RIP, Col. Potter. Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen.

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  1. sprog

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    Loved the old Dragnet and he was great. His best Television role "Colonel Potter". Remember the "OX-BOW Incident" in black and white? Henry Fonda's companion Art Croft. Great role in a movie that was nominated for best picture.
     
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    Jack Webb's original Dragnet Partner, Det Bill Gannon.

    He also played a coward in High Noon, refusing to help Sheriff Will Kane (Gary Cooper) fight Frank Miller.
     
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    Very sad to learn of this. Thanks for sharing, sprog.
     
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    "Support Your Local Sheriff" and many many more.
     
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    Forgot about "High Noon". Good Call.
     
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    And "Strategic Air Command" with Jimmy Stewart. Anyone remember that one?
     
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    I really liked him in M*A*S*H. Yeah, he wasn't Blake, but he built Potter into a great "dad" figure for the surgeons.

    And, BTW, I'd like to live to 96 and be mostly healthy along the way.
     
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    Robert Altman's 1970 movie is brutal towards the Regular Army, which was very reflective of societal attitudes during the Vietnam Era (nonetheless, the "******* Army" bit is still pretty funny).

    I like that in the TV series (which, incidentally, Altman hated), the Col. Potter character represented a getting away from that. Before he came on to the scene, all the surgeons were drafted (even Frank, I think), and those RA officers who were portrayed were usually made to look overly bureaucratic and ignorant. Potter comes along and shows that a career officer can be compassionate, firm when necessary, and most importantly can be highly intelligent (Potter is an excellent surgeon as well as a CO). This, of course, is not news to us at SAF; however, in 1970s pop culture, it was not that common of a depiction of an Armed Forces officer. He was a refreshing addition, and I always thought he was a great character. Not as fun as LTC Blake, but a much better leader (and still pretty fun).

    I feel like reading a Zane Grey novel or painting a picture of a horse.
     
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    Rest in peace Mr. Morgan. Thanks for the great characters you brought to life.
     

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