In the heyday of the B movies (especially the 1930s), money was tight. Time was at a premium, because these things were filmed in weeks, not months or years. Sometimes, they were filmed in a few days! It had to be done right the first time, usually with just one camera angle. If the shot was useful at all, they would go with it. Big difference between a 1930s horse opera and today!

In the book, John Wayne: American, Duke was determined to get it right. And he certainly wasn't prissy. In The Trail Beyond, Duke is supposed to leap off a horse and onto a wagon. Doing his own stunts most of the time, he took the task. He "...caught his left foot in his stirrup, was stretched between the horse and wagon, and after struggling to adjust his body position fell to the ground hard, tumbling over three times..." And in 'Neath the Arizona Skies, he rode too fast down a hill and did not "check" his horse when he was supposed to. He "did a spectacular fall".

Can you guess what he did? Of course you can! "...Duke's reaction to both failures was out of the ordinary. In both instances, the cameras kept rolling as he picked himself up, climbed back onto his saddle and finished the job." Do you see why he's a hero to me? He did what it took. Twice, in this discussion.

I shouldn't have to spell it out for you, Pilgrim. When you have setbacks, you do what it takes to accomplish your goal. Of course, you can also re-evaluate what you're doing in the first place and decide if you're wasting your time. Either way, don't let the fear of being banged up a little by the trials of life stop you from trying to do something that needs to be done.

How is your perseverance? Any examples?

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I like how you keep looking ahead, "This too shall pass", and that you have better things waiting down the line. Good going, Pilgrim!

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