Kowalskis in War movies?

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  1. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Why is there always a guy named Kowalski in War movies? Who is Kowalski, how and when did this start? :shh::confused::laugh:
     
  2. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    Kowalski is a necessary part of any war, or action film. He's a good lookin', tough as nails, men want to be him, women want to be with him, straight-shootin', son-of-a-gun. Gotta have a Kowalski. :winkgrin:
     
  3. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Charlie Kowalski.
     
  4. emkay

    emkay Forum Resident

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    In the car flick "Vanishing Point," wasn't Kowalski a veteran?
     
  5. And if the movie was made during WWII as a propaganda piece, there has to be a kid from Brooklyn in the platoon, too.
     
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  6. Clarkophile

    Clarkophile Up in T.O. keepin' jive alive

    Not just war movies:

     
  7. Capt Fongsby

    Capt Fongsby Simulacrum

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    Do you make up these questions, Mr. Schoen? Or do they write 'em down for you?


    ;)
     
  8. Turnaround

    Turnaround Long Time Listener, First Time Caller

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    Kowalski is a Polish name. According to Wikipedia, it's the second most common surname in Poland and was the most common surname in Poland in the last century.

    I think the name conveys urban, working class folk from an immigrant community.

    I mean, who's more likely to be in the army. Private Kowalski. Or Private Lefèvre.

    Marlon Brando's character in A Streetcar Named Desire was Stanley Kowalski.
     
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  10. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    Last edited by -Alan; Today at 10:25 AM. Reason: removed term for Polish person that some consider offensive

    I AM Polish ! Offensive term, really ???? Jeez... World's going PC CRAZY. Way overly-sensitive people...
     
  11. westcott

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    Wasn't there a Kowalski in TV's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea? I seem to remember he was like Kenny, killed one week, back the next.
     
  12. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    Walt Kowalski

    :cool:
     
  13. Wally Cleaver

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    And more importantly a Dodger fan!
     
  14. Turnaround

    Turnaround Long Time Listener, First Time Caller

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    Kowalksi - fictitious characters

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowalski#Fictitious

     
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  15. joefont

    joefont Forum Resident

    He must have been a buddy of Kilroy because both of them were EVERYWHERE!
     
  16. fergojisan

    fergojisan Atari 2600 Gadabout

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    What, Po***k? WE can call each other that, I guess. :) Makin' some golabki tomorrow!
     
  17. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    :shtiphat: Kielbasa lover here.
     
  18. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....


    Seeking professional help. :agree:
     
  19. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    I almost married a Kowalski once - but she wasn't a soldier! :D
     
  20. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    Jane Kowalski

    :righton:
     
  21. bhazen

    bhazen Fab Fourever

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    ?!! It's true!

    Me 'n my friend John have a standing joke about the line, "Kowalski didn't make it!" in movies.
     
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  23. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

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    That's kinda like asking, "why is there always a guy named 'Paulie' in a Mafia movie?"
     
  24. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

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    Uh, you know her name's "Jane KRAKOWSKI", right? (Apparently slightly "Americanized" from "Krajkowski"...)
     
  25. 905

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    I remember hearing about the wrestler Killer Kowalski growing up.
     
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