I’ll Give You the Moon: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Romantic Moment #12

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

So exactly one year ago I did another It’s A Wonderful Life post for the Valentine’s Day countdown. I swear I didn’t plan this, I only got the idea for it when I was doing my The Notebook post as Noah wanting to redo a house made me think of how Mary loved that old house and she and George renovate it for their family.

Now this movie holds a special and dear place in my heart. Even though it is now considered a Christmas movie, it is one of my favorites to watch anytime because of the great message. Here is one man who helps and touches so many others, without even realizing the affect he has on everyone. He may not be a famous or a millionaire; but in his kind and quiet way is helping everyone in the town. I also love it because Jimmy Stewart is in it, and he’s my favorite actor. Plus the film is directed by the amazing Frank Capra. He is my second favorite director and I simply adore practically every film he has made.

We start off It’s a Wonderful Life, with all these people praying for George Bailey, (Jimmy Stewart); for God to please help him in his time of need. God decides to send in an angel to help him. We hear all this from Joseph, an angel overseer, who selects Clarence for the job. Joseph fills Clarence in on George’s backstory so he will know what lead George up to this point in his life.

From a young age George was a leader and eager to travel the world. When he was 12, he saved his brother from hypothermia, rescuing him when he fell into some icy water and sacrificing his ear. He works at a pharmacy and saves Mr. Gower, the pharmacist, from jail time when he points out that Mr. Gower accidentaly messed up the dosage on account of him being distraught over his own son’s death. We are also introduced to Mary, a girl a few years younger than George, who declares she will marry him and love him forever.

Fast forward the years and George is now 22, and eager to go off into the world. He was working for his father at the family’s Building, Saving, & Loan; until his brother graduated, and now he is going to use all the money he put aside and go off for college. That night he goes to Harry’s grad party and hijinks ensue. He and Mary fall into the pool and enjoy a romantic moon-filled night.  But unfortunately as George and Mary are getting closer together; George’s father becomes ill and dies. The only way to keep the family business going and save people from evil Mr. Potter is to stay. So George does for another four years, sending Harry off to college instead.

Fast forwarding again, and Harry, George’s brother, is back from college. But instead of staying, he is going to work for his wife’s father. George is distraught at having to stay in the town longer, but after finally admitting his feelings for Mary, is happily and ready to start a life with her.

It is after George and Mary’s wedding, and the two are excited to leave the town for their honeymoon.Once again as George is preparing to leave the town, something happens to get him to stay. (The man just can’t get a break.) There is a run on the bank and to calm everyone down, George and Mary sacrifice all of their honeymoon trip money. That night he goes home, and Mary has taken an old abandoned house and made it their home.

Potter becomes worried about George’s affordable housing project, and tries to hire him, but is turned down by George’s morals. He and Mary start a family.

WWII comes and George still can’t leave, his ear keeps him from enlisting, but Harry makes all kinds of victories and earns all kinds of medals.

On Christmas Eve, the Bailey’s are preparing for a Christmas welcome for Harry. Sadly, forgetful Uncle Billy loses the money is supposed to withdraw. Potter calls in an audit and sicks him on George, hoping to get the Savings and Loan. George looks everywhere but can’t find the money. He even goes to Potter (who secretly has the money) sends the cops over to arrest him for bank fraud.

George is desperate and when Clarence comes he wishes he was never born. Clarence grants his wish and he sees without him, the affordable housing project, and all the things he does to help the people; the town is now full of sleazy nightclubs, stripper joints, bars, pawn shops, etc. Without him Mr. Gower was sent to prison for poisoning the child, as there was no George to stop him. Martini does not own the bar, as he was never granted a loan by George. George’s friend Violet Bick is a stripper and gets arrested as a pickpocket; as George wasn’t around to help her out and she had no other alternative. Ernie is helplessly poor, with his family having forsaken him. Uncle Billy has been in an insane asylum for many years since he lost his brother and the family business. Harry is dead as a result of George not being there to save him from drowning, and the servicemen he would have saved also died. George’s mother is a bitter widow, and Mary is a shy, single, librarian. Clarence then explains how George single-highhandedly prevented this dire fate. He, and he alone, kept Potter in check, preventing the town from descending into squalor and vice.

George wishes to live again and Clarence grants it. He runs home to face the bank examiner, the auditor, and the police. He doesn’t care as he is with his family. Everyone he knows brings money to help pay the $25,000. His brother Harry skips dinner with the President to be home and support George.

Most Romantic Moment:

So this year’s most romantic moment comes right after George had visited Harry’s graduation party. There he ran into his best friend’s sister, Mary, who had also just graduated. Mary has always had a crush on George and he has realized that she is no longer a little girl. The two dance the night away, falling into the pool and getting wet.

George is walking Mary home and throws a rock at an old house (something everyone does in the town). If you hit a window, then your wish will come true. George throws the rock and hits the window. When Mary asks about his wish, George tells Mary about how he wants to leave Bedford Falls. Mary listens, picks up a rock and throws it herself, hitting the window. George tries to get her to tell her what the wish was, but she won’t say anything. George tries to get more out of her asking what she wants.

