It Dropped into Dodge 77 years ago

14 Apr

A couple days ago I watched Dodge City (1939)— (Lord only knows how many times I have) and a little tid-bit stored in my small tiny pea brain came to the for front, about how Hollywood had broken away from the tradition of premiering films in places such their California theaters – this time they premiered in Dodge City, Kansas, of which, cough-cough! you ready fro this? the city in which the movie was made about – bet you never knew that did you? right! Ok well lets move on my fellow Flynnsters – It premiered there 77 years ago this past April 1st – 1939. I wonder if TCM who broadcast it this past week knew of this – there was no intro to the movie from Robert Osborn or Ben Mankiewicz as there are a couple times a night prior to the movie, so not sure if there were any notion to this premier history? Yet I found it interesting so I research a little and found this article that posted in March of 2015 in the Dodge City Daily Globe.

This movie, to me, is another excellent western that stands the test of time, 77 years strong!

It has also always been considered to have had the best bar brawl scene of movies.

although his performance shines bright, our man Flynn did not like it so much, especailly the part about him being Irish and traveling the world in order to make a fit into a western hero due to his accent; he thought of it as BS and another JW exploitation of swashbuckling hero jumping from ships to road apple streets.

Personally I can understand his wanting dif, but for me; I sur’em glad he mad’em partner….…


— Sergio


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    April 14, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Darn tootin’, Serge. That is some of the coolest footage ever filmed. Thanks for posting it up! Errol & Annie obviously had themselves a blast.


    • Sergio

      April 14, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      you know they did GT…fun time for sure…

  2. David DeWitt

    April 15, 2016 at 1:06 am

    I passed through Dodge City on my way out to the East Coast four years ago. I found the theatre where Errol spoke to the crowd inside from the stage. It wasn’t the big wide marquee you see in this video. It was half a block away, a much smaller theatre marquee, and it had been torn down, the parts of it lay just inside locked doors on the carpet. I drove the parade route that was two blocks away. Those big tubular storage bins you see are still in town and look exactly the same. I stayed a night in town at the wyatt Earp Inn, and in the morning got the hell out of Dodge …

    • Sergio

      April 15, 2016 at 1:34 am

      lol!!! good one David – did you drive out quickly before they hang ya?..
      By the way did you happen to take any pics of that theater/

  3. The Zaca

    April 15, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Love love love this film and call me a sap but at the end, as he and O ride off into the sunset in that wagon, the music always makes me tear up. Thanks for sharing the great You Tube, SERGIO!!!

    • Sergio

      April 15, 2016 at 2:03 am

      glad you liked it Zac – yeah I love that ending really gives that traditional meaning of riding off into the sunset for sure, and what a great looking couple to have made the scene even that much more beautiful… great music as always by Max Steiner adding the special touch.

      Errol throws out the window in the barbershop scene was his good friend Buster Wiles; good stunt man and knew how to throw back those drinks alongside of Flynn in the many years they paled around together..

  4. Gentleman Tim

    April 15, 2016 at 2:21 am

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