Sunday, February 6, 2011

Justus D. Barnes

Some dates just should be remembered.

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the passing of Justus D. Barnes. Apparently,not much is known about this gentleman's life. Even the author of his Wikipedia article can barely scratch out a couple of words. He does have a FACEBOOK entry and there is his IMDB listing. Yet Justus would have faded into the background during those pre-Nickelodeon days of movie making were it not for the last scene from the seminal 1903 movie, THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY. Barnes' iconic immortality is assured as the outlaw who lifts his Colt revolver and shoots straight into the camera lens at the end of the film.