He must need the cash.
ConnieFromHaiti wrote:There is another Hirschfeld drawing that Ned and I posted a few years ago that is for the November 14, 1960 TV show tie-in The Spirit of the Alamo. It is somewhere in this thread I think. ( P.S. - This is Richard writing from Connie's computer in Pennsylvania.)
"Parson" Hank Worden, watching a 35mm widescreen print of THE ALAMO at Joe Musso's place,
1986. Seated next to Hank are Danny and Little Charlie Morfin, with Dan Gagliasso and Phil Martin
directly behind them. (Photo courtesy of Craig Covner)
Aside from us watching the film with Hank and listening with rapt attention to his remembrances
of the days of filming, Craig Covner had brought along a tape recorder and sort of 'relived' Hank's
death scene via a Waynamo script. Hank read his lines about how he wanted to thank Davy "from
the bottom of his heart", while Craig read the Wayne lines. Of course now we have the missing
death scene thanks to the Director's cut, but at the time, it was an Alamo first.
Another highlight of the above occasion was when Joe Musso called up Bill Chemerka and then put
Hank on the line to speak with him. Only Bill will be able to tell us all just how he felt at that moment,
I can assure all that after receiving that wonderful phone call from Hank, I was taken back and then
some. It was truly memorable and Hank was so kind with his words. My fellow Alamo Society members
from California (especially host Joe Musso) were very considerate; in fact, they even took a photo of
Hank on the phone with me and mailed me the image, which I still have.
AlamoAaron wrote:This was the second Alamo movie I watched. At first I was blown away (and not just by the Alamo chapel), but as I studied up on it, I became annoyed on the endless inaccuracies. Now, don't get me wrong, Wayne's Alamo is a good piece of cinema: it would almost be better if it was a non Alamo movie. A huge weakness to the film is the Cold War themes and references throughout the three hour movie. It took away from the historical side.
Honestly, I wasn't impressed with any of the three leading actors; John Wayne is John Wayne, not John Crockett or David Wayne.
Richard Widmark was sour and constantly ill-tempered. Now, it would be different if in the story Ursula and the kids died and he was that way, but since she wasn't (again in the movie), his personality was boorish.
Laurence Harvey; Travis was not a staunch Brit and his snobbish personality really degrades his character and the film.
Now, these are just my opinions. I mean no disrespect to John Wayne, the Alamo or this website.
(but heck, Wayne' Alamo is better than Texas Rising!"
RLC-GTT wrote:Yep. I agree -- even if it seems in conflict with what I said above.
NefariousNed wrote:The point being missed here is that most of us were young, impressionable kids and THE ALAMO just blew our socks off and left an indelible impression, one that continues to this day. That is part of the power of Film. We wouldn't be here discussing Alamo had it not been for John Wayne. True, Disney's "Davy Crockett At The Alamo" may've whet a few whistles, but it was nothing compared to the falling-down drunk experience that would follow some five years later.
The set, the soundtrack, the cinematography, the overwhelming scope of seeing it on the BIG screen. For those of you who have only had the opportunity of seeing it on TV, I feel sorry for you. As Frank Thompson once noted, seeing THE ALAMO on TV is like seeing a postcard of the Grand Canyon instead of the real thing. Impossible for the overall grandeur to shine through.
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