We’re getting ready for a 16 hour family road trip to see my parents in Northern Michigan. When I was a kid these types of trips involved a lot of reading, drawing, and playing count the car games as I looked out the rear facing window of our family station wagon with one of my brothers. Today these trips involve media and movie watching. The kids have pro-actively put together a movie 32 hour movie watch list for there and back. To ensure we actually do some talking, reading, and drawing..I’ve trimmed the media back to 16 hours. The list includes films from disney, some Tim Allen Santa Claus, some Grinch, and my personal favorite… “A Wonderful Life” the incredible story of George Bailey. (I’ve included some script from a favorite scene below)
What are your top 3 films for the season? And what is your reason? If you would leave your comments on the Blog site then we could all enjoy what you have to share.
Then and Now: History for Today
December 20 1946 - The classic holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life premiered in New York City. Despite initially being considered a box office flop due to high production costs and stiff competition at the time of its release, the film has come to be regarded as a classic and is a staple of Christmas television around the world.
George Bailey: Just a minute… just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You’re right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I’ll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was… why, in the 25 years since he and his brother, Uncle Billy, started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn’t that right, Uncle Billy? He didn’t save enough money to send Harry away to college, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter, and what’s wrong with that? Why… here, you’re all businessmen here. Doesn’t it make them better citizens? Doesn’t it make them better customers? You… you said… what’d you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they’re so old and broken down that they… Do you know how long it takes a working man to save $5,000? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you’re talking about… they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn’t think so. People were human beings to him. But to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they’re cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you’ll ever be!
A Wonderful Life, for A Wonderful Road Trip