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Women, Perils, And The Movies

Barry Worrell - September 28, 2012

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.

In a 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 hands.

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 as 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 up with something else.

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