his gun into the writer's mouth and told him to back out toward the front door of the Rogers' house...

    Books: Now, we're heading for the front door. Don't you shake, shiver, or sneeze.
    Mrs. Rogers: Mr. Books! What in heaven's name are you doing?
    Books: Ma'am, we have a touchy situation here.

    God bless The Duke!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

      Where I currently live, it's only about a 30 minute drive to the actual house that played the part of Bond Rogers's home in 'THE SHOOTIST'. It's in Carson City, NV., just a few blocks west of the main street in town, and it still looks much like it did in the movie.

      Every time I've visited it, I could almost swear you can still hear the thump of Books' boot against Dobkins' butt.

      ~ D-FensDogG

  5. Another movie I've heard of. I'm almost up to 50%!

  6. It's been a long time since I've seen the film, but I still recognize some of the quotes.

  7. I understand John Wayne was an American hero, but he would have been a much better actor if he could ACTUALLY act!!

  8. Oh, that was a lovely character. A sweet later in life performance for the Duke. Love Ron Howard in it, too.


  9. This is one of my favourite films and one of the top 5 John Wayne films. I cry every time since it feels we are watching a bit of his own life here.


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