Friday, April 14, 2017

In The Duke Wore Jeans (England, 1958), John Wayne plays the part of an English noblemen anxious to wed his daughter to a Texas oilman (Tommy Steele). The film raises a number of interesting questions, some of which have not been satisfactorily answered to this very day. We know, for example, that the Duke wore jeans (wranglers) but that's about as far as it goes. Did he wear Jean's? Surely not as this would have been an extremely tight fit. Even supposing for a moment that he did in fact wear Jean's, then whose did Jean wear? Did she wear the Duke's? Again, this beggars belief. How could she possibly be expected to wear the Duke's jeans? It just doesn't add up.

But perhaps we are asking the wrong question.  If the question is "Whose jeans did Jean wear?" the whole thing is absurd, for reasons hinted at above. But if, on the other hand, the real question is "the Duke wore Jean's  what? it begins to make a curious sort of sense. The Duke was in fact wearing Jean's undergarments. And by the same token, Jean was, unbeknownst to him, wearing the Duke's underclothes.This explanation also holds up if you believe, as I do, that the true title of the film is "The Duke wore Gene's". Of course, now I understand! The Duke wore Gene Kelly's undergarments.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:34 pm

    I rather fear you may need medical help?

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  2. A truer word was never spoken

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