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The Slice

Play “The Dirty Dozen” Spokane game

Consider a few of the key characters in the 1967 action feature. What, theoretically speaking, are the chances they could have come from Spokane?

Let's use a 1-to-10 scale, with 10 meaning "Totally plausible that this guy could have come from Spokane."

I'll go first.

Major Reisman (Lee Marvin): 6. Effective, no-nonsense, bit of a swagger. Just like a lot of Lilac City guys.

Joseph Wladislaw (Charles Bronson): 3. That's not one of our bigger ethnic pools. Maybe if he had been Joseph Swenson.

Robert Jefferson (Jim Brown): 3. Same issue. Though it would be great to claim him.

Victor Franko (John Cassavetes): 2. Seemed jaded and streetwise in a non-Spokane way.

Pedro Jiminez (Trini Lopez): 2. Probably not. We don't have many lemon trees. After all, we were even less diverse in 1944.

Archer Maggott (Telly Savalas): 1. Didn't they make a point of having him be from the South? Still, you could almost see someone from Spokane having that name. Would run a pest control service.

Vernon Pinkley (Donald Sutherland): 7. Seemingly a goofball, but not without substance. We produce that kind of guy in spades.

Samson Posey (Clint Walker): 9. Here's a Spokane guy, for you. Big and quiet. The "Aw, shucks" type. Just wants to be left alone. But don't mess with him. "I don't like to be pushed."

OK. your turn.

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