George Bailey: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.

It is sooooo romantic!!!! Here he is telling Mary that anything she wants he will try and get for her. That nothing is too much for her, even the moon is not too far out of reach! Anything is possible when they are together. He would do anything for her, anything.  I would love it if a guy said that to me. Class A pick up line! 🙂

For more on It’s a Wonderful Life check out the 25 Films of Christmas

Keep On Loving You: Romance is in the Air, Part II

Valentines

Well, Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you all know what that means: 14 posts on some of my favorite romantic moments from some of my favorite films. To review the top 14 romantic moments from last year, go here. Otherwise get ready for the romance and love headed your way.

In Rhapsody Over Clint Eastwood

How can you not be in rhapsody over him?

How can you not be in rhapsody over him?

So as I have mentioned before I love Queen. I think they are such an awesome band with some of the greatest songs. I mean who doesn’t love  Under Pressure, Another One Bites the Dust, I Want it All, We Are the Champions, Radio Gaga, or Bohemian Rhapsody to name a few.

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Well to understand this story you have to realize my iPod has an obsession with Queen, and not just any Queen song, a specific one; Bohemian Rhapsody. I don’t know why, but it just loves to play that tune over and over and over again. (That and Maria from The Sound of Music).

I love everything

What I can’t remember if I have mentioned before is my love of Clint Eastwood. It goes much deeper than fan appreciation, I mean I wanted to marry this man. Now I know several of you out there probably just thought to yourself, “but he is so old”; but you know what age doesn’t matter if you are truly in love.

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Now I better bring this post back to reality, before I convince you all that I am completely crazy (I might have already done that…oops!). Clint Eastwood is dear to my heart. When I was six I saw Bronco Billy for the first time and was convinced that was the man for me. I wanted to be a cowgirl and everything about Clint’s character was exactly what I wanted in a man. Anyways, after that I saw all his films (with parental supervision or on TV), I was convinced we would get married in the future.

I mean look at this man! Can you blame me for being crazy about him?

I mean look at this man! Can you blame me for being crazy about him?

Eventually I realized that was a pipe dream as I was too young for him and he was married. I had to give up that dream (although I’m older now so it could still happen). Anyways I still love him and his films.

Just a few of his films.

Now I know you are probably wondering to yourself what do Queen and Clint Eastwood have in common, well I am just getting to that.

So the other day I went to the gym, and when I got there one of the TVs had Hang ‘Em High on. I was so ecstatic-usually all they have are some garbage reality TV shows and I spend the night bored out of my skull.

So Hang ‘Em High?

Finally something GOOD!

Finally something GOOD!

Everything was going as normal when the funniest thing started happening, Bohemian Rhapsody kept coming on and playing perfectly in sync with Hang ‘Em High.

Yes!

For those of you who have never seen or heard of Hang ‘Em High it is a western staring Clint Eastwood (obviously). He plays the part of Jed Cooper, ordinary rancher taking his newly bought cattle home. On the way he is stopped by a posse claiming he stole the cowherd. He tries to show them his bill of sale and prove his innocence, but the men won;t listen. They string him up, steal all his belongings and leave him to die. However, he does not die, (it’s Clint after all), but gets saved by a sheriff passing through. He is taken in, tried, found innocent, and becomes a marshall. He then goes after the men who tried to kill him, in true handsome Clint Eastwood style.

The law never looked so good

The law never looked so good

So like I said the song started playing perfectly with the film. This was playing when the guys string him and leave him to die (start at around 10:00). I thought it was perfect with the song.

“Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine
Body’s aching all the time
Goodbye everybody – I’ve got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth
Mama, ooo – (anyway the wind blows)
I don’t want to die
I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all”

Later when he is Marshall, he finds one of the guys who had strung him up. By this time it got to one of the most famous parts, and one of my favorites, when Clint confront the guy and says, “when you hang a man, you better look at him“(start about 7:50ish), this was :

“So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye
So you think you can love me and leave me to die”

Kinda describes that part perfectly.

So then he gets derailed by having to go after these cattle rustlers and murderers. He is taking them in when one asks to be let go (about 2:30). At that point my iPod was playing the song again and it was right at this part:

“Will you let me go?
Bismillah! No – we will not let you go – let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go – let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go – let me go
Will not let you go – let me go (never)
Never let you go – let me go
Never let me go”

I thought to myself, “no one is going to believe that this happened”. I mean it was too perfect.

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Well it did, and I wish I could have stayed to see the rest, but unfortunately it was getting really late and I still needed to walk home.

But I have to say that was one of the most amazing things to happen to me. It was too perfect.

Too cool

Boom, that’s how I roll.

For more Clint Eastwood, go to Here I Go

For more on Bohemian Rhapsody, go to Bohemian Rhapsody

For more of my favorite songs, go to Eye of the Tiger