This is probably the happiest movie ever made. It was originally a play, and it was the first time Frank Capra worked with Jimmy Stewart (they later did Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life).
My favorite character is this little bald man named Mr. Poppins who goes around scaring people with his Halloween masks. If for no other reason, you should watch this movie to see this man in action. So funny.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: I used to have a harmonica, but my skills with the instrument failed to flourish due to impatience and general lack of commitment. That, and my saliva felt a bit out of control.
I picked this movie for today because today is my wedding anniversary, and this is one of our favorite movies to watch together. There’s a short exchange between two lovers in this movie that sort of reminds me of the relationship I have with my own wife:
Tony: “…that’s probably the first thing you noticed about me that you liked—my colossal brain.”
Alice: “Well, no. No, it was the back of your head.”
Tony: “The back of my head? I’ve got a big bump back there. Well, what happened when I turned around?”
Alice: “Well, I figured I’d just have to get used to that.”
I definitely got the better deal in this marriage, but it’s nice to know both of us are more worried about each other than we are about “stuff.”
We could all do a better job at putting people above things. Because when we die, the only things we can really take with us are the relationships we’ve carefully and lovingly built over a lifetime.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” – Matthew 6:19-20