Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Best Years of Our Lives, The
Yes. There is a very touching scene where Homer shows Wilma what it would be like for her, having to help him take off his arms and get dressed. Homer was expecting Wilma to decide to go away and forget him, but she helps him and understands what he has to go through. The last scene of the movie is when Wilma and Homer get married.
Captain. When Fred's father is reading all the recognition awards Fred received for bravery, it addresses him as "Captain Derry".
She makes marks at her place with a fork. Milly is concerned that Al will drink too much (which he does), so she counts how much he drinks by engraving marks with her fork into the table cloth at her place.
So she can see Fred and his wife happy. Peggy wants to forget about Fred. She invites him and his wife out so that she can see them together and realize it is wrong to be in love with him. However, she sees that Fred and Marie don't love each other, and instead decides to break up the marriage.
Marie. Marie is very ashamed of Fred, and just before she says she is going to leave him, she tells him that she gave up the best years of her life to be with him. She then walks out the door.
His arms. Harold Russel, who played Homer, was actually wounded and did have replacement arms, which is why he was so good using them in the movie.
Fred. Peggy first meets Fred when he goes out with her family. She sees that he is in a loveless marriage, and sets out to break Fred and his wife up.
Soda jerk. Fred, played by Dana Andrews, works at a drugstore. His wife Marie, a very selfish and shallow woman, thinks he is not good enough for her because he only works as a soda jerk.
Wilma. Homer, played by Harold Russel, is a sailor wounded in the war. He doesn't think his girlfriend will still want to marry him.
a sword. Al actually brought Rob both a Japanese Samurai sword and a flag. Unfortunately, Rob was not terribly interested in either. He was more interested in hearing about what his father had seen at Hiroshima.
He slugs a customer.. Homer actually becomes involved in an argument with a man at the lunch counter when the man tells Homer that he lost his hands in WWII for nothing, that America fought the wrong enemy. When Fred sees that Homer is about to get into a fight with the man, he leaps over the counter and slugs the man.
keeping track of the number of drinks he's had. Milly uses her fork to keep track of Al's drinks by making marks on the tablecloth. As the film progresses, Milly is clearly concerned with Al's drinking. During this scene, she is also worried that he's going to embarrass himself and her by telling inappropriate stories. In the end, though, Al declares his love for the bank, everyone claps enthusiastically, and Milly is greatly relieved.
standing outside Peggy's car. Before Fred and Peggy actually kiss, the viewer is well aware that they are attracted to each other; however, Fred is a married man. As we soon see though, he is not a happily married man.
Harold Russell. The Academy was afraid that Harold Russell would not win the Best Supporting Oscar, so they awarded him an Honorary Oscar "for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans". As it turned out though, members of the Academy did indeed vote the Supporting Actor award to Russell. In August of 1992, Russell sold one of his Oscars to pay for his wife's medical care.
Homer and Wilma. This is a fun and touching scene. It's fun because the kids who sing at the wedding do so with great zest, and it's touching because Homer finally accepts that Wilma loves him and will always love him, despite the loss of his hands. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Fred and Peggy finally get together, too.
Marie Derry. Marie utters this line late in the film, just before she leaves her husband Fred because she considers him a failure. Since returning from the war, Fred has only been able to find work as a soda jerk, and then he loses that job. Ironically, Marie and Fred were married only a few weeks before he left for the war, so she hardly had time to give him "the best years of her life".
at a bank. Al had been a banker before WWII and as soon as he returns home, his boss at the bank, Mr. Milton, invites him back and gives him a promotion. He will now be in charge of administering loans to G.I.s. Initially, at least, Al is not enthusiastic about returning to the bank.
at Butch's. When Homer, Fred, and Al share a cab from the airport, they pass Butch's bar. Butch is Homer's uncle, and Homer suggests that the three of them meet up there some time.
Boone City. The first of the veterans that we meet - Fred Derry - mentions the city in the first scene of the film, when he is trying to book a plane to Boone City. As Fred, Homer, and Al fly over the town, they also discuss Boone City by name. Director William Wyler based Boone City, which is fictional, on Cincinnati, Ohio.