Sorry, but there’ll be no regular post this week. It’s late Thursday night, and I’ve got nothing ready. I blame it on working on taxes, training a new bartender, . . . and falling behind on just about everything else as well.
I suppose it didn’t help spending hours searching online for a particular movie clip. My Darling Clementine has one of my all-time favorite bar lines. Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) leans on the bar talking with Mac the barman (J. Farrell MacDonald.)
“Mac,” Wyatt asks, “You ever been in love?”
“Nope,” Mac replies without blinking, “I’ve been a bartender all me life.”
I did find one really ragged clip of the scene . . . but it’s dubbed in Spanish (I think).
This has been a favorite line for years . . . I met fellow blogger Scribbler50 (Behind the Stick) while trying to track it down in 2010. I even ordered my own DVD of the movie just so I would have that scene . . . but I can’t figure out how to copy it. I think there’s some kind of protection code blocking me.
So, if anyone has seen an existing clip online, please let me know. Caveman (Tales From A Bar), . . . you seem to find all the great bartender vids. If you’re reading this, let me know if you’ve seen an English-speaking version.
In the meantime, here are a few of my other favorite bar scenes from movies.
From The Graduate:
From A Bronx Tale:
From Donnie Brasco: (I love the bartender in this one — first giving the OK nod for the conversation, later trying to hide a smile at what he overhears while cutting limes, and finally hoping to cool things down by offering Lefty a drink. The old guy at the bar has a short, but classic I-know-nothing lookaway at one point.)
And two from Goodfellas (click on the YouTube logo to view the second one):
So I’m taking this week off, but we’ll be back next Friday with a more typical post.