Myths in American Cinema and Culture: (No) Quitting

Research in Progress, June 7, 2021.

Out of the Past, 1947:

Kirk Douglas to Mitchum: I fire people, but you don’t quit. You’ve started something, now you’ve got to finish it.”

Blackboard Jungle, 1955

Glenn Ford, the tough but idealist teacher would not quit, despite all the problems in and out of the classroom.

Rio Bravo, 1959

In a confrontation between Wayne’s and Dean Martin in the second half of the film, Wayne reproaches Dean, “You wanna quit, quit, go ahead and quit.”

In response, Martin slaps him across the face.  Wayne then says: “It’s the second time you do it. Don’t ever do it again.”