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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hidden Plainfield: It's a Wonderful Life...

Today's Hidden Plainfield house came to mind from
Frank Capra's 'It's a Wonderful Life'.

What do Plainfielders -- and everyone else -- get to watch on TV at the holidays?

Frank Capra's 'It's a Wonderful Life', of course (see here and here).

(Please forgive for the moment the fact that Capra's progressive social vision in 1946 was still depicted in all-white terms; this is a series about houses.)

George Bailey's struggle to protect his New England home town of Bedford Falls from the wiles of the unscrupulous Henry F. Potter, leads him to contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve, believing he has lost all opportunities to counter Potter and that he is 'worth more dead than alive'.

An angel sent to rescue George shows him what the world would be like if he had never had a chance to do his good works. Among the scenes in the alternate reality is one of his mother as a bitter widow, running a boarding house known as 'Ma Bailey's'.

The fictional 'Ma Bailey's boardiinghouse' was built on the back lot of RKO studios.

While the original of Ma Bailey's boardinghouse was built on the back lot at RKO studios in Encino, California, it put me in mind of today's mystery home.

Do you know where it is?

Answer tomorrow.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

Love the house and a lot of history behind it, know the family..Myrtle Clinton. jbandomer

Michael Townley said...

Myrtle Avenue past Clinton heading west on the right side.

Anonymous said...

800 block of Field Ave???

OB3 said...

Is that Myrtle ave? About a block and a half toward Dunellen coming from Green Brook Park?