Henry Fonda was one of those guys I grew up watching regularly on both weekend afternoons and late shows in western fare like Firecreek while at the same time he was still active in his senior years. I’d catch him in star studded flicks like The Swarm, Rollercoaster and Midway. I can also say I saw his final triumph On Golden Pond at the movie theater and was pulling for him or Burt Lancaster in Atlantic City on Oscar night.
“A decent man doesn’t want to kill, but if you’re gonna shoot, you shoot to kill. ”
“Now lay there still. Don’t let me hear a peep from ya! ”
“Son, let me give you a little advice. You start admiring someone, pretty soon you’re envious so you start showing off, taking chances. Before you know it, you’re dead.”
“Whatever suits you just tickles me plumb to death. ”
“I remember when I was about twelve years old. My daddy asked me, he says, “What do you want to be when you grow up, Little Harley?” And like a damn fool, I said a cowboy. I’ve been making wrong moves ever since. ”
There is no possible posting without a special nod to Henry as Frank.
“People scare better when they’re dying. ” ………………. “How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can’t even trust his own pants. “………… “My weapons might look simple to you, Mr. Morton, but they can still shoot holes big enough for our little problems. ”
“Now that you’ve called me by name.”