While watching the 1941 western Texas after Glenn Ford is back shot and takes a bullet for the good guys a whole bunch of extras gather round to see if he’s going to make it or if he is gone to the great corral in the sky. It’s at that point that someone in the group is heard to utter a line that to this day makes me laugh and I have heard my own father say on more than one occasion when someone suffers a bump or bruise including myself…….

“He’ll be alright, it’s just a flesh wound.”

“Just a flesh wound” must be one of the most often repeated lines in movies, notably the western. I sure am glad I have never suffered one of these annoying mishaps. After all I am no John Wayne. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to wanting to be more like the Duke every now and then.


But I am curious as to where or who this line can be attributed to. So now that I know it was in this 1941 western, I will be on the lookout when watching earlier films more consciously for this immortal line. By all means if you here it from a pre-1941 film add it to the list.

Feel free to add any title post 1941 just for fun. I’ll edit it in to this post based on year of release.

1941 – Texas.

1975 – Monty Python and the Holy Grail -thank you Kristina from Speakeasy.

2002 – Die Another Day

2008 – Taken