HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 43 – Tough Guys

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — Tough Guys!

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Tough Guys

Matt Pettit

Matt Pettit

Our guest this episode is Matt Pettit, a Public Services Specialist at the library who shares his interest and expertise on movie Tough Guys in this interview and in a series of blog posts on the library website.

His first blog post in the series begins, “Few film actors, directors and writers can be described as genuine movie stars, legends or icons. All three describe John Wayne.”

He includes an explanation as well.  “This entry starts a series of movie “Tough Guy” blogs and deserves a note on subject matter: most of these cinematic Tough Guys’ films contain a significant amount of violence. In the past, tough and violent often went together. The library does not intend to promote violence or make light of it as campy, ironic or irrelevant. Equally in the library, we have resources on violence representing many points of view and we are always available to connect you with the information you need to make life’s important decisions.”

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In this interview, Matt discusses Tough Guys movies, the actors behind those movies, and how Tough Guy movies from the 1960’s are holding up in the modern era.

Movies and Books mentioned

Find most of these movies in the Media Center or place a request at

Tough Guy movies tend to be categorized in Adventure or Western, but sometimes they pop up in Sci-Fi, Drama, or even Comedy!


  • Fistful of Dollars
  • A Few Dollars More
  • The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
  • True Grit
  • Dirty Harry
  • The Shootist
  • and many more!


Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about Tough Guy Movies. Who are your favorite actors? What do you enjoy about tough guys movies? Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for future topics please comment on our blog post or send us an email at

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.

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