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But you’re two wonderful people who happened to fall in love and happened to have a pigmentation problem, and I think that now, no matter what kind of a case some bastard could make against your getting married, there would be only one thing worse, and that would be if - knowing what you two are and knowing what you two have and knowing what you two feel- you didn’t get married.

Happy Birthday, HENRY TRAVERS. An impish British actor and one of the great benevolent grandfathers of classic films. Known chiefly for his role as Clarence, the angel in Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life”. He should have been nominated for that role and he did receive an Oscar nod for his train conductor who grows the Miniver rose in “Mrs. Miniver”. Like his counterparts, Edmund Gwen and Cecil Kellaway, he made every film he was in that much better just by walking onto the screen.

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I admit that I hadn’t considered it, hadn’t even thought about it, but I know exactly how he feels about her and there is nothing, absolutely nothing that you son feels for my daughter that I didn’t feel for Christina. Old- yes. Burned-out- certainly, but I can tell you the memories are still there- clear, intact, indestructible, and they’ll be there if I live to be 110.

The above excerpt from the final scene of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is probably one of the best examples of ad-libbing in film. Actually, most of this scene is completely ad-libbed by Tracy. 

With his deteriorating health, it was also a way for Spencer Tracy to say goodbye to the person he loved most in his life, but never married to (because of his religion): Katharine Hepburn. Everybody involved with production knew Spence was dying and those who knew him closest knew just how bad it was. If you look closely, Katharine is crying as these words are spoken. It’s not acting.

The man known for his grandfatherly, cranky, curmudgeon-like characters died seventeen days after shooting wrapped up. 

These are as powerful and as personal as movie moments come - on-screen and off-screen. We haven’t seen many nowadays, but there’s always the chance.

Well, for me, it’s time to get the hell to bed.