Another pop quiz

by chuckofish

Since it is February 1 and the birthday of John Ford, I thought it was time for another pop quiz! The following quotes are all from famous films directed by John Ford between 1939 and 1956. See how many you can get and I’ll post the answers in the comment section later today.

“My friends just call me Ringo – nickname I had as a kid. Right name’s Henry.”

“We seem to lose our heads in times like this. We do things together that we’d be mighty ashamed to do by ourselves!”

“You’ve been lucky, Huw. Lucky to suffer and lucky to spend these weary months in bed. For so God has given you a chance to make the spirit within yourself. And as your father cleans his lamp to have good light, so keep clean your spirit… By prayer, Huw. And by prayer, I don’t mean shouting, mumbling, and wallowing like a hog in religious sentiment. Prayer is only another name for good, clean, direct thinking. When you pray, think. Think well what you’re saying. Make your thoughts into things that are solid. In that way, your prayer will have strength, and that strength will become a part of you, body, mind, and spirit.”

“Listen, son: you and I are professionals. If the manager says, “Sacrifice”, we lay down a bunt and let somebody else hit the home runs. We know all about those destroyers out of commission, tied up around San Diego. We could use them here. But they’re not around. They won’t be. Our job is to lay down that sacrifice. That’s what we were trained for, and that’s what we’ll do. Understand?”

“Shakespeare was not meant for taverns… nor for tavern *louts*.”

“Well, that’s the last of the gringo-head cactus.”

–The army will never be the same when we retire, sir.

–The army is always the same. The sun and the moon change, but the army knows no seasons.

–This fella talked derogatory about the boy’s pappy.

–Yeah, he called him the teacher’s pet of a chowder-headed Mick sergeant. What’s that mean, doc?

An Indian will chase a thing till he thinks he’s chased it enough. Then he quits. Same way when he runs. Seems like he never learns there’s such a thing as a critter who’ll just keep coming on. So we’ll find ’em in the end I promise you. We’ll find ’em. Just as sure as the… turnin’ of the earth.

Join me in toasting Ford and in watching one of his great movies tonight. Oh, and here’s a fun fact: Wee Willie Winkie (1936)–directed by Ford–is the only movie in which Shirley Temple is spanked.

In other news, I noticed that after we have cleaned up all the toys and the twins have gone home, I always find things like this…

It is like the lingering Christmas decorations that continue to show up…

This article is right on target. “Any fearful thing you are made to focus on day after day will become hyper-magnified in your mind.”

I concur. “I feel sad for those who hold to a utilitarian view of the universe, of creation, of people. Life becomes a means to an end – an end that is never quite realized.”

“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you…

Isaiah 54:10