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Ben Johnson, Someone to remember


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Great screencaps my little Oklahoma Kid... ha. I LOVE the top one where he is sitting there in that chair..... sigh (the bottom few... VERY hard to watch... that whole fight was TOO much fight for me... ha. (I know... and I call myself a PEACEMAKER...ha)

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Sorry, Roro! I thought that might be a little harsh..... I didn't post the most vicious closeups... or the part where Ben is knocked senseless....cause I didn't want to upset anyone.... :)

 

Here's the antidote (from *Wagon Master* ):

 

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"Sandy....."

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"I'm a goin' courtin'."

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"Sure hope I see you again,Miss Denver."

 

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"Don't bank on it. We move around. In a medicine show, you have to to keep healthy."

 

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"You move a lot in tradin' horses, too."

 

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"Good thing about it, though......

 

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......you get to know a lot of country."

 

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"Like a valley I got in mind."

 

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A man could make an awful nice cattle ranch in that valley...."

 

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"If he didn't mind bein' lonesome...."

 

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"And he had someone to kinda help him with the cookin' and such."

 

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"Goodbye, fella."

 

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Joanna Dru's finest moment.

 

That is the scene that made me fall hard for Wagon Master and for Ben Johnson. The whole thing is beautiful..... HE'S beautiful..... and I cried twice posting those caps. (Yes, I had to post them TWICE, because the $%^ message boards deleted them after I got done the first time, and no draft was saved. GRRRRR.)

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Cinemafan-

 

I found this little article about Selig studios in Edendale..... I thought of you when I saw it. It adds a little to the other information about Edendale, and about Selig studios which produced many early westerns including the Tom Mix pictures. Without Selig, Fat Jones would not have made a name for himself training and renting horses to the studios, and Ben would probably never have come to Hollywood. There is also a story on the death and funeral of Lewis Stone, scroll down below that to get to the Selig Studios article.

 

http://blog.allanellenberger.com/tag/thomas-ince/

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Great find, JackF! We are getting quite a collection here. I am working on a few more things to add, from books I got from the library.

 

I found this online, courtesy *Tulsa World.* It has some nice insight on his life.

 

 

*Actor Buried Near Pawhuska*

 

By Staff Reports

Published: 4/15/1996

Last Modified: 2/27/2007 8:35 AM

 

PAWHUSKA (AP) -- Ben Johnson's hometown friends remembered him

as a genuine cowboy unchanged by Hollywood fame as they laid him to

rest Sunday next his wife on the prairie where he grew up riding and roping.

More than 400 mourners gathered under sunny skies at a cemetery

near this small northeastern Oklahoma town to honor the

Oscar-winning actor they knew by the nickname, "Son."

"He was not a movie star. He was Ben Johnson and that is why this man was

great," said Clem McSpadden, a former Oklahoma congressman who befriended

Johnson during his days as a champion rodeo performer.

The star of more than 300 films, mostly Westerns, died Monday of

an apparent heart attack in Mesa, Ariz., at age 77. About 500

people attended his funeral Thursday in Mesa.

Strong winds whipped the canopy where Johnson's family gathered

in front of a daisy- and carnation-covered casket Sunday for a

final goodbye. Several men clutched their cowboy hats to their

chests as a single fiddle sounded the twanging notes of "Just a

Closer Walk With Thee."

Many of the mourners grew up with Johnson and said he stayed

true to his Oklahoma roots.

Johnson got his first big break in 1939. He drove a load of

horses by truck to California for use in "The Outlaw" and was hired

as the film's horse wrangler.

He was working as a double and stuntman when he was discovered

by director John Ford, who cast him as a cavalry

sergeant in two of

his films and gave him the starring role in "The Wagon Master."

But it was a non-Western that brought Johnson an Academy Award

in 1971. He won best supporting actor for his role as a poolroom

operator in "The Last Picture Show."

Johnson was born in nearby Foraker and was reared on the

Chapman-Bernard Ranch.

He won a World Champion Cowboy title in 1953 and returned regularly to

Oklahoma for the Ben Johnson Celebrity Rodeo he started in 1985 to raise

money to benefit Children's Medical Research Inc.

Johnson was buried next to his wife of 54 years, Carol, who died

in 1994. He is survived by his 95-year-old mother, Ollie Rider, a

sister, two nephews and a niece.

By Staff Reports

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>About 500+ people attended his funeral Thursday in Mesa. Strong winds whipped the canopy where Johnson's family gathered in front of a daisy- and carnation-covered casket Sunday for a final goodbye. Several men clutched their cowboy hats to their chests as a single fiddle sounded the twanging notes of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee."

 

Wow. I am first of all impressed that he had 500 hundred people at his funeral, and secondly by how very Fordian it all sounds. I am too emotional today to read this stuff....it makes me choke up.

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OH MY GOD! YOU MADE THAT?

 

I am really really impressed! That's awesome!

 

I wish I had it on a continual loop on a tiny screen I could carry with me everywhere..... I need it in front of my eyes at all times.

 

Wait. they probably do make something like that nowadays......just shows you how behind the times I am... :)

 

Anyway, it's beeyootiful....I'll just have a wee drop in your honor...

 

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It really wasn't that tough to do once I figured out the easiest way to do it. ;) Your

screencaps were perfect because they were in sequence and they didn't have subtitles,

as most of mine do. I'm going to keep practicing.

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I can't seem to post pictures with the subtitles. I can capture them with the subtitles on, then when I go to look at them --- surprise! No subtitles. I think they must be on a different layer from the actual photos, but I haven't figured out how to drop them onto the picture permanently.

 

Or maybe I am just a ditz.....yeah. That's it....

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Hi Miss Favell!

 

How do you "take" the capture in the first place---do you use Printscreen and then

paste the image into a photoeditor, like Windows Paint? That's very odd that it

would not show the subtitles....

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I have a player in my computer called VLC Media Player. It has a drop down screen for turning on and off subtitles, and a drop down screen for taking "snapshots". I can turn on the subtitles, and then I click snapshots, and voila! screen caps. Just not with subtitles.....I keep thinking one day I will figure it out.... but so far, I'm stymied.

 

The only thing I can think of is that the drop down screen for subtitles says "subtitle track, so I think maybe it is pasted over the top of the original picture somehow..

 

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Oooh...well, I used Windows Media Player so it's a different process I guess. Yours

sounds easier, though. I have to take a few "steps" and I've scaled back considerably

doing them at all since they mandated this magic number of "600" for posting pictures.

My default is "640" and I don't have the time to take the further steps necessary to bring

it down 40 notches, ha! So, no screencaps from me except on occasion (which some

will be delighted by, no doubt!)

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I couldn't take caps with subs with VLC, either, Jackie. It's the same with Power DVD

for me, too. This is why I use Windows Media Player. However, in terms of

image, I think Power DVD is easily the best and VLC is also better than WMP.

 

Awesome animation, Miss G. I didn't know you were that talented. :P

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> {quote:title=FrankGrimes wrote:}{quote}

> I couldn't take caps with subs with VLC, either, Jackie. It's the same with Power DVD

> for me, too. This is why I use Windows Media Player. However, in terms of

> image, I think Power DVD is easily the best and VLC is also better than WMP.

>

> Awesome animation, Miss G. I didn't know you were that talented. :P

 

 

Is that a PERSONAL ATTACK? TCM Mod Squad! TCM Mod Squad! It's NOT

fair to edit MY post and NOT his!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is this place coming to!

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