Dad Characters in Movies (Worth writing home about!)

By on 6-19-2015 in Blog Post

Dad Characters in Movies (Worth writing home about!)
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Happy Friday! As we go into the Father’s Day weekend I wanted to share some of my favorite Dad characters from movies that “are worth writing home about” and which I hope may get you to write about as well.

About the Stamp shown today

It is  #2270 – 1987 22c Love You, Dad! and was issued on April 20, 1987.   It was part of the Special Occasions Issue (on Twitter @PostalMuseum) and contained ten stamps with messages of Congratulations, Get Well, Thank You, ‘Love You, Dad’, Best Wishes, Happy Birthday, ‘Love You, Mother’, and Keep In Touch.

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In looking up dates for some of my favorite movies with Dad characters, I came across this article that you may enjoy reading.   From ScreenRant (on Twitter @screenrant) 2010 For Father’s Day: Our 15 Favorite Movie Dads.    There was a more recent listing at another site but I liked best this article.

Some of my favorite Dad characters

There are six new ones from movies and one from TV to share today.   This is in addition to the Dad from “Life with Father” I shared earlier this week .  It was fun to realize that three of the Dad characters are from Frank Capra classic movies.    

If you saw Frank Capra’s “It Happened One Night” (1934) then the Dad played by Walter Connolly as Alexander Andrews, who is Ellie’s father and a millionaire, his advice he gives her when walking her down the aisle – well that says it all!

Another Frank Capra movie, in “You Can’t Take it With You” (1938), even though he is cast as a ‘Grandpa’, it still makes him a Dad, and so including Lionel Barrymore as Grandpa Martin Vanderhof.  How this same lovable character can be the SAME person who is ‘old man Potter’ in “It’s a Wonderful Life” is amazing!

1960 photo of the Cleaver family from the television program Leave it to Beaver. From left: Hugh Beaumont (Ward), Tony Dow (Wally), Barbara Billingsley (June), Jerry Mathers (Theodore AKA "Beaver"). Attribution: By ABC Television (eBay item photo front photo back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1960 photo of the Cleaver family from the television program Leave it to Beaver. From left: Hugh Beaumont (Ward), Tony Dow (Wally), Barbara Billingsley (June), Jerry Mathers (Theodore AKA “Beaver”). Attribution: By ABC Television (eBay item photo front photo back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wrapping up the Capra list is the Dad, George Bailey played by Jimmy Stewart in “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946).   You probably have the DVD and have watched it 25 times already given from when it lapsed into Public Domain and it would run for 24 hours on some of the channels at Christmas.

If you ever saw the 1936 film, “My Man Godfrey” the Dad is played by Eugene Pallette as Alexander Bullock.  This is one of the few movies that hold 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  My three favorite scenes with him, 1) telling his daughter too bad that her pearl necklace was not insured, 2)the madcap zaniness with him going off to “have a talk with Carlo” (played by Mischa Auer), and 3) when Godfrey (William Powell) saves him from ruin.

The Dad character from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”:  Sean Connery is fantastic is his role as Professor Henry Jones in this 1989 film.   His advice to his son at the end of the movie, “Indiana.  Indiana… let it go.”  And telling him he found “Illumination” is brilliant.

And finally, it is the poignancy of the story and love of baseball and father-sons relationships that I love in “Field of Dreams”.  The 1989 film with Kevin Costner and him getting to play a game of catch with his Dad (Dwier Brown ) at the end of the movie.  You will want to consider his book If You Build It…: A book about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams by Dwier Brown (on Twitter @DwierBrown), 2014, paperback for Father’s Day.

My best way to close out today’s blogpost is to quote today’s U.S. Stamp “Love You, Dad!”

Anchors Aweigh,  

Helen