“When you call me that, SMILE!”

When the groundbreaking Western novel The Virginian by Owen Wister was first published on May 28, 1902, no one could have known that it would become so famous — or that it would create basic formulas used ever since in Western novels, movies, radio and TV shows. Stories about cowboys, Indians, outlaws, lawmen, gunfighters and … Read more

The origin of the movie cliché “We have ways of making you talk!”

The threatening words “We have ways of making you talk” are now a familiar cliché in movies. It’s usually said for comedic effect, often with a heavy foreign accent, like: “Ve haf vays of making you talk!” If you’re a classic film buff you may know that the origin of this movie quote is a … Read more