LEE MARVIN MEMES

Lee Marvin memes may not be a burning topic of conversation amongst film fans, but a simple Google search has certainly brought it to my attention and worthy of the attention of this blog since it is dedicated to the man via my definitive biography, Lee Marvin Point Blank.

Truth be told, I wasn’t even sure how to pronounce meme until a few years ago, let alone how to create one. However, over time, several enterprising and movie savvy geeks created some pretty good Lee Marvin memes as highlighted below.

From a simple p.r. photo, to LIBERTY VALANCE to HELL IN THE PACIFIC to PAINT YOUR WAGON, the effect of the pandemic is obvious.


I’ll start with the most topical for 2020 which, sadly, may now become just as relevant in 2021 and possibly beyond thanks to the surge in Corona Virus infections.



This meme came to me via social media, as most of them have over the years. Some are rather “punny,” like the one of Marvin on his drunken horse from Cat Ballou.

I wonder if Glenn Campbell ever saw this one.



Others are just photoshopped images in need of a caption, like the one of Marvin with Count Basie. 

Any caption suggestions for this Lee Marvin meme including M SQUAD theme composer Count Basie is most welcome.

 

 






Then there are the ones that really impress me. The creator, Cris Shapan, goes out of his way to make realistic record album covers with bizarre content. I love the fact that this one even has that worn ring emerging from the LP through the cover image. Talk about realism!

LEE MARVIN SINGS IRISH BALLAD

The title says it all.


Since the print is kind of small, I can tell you the content

consists of 

“Wild Irish Rose,”

“Punch Me Face.”

“Peat Moss Jig,”

“Pub O’ Me Heart,”

“Who Threw Paddy’s Petrol Bomb In Missus Murphy’s Chowder?,”

“Oh Golly, O’Gallegly,”

“Killarney,”

“The Bog I Love,”

“D’yer Glagh Nokt.” 

The only made up Irish ditty that’s missing is “Whale Oil be Fooked.” 
 
Then there’s this last one which is a personal favorite. No other words are necessary.

“Lee Marvin at the Might Wurlitzer Sings About Pussy”


– Dwayne Epstein

 

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SUMMER UNDER THE STARS, 2021

Summer Under the Stars is a month long event broadcast by TCM in which they show the films of one particular actor each day in the month of August. They’ve been doing it for years and this year they finally get around to honoring Lee Marvin, I believe for the first time. 

TCM’s line up of Lee Marvin films for August 28th. All times are Eastern Standard Time.



Normally, I like to showcase the films of Marvin to be shown on TCM at the end of the month for the upcoming month but this is worthy of some early acknowledgement. Not just for the obvious inclusion of Marvin’s films but the fact that they are being shown pretty much in Chronological order. It allows the viewer to see the progression of his career over time and recognize that even from the inception, his performances were always scene-stealing moments of the highest caliber. As costar Clu Gulager told this author back in 1997: “It turned out, Lee was, in my view, one of the foremost actors of his time. You never know about actors in their formative stages. Lee formed fairly early and became a great actor fairly early. Whereas, an actor like Paul Newman for example, who is today a great actor, did not form as early. I’m just showing you by way of contrast, we all have our time. Like Lloyd Bridges for example became a great actor in his older age. I think Marty Landau also. You just never know. But Marvin he just always was great.” 
The films chosen by TCM for their Summer Under the Stars tribute to Lee Marvin is a decent cross section of his work, despite the presence of a few often aired films, such The Dirty Dozen, Point Blank and Cat Ballou. Luckily, they are also including the likes of rarely shown Pocket Money and Gorky Park
It’s also worth noting the date chose to honor Marvin, as it’s a one day before the date of his death of August 29th, 1987. Probably will get mentioned by one of the on air hosts. There’s some other worthy subjects throughout the month along the way, such as Gloria Grahame on the 17th and the airing of The Big Heat. As for me, I’m also looking forward to the likes of Robert Mitchum (August 6th), George Segal (August 10th), Jane Fonda (August 13th), Robert Redford (august 18th), Tyrone Power (August 22nd) and James Cagney (august 30th) among several others. The calendar can be found here.
Of course, anyone interested in finding out more about the making of any of the films being shown on Lee Marvin day for Summer Under the Stars, can find them all exclusively covered in Lee Marvin Point Blank.  

– Dwayne Epstein

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THE DAN BOYD CHRONICLES

The Dan Boyd Chronicles is a podcast geared for seniors and as such, Dan Boyd himself recently approached me to be a guest. At first I wasn’t quite sure how he found me but apparently he discovered my work via social media, LinkedIn to be specific. From there, he requested a connection, contacted me and tld me about his podcast via an applicable link. I checked it out, saw that it and he were legit (you never can tell in this digital day and age), and agreed to participate.

The Dan Boyd Chronicles logo.


I’ve done a few other podcasts as I’ve posted about here previously. The majority of them have included video as well as audio but Dan chose to go simply with an audio interview about my work, focusing on Lee Marvin Point Blank
 I’d like to add that having done such podcasts over the past few years, some of what I’ve said is repeated here, so I chose to do something I had not done before: for the Dan Boyd Chronicles I revealed the status of several upcoming projects for the first time. It may be worth a listen for that reason alone.
  Dan’s a nice guy as he asked me not only about Lee Marvin but a few other actors he said his audience have been curious about, such as the late, great Robert Mitchum and James Coburn. Not one to miss an opportunity to discuss such subjects, I pontificate appropriately. 
  His format is rather interesting in that he starts with some self-penned poetry, segues into our phone conversation (starts around the 11 minute mark) and then ends with a re-broadcast of an old radio drama called Johnny Dollar from 1950 starring the legendary Edmond O’Brien. I thought it pretty cool. So, without and further ado, I give you  Dan Boyd’s Chronicles. Enjoy! 
– Dwayne Epstein

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