Myra Breckinridge (1970) (part 9 of 12)

We immediately cut to a Buck Loner POV Cam as he leers at several old women all done up in trampy makeup. God, first Mae West, and now this? Is there no peace to be found in this world? Buck circles them, checking them out, and for no real reason we cut to footage of Marilyn Monroe doing her famous pool scene in Something’s Got to Give. Goodbye, Norma Jean.

Eventually, we see the women are sitting at a table in (I’m assuming) Buck’s backyard, and inside are several older men in cowboy hats, probably their husbands. The old cowboys sit around a table playing poker, when suddenly, one of the poker players stands and points a gun at the others.

He shoots, but unfortunately, they are merely… acting! The gun clicks and one guy collapses to the sofa, pretending he was shot. Somebody notes that the guy on the couch used to be “the fastest gun at Republic Pictures!” Buck re-enters, and he and all of his fellow former cowboy actors reminisce about the good old days. One guy says, “We was Saturday afternoon for the whole world!” Another lifts his head and says they’ve been replaced by “perversion! That’s what’s taken our place! Communist perverts! Churnin’ out filth!” Ah, you gotta love the understated parody here. Sadly, a couple of the actors in this scene (namely, Andy Devine and Grady Sutton) actually were in dozens upon dozens of old Westerns.

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Multi-Part Article: Myra Breckinridge (1970)

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