A few weeks back I was watching a 1939 movie entitled "Dodge
City", staring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, one of
Hollywood's most beautiful ladies. At the end of the film, the scene
was Errol Flynn and his buddies, the good guys, having a gun fight
with Bruce Cabot and his buddies, the bad guys. And in all places,
it's in the mail car of a
moving train. Add to that, the place was also on fire.
situation such as this there's usually an urgency to conclude
things. So, both sides realizing that this was a stand-off, and due
to the ever increasing fire, someone would have to make a move
which most likely would result in death. Tense, wouldn't you say?
Well, guess who walks in the door, on the side where the bad guys
were? Olivia de Havilland! Now things have changed. Errol and his
buddies now realize they can not shoot at the bad guys in fear of
hitting Olivia, since the bad guys now have de Havilland in their
Moving quickly along so I can get to my point, the
bad guys escape only to be shot by the good guys from the train, as
the bad guys try to get away on horses. Back up a moment. What's
wrong with this picture? What normal
person in their right mind, after hearing an enormous amount of gun
fire, would look at a mail car that was riddled with bullet holes
and in flames, would suddenly decide, "I think I'll go in there."
Down through the years the movies have taken this
situation, modified it for the particular story and times, and
filmed it over and over. I would bet the ladies
are getting tired of being portrayed this way.
Hollywood made a 12
chapter serial of the "Perils of Pauline". As popular as it was, it
was still a woman always finding herself impossible situations, and
you probably have noticed, it's still going on today.
Ladies, I just want you to know, I think this
is an insult to your intelligence and it's about time for Hollywood to come