Schwarzenegger video of the week

This week, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to deliver what’s sure to be a tough State of the State Address later today, we offer a clip from 1979’s comedy/Western “The Villain” (a.k.a. “Cactus Jack,”) wherein Schwarzenegger portrays the cowboy Handsome Stranger, escorting miss Charming Jones (Ann-Margaret) to get a large sum of money from her father, Parody Jones (Strother Martin). But the rich Avery Simpson (Jack Elam) wants to get the money and hires old cowboy Cactus Jack (Kirk Douglas) to rob them.

I’d never heard of this movie before yesterday, and this is the only clip I could find. But it’s worth it just to see Schwarzenegger in the cowboy getup (if not one of the most disturbing moments of Kirk Douglas’ career).

Previous SVOTWs: January 1, December 25, December 18, December 11, December 4, November 27, November 20, November 13, November 6, October 30, October 23, October 16, October 9, October 2, September 25, September 18, September 11, September 4, August 28, August 21, August 7, July 31, July 24, July 17, July 10, July 3, June 26, June 19, June 12, June 5, May 29, May 22, May 15, May 8, May 1, April 24, April 17, April 10, April 3, March 27, March 20, March 13, March 6, February 27, February 20, February 13, February 6, January 30.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.