Movie Wisdom – John Mitchum Edition

24 Nov

It is probably too soon for another edition of Movie Wisdom, but I have been inspired by one of my favorite movies, which is on television at this very moment. El Dorado stars John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum and a ton of character actors. One of those actors is Robert Mitchum’s brother, John.

John Mitchum was never a leading man like his brother, but he was in a bunch of good movies. In honor of finding this gem deep in the heart of my satellite dish, this is the Movie Wisdom that can be found in the movies of John Mitchum.John Mitchum

From Stalag 17

Just because they are dumb doesn’t mean that they’re stupid.

From My Fair Lady

The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.

The French don’t care what they do actually, as long as they pronounce it properly.

There even are places where English completely disappears; in America they haven’t used it for years.

Women are irrational, that’s all there is to that!

From El Dorado

Next time you shoot somebody, don’t go near ’em till you’re… sure they’re dead!

Faith can move mountains, but it can’t beat a faster draw.

From Bandolero!

There things a man ought never do – spit in church, scratch his self in front of his ma, and pick his nose.

From Chisum

Because no matter where people go, sooner or later there’s the law. And sooner or later they find God’s already been there.

We may have to be neighbors, but I don’t have to be neighborly.

From High Plains Drifter

It’s what people know about themselves inside that makes ’em afraid.

They say the dead don’t rest without a marker of some kind.

From Magnum Force

A man’s got to know his limitations.

From The Outlaw Josey Wales

Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’.

Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean.

It’s sad that governments are chiefed by the double tongues.

Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms.

Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.

Without a doubt, those are wise words.


8 Responses to “Movie Wisdom – John Mitchum Edition”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong November 24, 2014 at 02:21 #

    “Faith can move mountains, but it can’t beat a faster draw.” Yup. Absolutely. The basic premise of ALL westerns. And other stuff. One of Harry Dresden’s premises is that magic is great, but a 45 will stop them every time. And faster.

    • Rick November 24, 2014 at 02:27 #

      It is one of my all time favorite lines. Christopher George is the one who says it.

  2. DyingNote November 24, 2014 at 12:11 #

    Gems, all.

    • Rick November 24, 2014 at 15:26 #

      He was in some good ones.

      • DyingNote November 24, 2014 at 15:33 #

        I meant the quotes. I’m not much of a movie person

  3. jcalberta November 24, 2014 at 20:27 #

    Good one. You can see the resemblance to be sure.

    • Rick November 24, 2014 at 21:46 #

      He was in some great movies, too.


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