Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

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30 Winter 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine FORBIDDEN (1932) Barbara Stanwyck is a small- town librarian. On her way to work, she is taunted by kids as "old lady four eyes" and later declares "I wish I owned this library. … I'd get an axe and smash it to a million pieces, then I'd set fire to the whole town, and play a ukulele while it burned." Her dissatisfaction with life is used to set up the rest of the story, in which she goes on a cruise to Havana, falls for a married man, and has other non-librarian- like experiences. A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (1945) In turn-of-the-last-century Brooklyn, young Francine Nolan, played by Peggy Ann Garner, goes to the library, where she sets out to read all the books in order of the card catalog. "From that time on, the world was hers for the reading," reads a passage from the book. "She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends, and there was one for every mood. ... On the day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day." IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) Jimmy Stewart, playing George Bailey, is given an opportunity to see what life would have been like had he never been born. His wife, played by Donna Reed, is beautiful in their real life, but when he sees her as a single woman, she is a shy, spinster librarian. e angel Clarence telegraphs the change in Mary: "You're not going to like it, George. She's an old maid. She's just about to close up the library!" STORM CENTER (1956) Bette Davis, as the beloved librarian of the small town of Kenport, is coaxed by the town council into removing a book titled e Communist Dream. At first, she agrees because the council has warmed her heart with the promise of a children's wing, something she has wanted for a long time. Later, after she thinks about the ramifications of book banning Lights, Camera, Library! A quarter-century or so ago, Martin Raish was teaching a class at the SUNY-Albany Library School when a discussion about librarians in popular culture — and particularly movies — bubbled up. "Even putting our heads together, we could think of only a half-dozen examples," he told 27587 Magazine. "Over the next few weeks, we gradually complied a longer list." at ended up posted on a discussion board, And the rest, as they say, is history. Or history interrupted. Later, in 2011, Raish retired as librarian at Brigham Young University. Updating stopped. "It can be like babysitting a monster," he said of minding the burgeoning list. "It never sleeps. It needs constant attention." We bring you a small sampling here, aided at times by some additional research: COLUMBIA PICTURES LIBERTY FILMS In 1946 when director Frank Capra was shooting the Pottersville nightmare scenes for "It's a Wonderful Life," he reverted to the Hollywood stereotype of the "old maid" librarian that he used 14 years earlier in "Forbidden." Mary Bailey, played by Donna Reed, was costumed almost identically to Barbara Stanwyck in the earlier film. According to Reed's biographer, Jay Fultz, Capra confided to Reed in 1982 that he wished he had avoided this approach and showed the unmarried Mary as a strong person. Fultz also noted that an unfilmed early version of the screenplay had Mary's fantasy persona unhappily married to her husband's playboy friend Sam "Hee-haw!" Wainwright.

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