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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Saturday, April 30, 2011


Henry TraversHenry Travers (1874–1965), born Travers John Heagerty first came to my attention playing Angel Second class Clarence Odbody in what became my favorite film of all-time, It's a Wonderful Life (1946). British born, Henry Travers began his acting career on the English stage before immigrating to the U.S. He performed on Broadway until 1933 when he began his film career, often playing kind fatherly figures.

Mrs. MiniverHaven't you seen Mrs. Miniver (1942)? In this war-time drama with Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers in his Oscar nominated role, plays the kindly postman and friend of Mrs. Miniver. Mr. Ballard, names a rose the "Mrs Miniver" when he enters it in the local gardening competition.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

1941 Ball of Fire (1941) In this classic comedy, also known as The Professor and the Burlesque Queen, starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Travers plays Prof. Jerome, one of the eight professors that live together.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) In this uplifting Christmas story, Henry Travers plays Angel Second Class Clarence Odbody, the bumbling angel who has earned his wings in some 200 years. Clarence is sent to earth on a mission to help George Bailey, played by James Stewart, on the verge of suicide.
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) This great Christmas classic starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman is about a financially strapped Catholic school on the brink of closing. Henry Travers plays Horace P. Bogardus, the property's mortgage holder.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) In this Hitchcock thriller, Henry Travers plays the amusing bank clerk and mystery magazine fan Joseph Newton. This film also stars Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Sat, Apr 30, 2011 / 16:12:30 PDT

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1943 Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role MRS. MINIVER