Rules for a Successful Showdown; or, Staying Cool and Looking Hot

Rule #1 for a successful showdown:

You have to be cool, as in gimlet-eyed, emotions-in-check, stone-cold control. Do not speak wildly, spittle flying into everyone’s faces, and do not drag children, animals, or siblings into your altercation (as Brockie does his sister, Jessica Drummond, in Forty Guns).

Little Brockie Drummond is only throwing a tantrum here.

Note that he wouldn’t have done that if she were still dressed in her hawt black ranch mogul outfit. See below, same sister and same brother, and how clothes make the man.

Or go over-the-top melodramatic. Why not make a spectacle of yourself? Sometimes that’s the only way to get people to listen. For inspiration, do as the poster for Samuel Fuller’s film Forty Guns.

Tornado, a clinch between man and woman, wildly careening horses and riders, and lurid blood-red lettering! Go wild. But keep cool.

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