Friday, June 24, 2011

Tough Talk 101: Have Gun - Will Travel, 'Ambush', 23 April 1960.

"Well, now, Devereaux, I have found your soft spot, haven't I? It has to play off your way, doesn't it? But you won't turn the wheel unless it's fixed. How many alleys you waited in, Devereaux? How many men you've shot in the back? Now this time you may be miscalculating. ... Oh, you won't miss this time. You'll hit me. But I'm fast, Devereaux. I'm very fast. And there's just a chance my finger might close over that trigger while I'm falling. Maybe, just maybe, the shot'll hit home. Odds are all on your side, but it isn't foolproof. Not like clubbing a man to death. Not like putting your gun to the back of his head!"

Paladin (Richard Boone) drills into Devereaux (Alan Dexter) in Have Gun - Will Travel 'Ambush' from 23 April 1960, Boone's third episode as director (repeating the theatrical enclosure of his second, 'Fight at Adobe Wells', and a definite step-up from his first, the clumsy 'The Night the Town Died').

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Poetry on TV: 'The Equalizer' and William Butler Yeats' 'The Second Coming'

Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) and W. Donald Polk (Brian Bedford) recite a few lines of 'The Second Coming' by William Butler Yeats in The Equalizer, 'Bump and Run', 20 November 1985 (an episode also featuring an appearance by Meat Loaf).

From Poem of the Week:

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)


Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Dying Words: Gunsmoke, 'Reed Survives', 31 December 1955.

'Is that you, Marshal? I admire you, Marshal. You have such implicit faith in the law. Good thing, I suppose. But there's no law to cover an old man being a fool --'

John Carradine croaks in 'Reed Survives', Gunsmoke, 31 December 1955.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Australian TV News: The Fourth Estate on the Third Estate

"private education and private health care would be considered necessities these days"

Ron Wilson, Channel Ten Morning News, 6 June 2011.

I guess plebs don't watch the news. Ron Wilson reminds us who the news is really made for while giving a cheery report on young people entering the housing market.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 'in 2010 66% of students in Australia attended government schools, 20% attended Catholic schools and 14% attended independent schools'.

As for health care, DFAT reports that 'forty-three per cent of the population' have private health insurance.