Tuesday, January 20,2015

Happy Tuesday!  We at the American Treasure Tour hope you agree with us that Tuesday is just a great day of the week.  Yep.  Tuesday.

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So, yesterday we were talking about My Darling Clementine.  It is time today to explore the second film in the press kit double feature, Riders of the Purple Sage.  Zane Grey's popular western novel has been interpreted on film five separate times between 1918 and 1996.  The version on our poster dates to 1941 and stars George Montgomery as Jim Lassiter who is on a mission to seek justice for his niece, Fay Larkin (played by Patsy Patterson), whose inheritance was ripped off by the crooked Judge Dyer (Robert Barrat).  None of the stories in the different films are exactly the same, so we recommend watching all five versions back to back, if you can locate copies.

QUESTION:  Who starred in the most recent (1996) version of Riders of the Purple Sage as Jim Lassiter?
A)  Ivor Novello
B)  Adrien Brody
C)  Ed Harris
D)  Jack Nicholson

Answer Below

CELEBRATING CIVIL RIGHTS:  Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, a truly tragic day in American history.  He came to symbolize the African-American civil rights movement, and King's untimely death transformed him into a martyr who paid the ultimate sacrifice for a cause of great importance.  Almost eighteen years later, the federal government honored his memory with his own holiday - January 20th, 1986 was the first time his birth (on January 15th - close!) was celebrated in this capacity.  Unfortunately, some regions of the country still challenged his importance even in the 1980s.

THE "BOSS'" BIRTHDAY:  Rarely do we have the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of someone whose fame may not have been inspired by good works.  Enoch Lewis "Nucky" Johnson's birth on this day in 1883 likely was celebrated as a time of hope and love; however, his legacy is a bit more complicated than that.  As the Boss of Atlantic City, he inspired devoted loyalty in some, and passionate hatred in others.  His tale is (sorta) told in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, in which Steve Buscemi plays Nucky as a likable tough guy.  But television often simplifies peoples lives, and changes their stories.  In real life, Nucky lived to the ripe old age of 85 - not too shabby for a man with his resume!

QUOTE:  There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity. - Samuel Johnson

ANSWER:  C)  Ed Harris.  In his version, Lassiter is obsessed with finding the man who led his sister to suicide.