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18:43:00, September 5th, 2007
 
 
John Henry Holliday, DDS
Have you seen the films that portray you? What portrayals do you most favour?

There is a little of me in each of the films.

People like Tombstone best. It was a film written as if it had been made for me – not the way it was, but the way I would have liked it to have been. It glosses my errors and eliminates my weaknesses of character. I kill Johnny and Wyatt visits me in Glenwood Springs and I bless him and Josie. There is no bitterness about Iron Springs. The whole matter of the causes of the gunfight, the rumours, and Billy Leonard are ignored. I am painted as light – loveable if reckless, merry if sarcastic. I was neither. I was nervous, with pain, fear, hate and iron will. I was a better gentleman, a worse friend, a more committed citizen, and a more depressive invalid than anything hinted at in this film. And I worked harder and believed in principles it never intimated. All it shows is my façade and my loyalty.

Perhaps Warlock shows me best as I see myself, when I look sternly and as objectively as I may. It shows my love and jealousy – the way I was with my friends, which is what always meant the most to me; which brought me all my personal joy and self-destruction. It shows my cool competence and my secrecy and vengeance. It shows the way others, the indifferent members of ‘good’ townspeople regarded and treated me. But it, unlike Tombstone, fails to show my good qualities. I was studious, religious, and dedicated. Furthermore, I was always gentle with Ladies, square with Gentlemen, and my manners were at all times impeccable.

Wyatt Earp was more balanced. It showed Wyatt and I, though he never would have thrust a delicate consumptive into a horse trough. And I never beat Kate. It showed my compassion and pain, how I struggled and failed and succeeded, how I was noble and broken. But again, it did not show my citizenship. Perhaps I like this one best.

Hour of the Gun with Jason Robards showed my independence and a certain amount of my helplessness. It showed Wyatt in a poor light, and portrayed me as much older than I ever became. It also showed me giving up, which I never did.

Doc with Stacey Keach was filmed with an aura of dirt, stolidness and brutality that I never possessed nor would have countenanced. It does have Kate with Johhny Ringo, which both amuses me and angers me still.

Gunfight at the OK Corral with Kirk Douglas nicely showed my detachment from people, yet how I valued those few in whom I found worth.

My Darling Clementine had nothing of me in it.
 
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 j_ringo
 
4:30:22, September 6th, 2007 (UTC)
 
 
It does have Kate with Johhny Ringo, which both amuses me and angers me still.

At least it amuses you, don't rightly see why it would give you cause to anger. Kate weren't nothing a man ought to get angry about at any case. Right now I can't rightly stomach the notion I ever laid with her to begin with. My choice to do so, weren't nothing about you, because I never knew who Kate were from the start until too late. She sure made a big fool out of me and that might give you some cold comfort knowing she did.

It ain't something I'm going to discuss, cause I can't even stomach it. It's not something I'm proud of and not something I'm going to apologize for, because everyone knows your heart never belonged to Kate at any rate.

That's all I got to say on that matter.

My writer also wants to suggest trying to watch the movie 'Purgatory'. Iffin' you want something to truly amuse the hell out of you, that oughta do it.
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 anson_greene
 
20:12:41, September 8th, 2007 (UTC)
 
 
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Thanks, Doc. I'm going to make sure to see some of those. Must be something, people making movies about you. It must feel kind of...strange.
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