How did Hollywood miss this?

May 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm (By Ron)


Why didn’t John Wayne ever play Richard Wagner in a movie?  “Listen up, Wotan…”

Part of a new series:  Things Ron Wonders About (TRWA)


  1. Ol' Grumpy said,

    Gotterdammerung your wagons into a circle, Pilgrim, and find Pompey, we got Valkeries about to overrun us here!

  2. karen said,

    — So, Professor!!
    After i googled Richard Wagner(pronounced Vahg-ner)- i still have never heard of him:0). I especially like his AKA =
    Richard Wagner.

    “As a young boy, Wagner attended school in Dresden, Germany. He did not show aptitude in music and, in fact, his teacher said he would “torture the piano in a most abominable fashion.” Heh.

    “I believe in God, Mozart and Beethoven, and likewise their disciples and apostles; – I believe in the Holy Spirit and the truth of the one, indivisible Art; – I believe that this Art proceeds from God, and lives within the hearts of all illumined men; – I believe that he who once has bathed in the sublime delights of this high Art, is consecrate to Her for ever, and never can deny Her; – I believe that through Art all men are saved.”
    ― Richard Wagner

    I wonder how this would sound in Wayne twang?
    I wonder what he’d have thought of ~Piss Christ~?
    I wonder why there is no ~h~ in Wayne?

    I just had a conversation about May 22nd b-days not over an hr ago. His makes the 3rd b-day on the 22nd i know:0).

    I think the above quote is slightly blasphemous, btw.

  3. Donna B. said,

    Karen, go to 3:07 or so… you’ll hear that you’ve known of Richard Wagner all along… perhaps just not his name.

    So… what’s more John Wayneish? Ride of the Valkyries ( or Flying Dutchman ( )?

  4. chickelit said,

    The Duke responds to Ron in a chirbit: link

    (just click on the link and then press little green arrow to hear)

  5. karen said,

    OMGawsh- that is so funny, the chirbit bit!! What a riot.
    Donna, those trombones sound like one- i think it’s a beautiful orchestra.

  6. Dave Schuler said,

    Because the resemblance was only when both were old men. Based on the portraits of him as a young man Richard Wagner looked a bit like Robert Vaughn.

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