May 24, 2015

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
Dante Alighieri

"Just look at it, gentlemen. How calm... how peaceful it is. A strip of water between England and the continent... between the Allies and us. But beyond that peaceful horizon... "
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (Werner Hinz), The Longest Day (1962)

You will expect me to discuss the late election. Well, as nearly as I can learn, we did not have enough votes on our side.
Herbert Hoover

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) (part 4 of 9)
  • Mary Badham messed up nearly every take in which the family was eating at the table. Phillip Alford didn't like eating the same meal dozens of times, so in one of the takes of the scene in which he rolls Badham in the tire, he aimed it at an equipment truck in an attempt to hurt her.
  • Mary Badham became the youngest girl to receive an Oscar nomination, ironically losing the award to another child actress, Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker (1962).
  • It has been reported that this film was Gregory Peck's favorite work.
  • Film debut of Robert Duvall.
  • Finch was writer Harper Lee's mother's maiden name.
  • The watch used in the film was a prop, but Harper Lee gave Gregory Peck her father's watch after the film was completed because he reminded her so much of him.

  • Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
    J. K. Rowling

  • There are 42 dots on a pair of dice. <;i>The first thing Queen Victoria did after her coronation was to remove her bed from her mother's room.
  • If it's so important to be strapped in, why don't the airlines add a shoulder strap to the one that restrains you at the waist? Well, where would such a strap for an aisle seat be anchored? The one in your car is fastened to the floor and the wall. Second, shoulder straps in cars are there to protect against sudden stops. If you ever experience that on a plane, no strap is likely to save you. In fact, turning all of the seats on the plane backwards would provide the same protection that shoulder straps would offer. I suspect this hasn't been done because airlines do enough things backwards as it is.

  • I am black of eye and bright of hair. I fast in to the ground and follow my lord as he races around the world. What am I?

    The butcher backed up into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

    The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

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