The movie It’s a Wonderful Life was based on a short story called The Greatest Gift, which starts with these sentences:
The little town straggling up the hill was bright with colored Christmas lights. But George Pratt did not see them.
This is the George Pratt I know. My dad. Mom is gone.
Happy birthday to my identical twin sister Jeanie Beanie! As she requested, here are the opening credits to It’s a Wonderful Life, a modest little movie that lanquished for many years in public domain obscurity.
Here’s a great opening to a movie. The Searchers. Buddy Holly heard John Wayne say “that’ll be the day” in this movie and his first hit song had that as the title. If you look carefully you’ll see why Ethan was so determined in his search for Debbie.
In 1932, with the Great Depression at its gnawing worst, before FDR, Frank Capra made a great movie called American Madness. The entire movie is here in four parts. It’s worth watching, even in this compromised format. At the end of each part, clicking the play button should start the next one. If not, click the “next” button.
Note: This was captured using my old setup, so there are dropped frames in parts. Sorry! If you wait for each part to fully buffer, you can drag the pointer around and even play at double speed.
The very last sketch on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, before they shut down production to work on Holy Grail, made fun of … Pratts.
Note: This video may offend others besides Pratts.
The British team of Powell and Pressburger made some truly unique films, The Tales of Hoffmann, with Moirer Shearer, being one of them. Here is a bit of the movie in two parts. After part 1 finishes, click the “next” button should start the second clip.
Moira wasn’t always this thin! I’ll post a clip of her from ten years later.