More cherished memories from our favorite wonderful movies

I am among the luckiest people in the world. Not only do I get the pleasure of writing this column, but I also – sometimes – get to hear from and get acquainted with some of you. Your response to the columns on favorite movies has been a wonderful experience. Thank you for writing.

Lee is one who responded. His vote goes to “King’s Row,” which was a book before it became a well-loved film. He owns the book, which he still treasures. The movie had quite a cast, as Lee reminds us. “Ronald Reagan, Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Betty Ford, Charles Coburn, Claude Rains, Judith Anderson and Maria Ouspenskaya – they made the characters in the book very moving. Never a cast like that existed before,” he wrote. He didn’t neglect the small screen, either. He writes,” ‘The Thorn Birds’ is a masterpiece.” He has it on an old cassette.

Phyllis remembers how important movies were during WWII – how they inspired patriotism. Her favorites include many genres. They are “Gone with the Wind,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Some Like It Hot,” “Forrest Gump” and “Little Boy.” But her all-time favorite is “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” a Coen brothers movie. “Some people get the movie, others don’t. I believe you have to know some history, and be of a certain age to get all the double meanings.”

Then she underscores her feelings about that film by telling us that she and her husband enjoyed it so much that they based their 50th wedding anniversary celebration on the film. “What fun!” she wrote. And she enclosed the invitation they sent to guests – “O Brothers and O Sisters,” suggesting maybe guests might want to come dressed in the spirit of the 1930s.

Wayne longs for the movies of yesteryear, writing that he rarely goes to movies today because of the ratings, the vile language, sex and the poor story lines. “Where or when can you see ‘The Sound of Music’ or ‘Gone with the Wind’ today,” he asks. Then he names his two favorites, both of which starred Ronald Colman. They are “The Lost Horizon” and “Random Harvest.” Ah, I remember them well – and I adored Ronald Colman. Wayne writes that Colman came along during the age of silent films and then was there for the advent of “talkies.”

Trish had previously written about films, so this time she wrote about where she saw them. It was the Indiana Theatre, located on Broadway, and I have a favorite story abut it I may write someday. But this is Trish’s turn. She and her friends went every time the film changed. An advantage she mentioned, “It was safe for my best friend and me to walk home, even when it was very dark.”

And then when she married and even though finances were tight she and her husband could still afford the Indiana – and popcorn, too. Many wonderful movies were shown in the Indiana Theatre.

There you have it – more wonderful, cherished memories. Back soon. <br>

<i> Betty E. Stein is a retired teacher and resident of Fort Wayne. </i>