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David Anthony 01-01-2013 03:45 PM

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Watching this film tonight I was reminded of so many things I love about Americans. Also 'It's a Wonderful Life'.
Schmaltz, yes, but such optimism and hope.
Sometimes I wish I were American.

Jan Iwaszkiewicz 01-01-2013 07:47 PM

In your cups, David?

All the best for the NewYear BTW.


R. S. Gwynn 01-02-2013 01:01 PM

Sad news.

Gail White 01-02-2013 02:08 PM

We made some great movies in the old days. Just last night I watched "A Face in The Crowd", made in 1957 and showing what Andy Griffiths could do before he became sheriff of Mayberry County.

Still, David, I'll trade places any time. We haven't got many Gothic

Bill Carpenter 01-02-2013 05:06 PM

Thanks for your good thoughts, David. We can feel that way when we watch Mrs. Miniver, I Know Where I'm Going, or Hobson's Choice -- such decency and straightforwardness. Happy new year!

Ann Drysdale 01-03-2013 01:07 AM

Mrs Miniver was taken from a character created by my great heroine, Joyce Anstruther. The true-Brit-grit you see in the film bears little relation to the original, whom William Wyler set a good deal lower on the social ladder than Joyce's creation, whose upper-middle-class set-pieces were intentionally hilarious.

Lance Levens 01-03-2013 06:31 AM

Harry Carey's gone? Oh, that hurts. A mental image of him and Ben Johnson each riding standing up with two horses under both men. Rio Grande with Big John and Maureen O'Hara. And Gail, I love A Face in the Crowd. He's even more vicious because we know Andy the sheriff.

David: Chesterton said America is more of a church than a sovereign state. Maybe therein lies the hope.

Bill Carpenter 01-03-2013 09:26 AM

Thanks, Ann. I have ordered it from our library, along with a volume of "Jan Struther's" poems and A Canterbury Tale.

Ann Drysdale 01-03-2013 10:29 AM

Hope you enjoy them, Bill. I also recommend "Try Anything Twice" - and if you still have something that will play tape cassettes, you might find a copy of the audiobook version which I recorded (for Isis) a few years ago. The box set sometimes comes up on eBay.

Bill Carpenter 01-03-2013 10:46 AM

Thanks! I also found this link:

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