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A man's got to do, what a man's got to do

Posted by TheFallen on March 26, 2003

In Reply to: A man's got to do, what a man's got to do posted by AIF on March 26, 2003

: : : : : : plz tell me name of movie even one if u know

: : : : : ESC posted this (04/21/01) in response to 'It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it':

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: : : : : A MAN'S GOT TO DO WHAT A MAN'S GOT TO DO -- "One must follow the dictates of conscience, whatever the consequences. One must do whatever is necessary to achieve the desired result. One has no choice in the matter. Originated in the United States. Usually associated with actor John Wayne (1907-79) who used it in the 1939 John Ford western 'Stagecoach.'" From the ?Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings? by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

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: : : : where could I find that movie script?

: : : Not wanting to cast doubt on Random House, but, which is the best movie-related online resource I know, doesn't feature "a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" as one of its listed memorable quotes from John Ford's Stagecoach, and that would be a surprising omission. It does however have this:-
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: : : Henry, the Ringo Kid (John Wayne): There are some things a man just can't walk away from.

: : : I wonder if Random House is right?

: : I can't swear to it. It's generally an accurate reference.

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: one guy told me these 'Stagecoach', 'Searchers', 'Shane' and 'Adam in Eden'

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I checked out Stagecoach as detailed above, and also The Searchers and Shane, but with no luck. I couldn't find mention of a movie called Adam In Eden. does feature the phrase in its Memorable Quotes section, but this stems from the animated 1962-1968 TV series "The Jetsons" where George Jetson says "Ha, 'a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do'. I should've won three space Oscar awards." Clearly this phrase was in popular speech by then, hence its usage.