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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Homecoming - The Walton's 1971 Version

I love this movie.  We have watched every day for two weeks.  I usually start watching it on Thanksgiving Day, but I have been known to watch it in July.
I love so many scenes from the movie.  One of my favorites it when the kids go down to Ike's store to watch the missionary lady give away presents.  The children have to tell her a Bible verse to get a present.  One by one the kids go to Mary Ellen for a verse.  The missionary lady is so impressed by their knowledge she says, "what a blessing you must be to your sunday school teacher."  Well, JohnBoy can't let Mary Ellen get anything on him so he gives a verse to a girl

Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins,
 which feed among the lilies.  Song of Solomon Chapter 4 verse 5, he yells.

Then he gives Mary Ellen a look like I got you on this one.  When the girl tells it to the missionary she is so stunned that she can't talk.  It is a classic.
Patricia Neal is wonderful in this movie.  I love her voice.  She portrays Oliva Walton, masterfully.  I love how Olivia is so strong for her children and ignores her mother-in-laws critisims.  I bet her applesauce cake doesn't have too much nutmeg.  I always check the internet for a vintage dress pattern like the one she wore in the movie or her aprons.  
Jen from Are You There God? It's Me, Generation X did a wonderful post about the movie last week jenx67's Homecoming post.

Anyway, I could talk all day about this movie mainly because of Earl Hamner, Jr. I love The Walton's tv show as a child. Now that I am older I think it was because of Earl Hamner's voice. It was so soothing. I saw an interview with him a couple of years ago on Writing Out Loud with Teresa Miller on OETA. There is nothing harsh about this man. He invites us to sit till bedtime at his website. Also, visit his blog You Me And The Lamp Post. I can hear his voice in every word, lovely.
Here are some people who love this movie and The Walton's as much as me:

Have a great day everyone.
Territory Mom

P.S.  Do you know the name of another great writer whose real name is Patricia Neal?
        Okay, give up?  Fannie Flagg

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