Is the you, dad Lonergan? Yes, gibbs Ward Bond, left, played both Bert the cop in 'It's a exorbitant Life,' and the Rev. Peter Lonergan in 'The Quiet Man.'

This is about Christmas, and movies.

You are watching: Bert the cop it’s a wonderful life

I guess girlfriend could document this one under the ever-growing record of “Things ns Didn’t Know.’

In a recent Monday print pillar I talked around my yearly holiday mission – to adopt the vacation spirit.

It’s a tiny inside joke i share with my daughter, whose sense of the holidays is second to none.

We contact it gaining ‘imbued,’ or becoming instilled v the special spirit of Christmas and the holidays.

She is in charge of alerting me come our ritual of watching holiday movies and TV specials.

That is exactly how I came to be on the couch on a current Saturday night watching ‘It’s a wonderful Life.’

A rapid confession. I’m no the biggest ‘It’s a exorbitant Life’ fan. Don’t dislike me. It’s simply a tad heavy on the schmaltz and syrup because that my liking, return I have the right to admit ns still get a tiny misty-eyed at the finish as George Bailey hugs his daughter and says, ‘Atta boy, Clarence,’ contents in the knowledge that he has actually helped his girlfriend “earn his wings.”

Actually, I lot prefer an additional Jimmy Stewart holiday movie my mam – the residents old black and also white movie skilled in the household – turn me on to. It’s dubbed ‘The Shop roughly the Corner.’ it was in reality on TCM on a current Friday night, the night prior to we watched ‘Wonderful Life’ for the millionth time. I highly recommend it.

But ns digress.It to be while us were watching ‘It’s a wonderful Life,’ and me note that ns don’t especially treatment for it, the my wife notified me it has actually something in common with one of my pure favorite movie ever. If I ever before actually satellite down and created a peak 5 favourite Movies list, ‘The Quiet Man’ would be right up there along with ‘High Society.’

What ns did not know is the the great John Wayne-Maureen O’Hara irish epic share something in usual with ‘It’s a exorbitant Life.’

Any idea what it is?That would be one Ward Bond.

Don’t know who the is? Well, here’s a clue.

He played Bert the cop in ‘It’s a wonderful Life.’ In fact, a many people think they offered that name, in addition to Ernie the cab driver, as the namesakes because that Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street.

I’ve heard that a million times.

But here’s something ns did not know.

Ward Bond also played dad Peter Lonergan, parish priest, in “The Quiet Man.”

I tho can’t believe I never ever made the connection.

Ward Bond had actually a prolific career, often teaming with John Wayne, that he met while they were students at USC, and also director man Ford. He appeared in 26 Ford films.

He has showed up in 7 of The American film Institute’s 100 best American Movies.

But it is his duty as dad Lonergan that captures my heart. He to be at the facility of the plot cooked increase to get Will Danaher to permit the marriage of his sister mary Kate (Maureen O’Hara) to Wayne, who had actually gone home to the city of his bear in Ireland after death a guy in the ring in America, just to do a mortal foe of Danaher by purchase his childhood home, i beg your pardon stood right next to Danaher’s property.

For me, the is pure irish movie magic.

Now if I might just number out why exactly Bert the cop assumed it was a good idea to open up fire ~ above George Bailey in the center of the crowded street in what was by that time Pottersville, rather of Bedford Falls.

Oh, that’s right, it’s the movies.

I will certainly likely proceed to grit my this as ns sit v ‘It’s a exorbitant Life.’

But ns will perform so now with a laugh on my confront every time I watch Bert the cop.

Merry Christmas readers. I understand that we right here at the newspaper bombard you with some really grim news many days. I hope this lightens the mood just a bit, and also helps you come to be invigorated v the spirit of the holidays.

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In shortm, ns hope this adds to your sense of gift ‘imbued.’

I think we all can stand to it is in a bit an ext ‘imbued’ this days.

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