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Libraries, the heartbeat of Small Town America

Both books in our Summers Run series have been donated to libraries in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana: The Missoula Public Library, the North Valley Library, and the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton.

Books have been donated to public libraries in Meadville, Titusville, Springboro, Cambridge Springs, Cochranton, Washington, Williamsport, and Lock Haven, all in Pennsylvania.

It’s been our pleasure to do this, in this day of limited resources and budgetary restraints.
Patronize your local libraries: there’s more going on there than just books. These are not the dull, stereotypically dry and dusty halls of yesterday. They are alive and lively institutions of learning, entertainment, and imaginative, worthwhile stimulation. . . . Jim Cotton

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Harold Russell is shown on the left, history’s only double Oscar winner for the same role. Russell won Best Supporting Actor for his role as a disabled veteran in The Best Days of Our Lives, the Best Picture of 1946. From that exposure, he was also presented an honorary Oscar for his leadership efforts on behalf of disabled vets. Claude Jarman was presented a junior Oscar for his performance as Jody in The Yearling. Shirley Temple, shown, was the presenter. Claude was likely in his fourteenth year.

Russell continued his advocacy for veterans, founding the AMVETS organization. He wrote two autobiographies but appeared in only two more films, Inside Moves and Dogtown.


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the Edna Ferber Pulitzer Prize-winning novel being aired on the Turner Classic Movies channel. Three different film versions of this work have been produced, the last in 1953, starring Jane Wyman, shown here with Claude Jarman, Jr., in a scene from The Yearling. So Big will air on Turner Classic Movies, May 8 at 3 pm EST.  Check with TCM.com where one can confirm showing for different time zones. So Big deals with a teacher’s experience on the frontier. Here’s TCM’s blurb:

“A schoolteacher-turned-farmer fights to save the land and her son.”

As described, this film appears to fit the themes and interests of this blog. Ferber and Willa Cather were contemporaries and occasionally wrote of their American experiences on the frontier and the state of the nation’s development during the early 1900s. Aside from So Big, Ferber’s Showboat and Giant have enjoyed wide acceptance and were produced as feature films. Cather’s Pioneer Trilogy–O Pioneers!, Song of the Lark, My AntoniaOne of Ours, and Death Comes for the Archbishop were also critically acclaimed. O Pioneers, Song of the Lark, Paul’s Case, and A Lost Lady have been adapted to film.

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Her role in The Yearling was as Twink Weatherby who provoked the fight in the village between the no-account Forresters and Oliver, the sailor and friend of the Baxters. Jody (Claude Jarman, Jr.) is shown here with June Lockhart and Joan Wells, Eulalie. He’s just been thrown to the ground by Forest Tucker but rejoins the fight.

June Lockhart’s film career began in 1938 as Belinda Cratchit (uncredited) in A Christmas Carol. Her early film work included bit parts in notable films of the 1940s such as Sergeant York, The White Cliffs of Dover, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Son of Lassie. She remains active in the industry, compiling an impressive filmography including many appearances in popular television westerns of the 1950s. She was a regular in comedic series such as Petticoat Junction as well as filling dramatic roles in many series that became household words during their heyday, such as Lassie. June’s been steadily featured in made-for-television movies right until the present day, an illustrious career though her role in The Yearling was uncredited as was that of Jane Wells.

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Between takes, more than likely, on the set of The Yearling. Claude Jarman, Jr. shares a moment with Gregory Peck.

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From To Kill A Mockingbird, 1963, here’s Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch with Mary Badham and Philip Alford who portrayed the children. Peck and Badham developed a lifelong friendship from the movie and still referred to each other as Scout and Atticus from the film. Peck won the Academy Award for Best Actor based on his performance. He regarded it as one of his best films and it remains a favorite of millions. Set in rural Mississippi during the Great Depression.


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Gregory Peck (1916-2003) won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Penny Baxter (Pa) and an Academy Award nomination for his performance in The Yearling. 

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