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The Selling of John Wayne … Smoking / Part 2: The Lighter Side

9 Jan


Yup, John Wayne was definitely a very heavy smoker and made several (TV) commercials, magazine ads, billboards, etc – promoting cigarettes – as did a great many other Movie Stars and Celebrities of his time. Today of course, smoking and tobacco products have fallen into disfavor and any such advertising is now banned.

Despite this, there is still some subtle forms of smoking advertising and promotions that still have a viable market – and which capitalize on John’s enduring Iconic Star Power. One such product is cigarette lighters. Zippo lighters almost seem to have an small industry using John’s image.


Claimed to be John’s lighter. ??

Smoking still obviously has a certain ‘manly’ appeal to some people and many such John Wayne lighters are hot “Collectibles”. Frankly, it’s evident that ANY John Wayne endorsed product/merchandise will eventually – or immediately – achieve Collector and Memorabilia status.









Left: Lighter with the brand from Red River (1948)

Plenty more lighters than I show here …

And finally … if you really need to cut down
on your smoking …


… the John Wayne knife lighter.
Available on Amazon.

To the future …

2 Jan

“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit.”
Doc / Back to the Future

OK, below are the ‘innards’ (as Jed used to say) for my new computer.


MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Motherboard
GeFORCE GTX 1050 Ti Graphics Card
Intell Core i5 Desk Processor …

Whadoya think?

I could afford everything, but a Flux Capacitor.

So I’ll be forced to use Win 10.

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not top of the line …
But it ain’t chopped liver either.
It’s a nice bump up frum my old system, which just couldn’t cut it anymore.

So, shortly, I’ll have this all put together.


$900 In Canada.






“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”


Onward … !


a new year …

30 Dec


Christmas 2016

11 Dec

Song of the God Particle


The Selling of John Wayne, Part 1 …

29 Nov

Before Star Wars there was John Wayne.

John Wayne must be the most enduring Movie Star of all time. Not only was his Box Office clout unchallenged during most his lengthy career, but his Iconic Image is still recognizable, bankable, and saleable on a worldwide scale today – 37 years after his death. The marketing, merchandising, endorsements, and advertising feats of John Wayne’s image are astonishing – especially since many of his major sales interests have long since fallen out of fashion completely or out-of-date: smoking, drinking, cars, and guns …  But Hell! his movies are still immensely popular! – appearing on TV daily.

There’s absolutely no way I will be able to reveal the immensity of the products and merchandise that this colossus of Western Film has …


But I’m gonna try anyway ..

Coming Up …

“Leave the bottle”
Have a drink with John Wayne

Remember …

11 Nov

the partisan / leonard cohen


The Magnificent Seven (2016) Box Office …

3 Oct

I haven’t seen The Magnificent Seven yet, but in light of the depressed Box Office of many films over the summer, I was curious how it was doing:

Image result for poster for the magnificent seven 2016

From IMDB (Internet Movie Database)
Box office / business for
The Magnificent Seven (2016)

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend
$34,703,397 (USA) (25 September 2016) (3,674 Screens)
€628,540 (Italy) (25 September 2016) (380 Screens)

$34,703,397 (USA) (25 September 2016)

Weekend Gross
$34,703,397 (USA) (25 September 2016) (3,674 Screens)

Filming (Wikipedia)
Principal photography on the film lasted 64 days, from March 18 to August 18, 2015, in the north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Other locations include St. Francisville; Zachary, Louisiana; and New Mexico.

The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2016, and served as the closing-night film at the Venice Film Festival on September 9. The film was initially set to be released on January 13, 2017;  however, Sony Pictures Entertainment moved the release date to September 23, 2016.

As of October 2, 2016, The Magnificent Seven has grossed $61.6 million in North America and $46.5 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $108.1 million, against a production budget of $90 million. The film had a global 2D IMAX opening of $4.3 million from 606 theaters.
Internationally, the film is projected to make around $100 million.

Good. This Western has made some decent loot so far.  I hope this will inject interest in Film Makers to make more Westerns – and for more Big Name Stars to get involved.

Here’s hoping …



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