Lights, Camera, Dallas!

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Kevin Costner and director Oliver Stone on the set of "JFK." (Warner Bros.)

You may not be aware of this, but Dallas, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and the surrounding area -- especially down in Waxahachie -- have hosted movie production companies that have turned out some impressive classics, an infamous bank robbery duo yarn based on truth and a respected Kennedy assassination thriller.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. 

In this presentation enhanced with PowerPoint images and film clips lasting a little over an hour, Larry focuses on the fun-filled "State Fair," the 1967 bullet-riddled thriller "Bonnie and Clyde" and more.
 
Movie-making brought director Oliver Stone and star Kevin Costner to the area.  The Dallas Cowboys were spoofed a little here, and Sally Field learned that we like her, we like her in a movie she starred in here.
 
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Movie Memories Update

Marion or The Duke: It's all John Wayne

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John Wayne about to hitch a ride to fame as The Ringo Kid in "Stagecoach" (1939).

So what's your favorite Marion Robert Morrison movie?

We're talking the late, great "everyman" movie star John Wayne, of course.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starring The Duke, Jimmy Stewart, Vera Miles and Lee Marvin as the title character is my favorite, Pilgrim.   That heartfelt-yet-hard hitting Western of love, unrequited and otherwise, giant pan-fried steaks and Marvin as quite possibly one of the Top 5 big screen baddies of all time, only edges out True Grit by an eyepatch or two.

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