Duke and Bogie

John “Duke” Wayne

John Wayne “Duke” & Humphrey “Bogie” Bogart – The youngsters today could never relate to this—kids today are so spoiled with the entertainment choices they have. They never had to deal with adjusting the tinfoil on the rabbit ears just to lessen the interference that was causing your family’s black and white television that created snow on your favorite program. Growing up, we only had 3 channels on the tube—no Netflix or amazon prime. AM radio ruled the airways, and you actually had to go to the movies. Once at the movies you were not dazzled by special effects—the men and woman, the actors that became the stories you learned to love memorized you. There was no gender confusion in the movies men were men and women were women. I loved the movies from back then—still do.

A friend of mine recently in a discussion about John Wayne said, “I love the Duke, but the man could not act worth a damn!”

I thought about that statement and hell John Wayne even admitted in an interview once he just portrayed John Wayne in every role. Could he act—Hell No. What he was is what every red-blooded American boy wanted to be. He was a man that stood for something and fought for it. He got to kiss the pretty girl; Hell, I loved John Duke Wayne. I cried the day he died.

When I was a kid, we went to movies not because we knew what the story was about. We went because the movie had Humphrey Bogart, or John Wayne in it. Think about that we went because of the actors were bigger than life, they were bigger than their stories. We wanted to be like them. Tough and capable men that overcame what life threw at them and more than likely had to kill a few bad guys in the process.

We didn’t want to see Shakespeare sonnet at the movies we went to see John Wayne play “The Duke” of Humphrey Bogart play “Bogie” and kick some butt and take names.

Humphrey “Bogie” Bogart

Actors today are part of the whinny and offended about everything generation. There are a few that could almost fill the shoes of The Duke or Bogie—almost. Those older actors had style, they knew how to carry themselves and how to approach adversary. No wishy prissy bullshit about them or the way they saw things. They were American men who “acted” like men. They were themselves. Could they act? Who cares? I certainly didn’t.

Guessing there is a reason for things—I suppose everything happens for a reason. Those older films live on and they are remade all the time.They had a set of standards and ideals that are timeless. Take a few hours and kick back and explore what I am talking about and watch Casablanca, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Maltese Falcon, The Searchers, and The Shootist. You will see some of the greatest roles ever portrayed on the big screen, they can be recreated, but never as good as what you are watching.

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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographer’s through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 5 novels all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand Kurt has also released a poetry collection - Poetry and Thoughts of a Wandering Man - (Uniquely Colorado edition) and now this collection - Poetry and Reflections of a Wandering Man (Random Thoughts edition) all are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is working on his 6th Colorado adventure tale novel “Conner’s Saga”.
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Kurt James

Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographer’s through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 5 novels all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand Kurt has also released a poetry collection - Poetry and Thoughts of a Wandering Man - (Uniquely Colorado edition) and now this collection - Poetry and Reflections of a Wandering Man (Random Thoughts edition) all are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is working on his 6th Colorado adventure tale novel “Conner’s Saga”.

6 thoughts on “Duke and Bogie

  • September 29, 2019 at 9:05 PM
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    I can totally relate to your sentiments in this essay/article, Kurt. The Duke and Bogie were real men. there were others from that era and a little later as well such as Clint Eastwood, Charles Bonson, Randolph Scott etc. Yes, we did watch the movies because of the actors and didn’t really care about the story line. Good job.

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    • October 3, 2019 at 5:35 PM
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      Clint, Charles, and Randolph were just as exciting and filled the screen such as Bogie and the Duke. Glad you could relate to this article John. (I think that means we are old..lol)

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  • September 30, 2019 at 6:31 AM
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    The Duke and Bogie were two of my favorite actors. They don’t come like that anymore. Great poem, Kurt.

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    • October 3, 2019 at 5:36 PM
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      Agreed Phyllis, maybe it is my age showing, but they don’t make great movies like they use to.

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  • October 1, 2019 at 3:46 PM
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    I am more of a Casablanca fan but have very fond memories of watching John Wayne westerns with my Grandpa when he was sill alive. Great read thank you Kurt for sharing. Jamie

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    • October 3, 2019 at 5:38 PM
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      Glad to see you are a Casablanca fan Jaimie – it is my #1 all time favorite movie – seen it more than a couple of dozen times and I know all the dialogue – my kids to their agony can attest to that…lol..

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