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W. ” Curiously, we’re never told the whereabouts or fate of Mr. Hatch. (0:42:36) However, given that he’s not mentioned on the mailbox, and that he’s a noshow at his own daughter’s wedding, we can safely assume that, wherever he is, he’s not coming back! Another unanswered question regarding the Hatch family is whether Mary has any other siblings besides Marty. Is there any chance at all that Mary has a younger sister? One can only dream. MUSIC NOTES: We’ve heard snippets of “Buffalo Gals” before now, but this scene offers a longer listen.
Both were cast in familiar roles in It’s a Wonderful Life. Treen typically played “plain Jane” nurses, phone operators, waitresses, and secretaries, while Williams was at home playing quirky, bespectacled clerks, photographers, and reporters. Later in her career, Treen made several special guest appearances on television sitcoms, including The Andy Griffith Show, Happy Days, and The Brady Bunch (Brady Bunch fans will remember her as “Kay,” Alice’s killjoy replacement when Alice quits after a falling-out with the kids).
RANDOM THOUGHTS: We never learn the Bedford Falls High School mascot or nickname, but given that Bedford Falls is a river town, our vote is for the Mighty River Rats. Walking Mary Home (00:24:03) CLOSER LOOK: The name “B. C. Berkley” appears on a mailbox that George and Mary walk past in this scene. (0:24:50) We were hoping to stumble upon a story to go along with the use of this name, but so far we’ve got nothing. If you figure this one out, by all means let us know. CLOSER LOOK: As George and Mary flirt their way down the sidewalk, keep an eye and ear out for a single line of dubbed dialogue.