Sunday, June 30, 2013

Battle Royale #15: Battle of the Tough Guys (The Results)

Well, after vacations and holidays, turmoil at home and abroad (okay, just at home), voting extensions and more voting extensions, Battle Royale numero fifteen has finally come to a close.  This Battle of the Tough Guys was a close one all along, but not so close that the lead ever changed.  From beginning to end, Jimmy Cagney, the song-and-dance tough guy, held his lead over Eddie Robinson, the intellectual tough guy.  In the end, with 40 votes cast, Cagney beat Robinson by a final tally of 22 to 18, or 55% to 45% for those of as more statistical bent.  Does this make Cagney tougher than Robinson?  Yes.  Yes it does.  Yeah, I know, where the hell are all the other tough guys?  Where is John Garfield?  Where is Bogart?  Hell, where the fuck is Mitchum, dammit!!  Yeah, well, I don't know, but it was still fun to see the battle between Jimmy and Eddie.  Of course, forty votes is not exactly a resounding voter turnout, now, is it?  No, it is not.  I have been trying to get these battles up to record heights (the current record is 66 votes cast, followed by 64, but most are in the thirties and low forties) but alas true believers, it just does not seem like that is ever going to happen.  Hell, this round even went an extra two weeks, and still just forty votes - thirty-nine if you don't count my own.  Should teh Battle Royale end?  Should I send it away for lack of interest?  Nah.  I believe we can still get to that triple digit voter turnout.  Ya just gotta believe.  So remember, Battle Royale #16 is just around the corner.  Next week even.  Who will the combatants be?  Who knows?  Maybe you can give me some hopefuls.  And also remember, The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World will still be going strong, with reviews of the latest releases, as well as looks at classic and cult cinema, and lots of other fun stuff.  And in the meantime, let me know what classic film stars (or directors, producers, what have you) you want to see in the metaphorical ring.  See ya on the flip side.

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