Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Never confuse Kansas City, Kansas with Kansas City, Missouri!

By Steve Crum

Being a born and bred "Dotte" from Wyandotte County aka Kansas City, Kansas, I am always amused when I watch both Stagecoach (1939) and International House (1933) because of their references to KCK. Donald Meek, who portrays the whiskey drummer in Stagecoach, repeatedly corrects anyone referring to his hometown of Kansas City, Kansas as Kansas City, Missouri. Meek (left) is pictured with co-star Thomas Mitchell. 

W. C. Fields, in International House, arrives on the scene via air, shouting, "Is this Kansas City, Kansas or Kansas City, Missouri?!" Indeed, we Dottes are pretty sensitive about this issue.

I saw Bernadette Peters in concert at The Music Hall in Kansas City, Missouri 20 years ago when she got loudly booed upon sincerely telling the audience, "I'm so happy to be here in Kansas City, Kansas." Boo to you Missourians! 

Yours truly with Bernadette, in her dressing room, after the concert.

Check out Donald Meek as he proclaims his Kansas City, Kansas heritage to Thomas Mitchell in Stagecoach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbBmEUfe8Tg

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