Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Lassie Came Home!
Several years ago, when Jim and I were newly married and out shopping at our local mall, there happened to be several vendors selling their vintage wares in a kind of flea market. One of the vendors had original movie posters from the 1940's and 1950's. I just couldn't resist looking through all of them only to find the original Lassie poster with a picture of Roddy McDowall as the young boy in the movie. Dame May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn, Nigel Bruce and Elsa Lanchester were also listed on the poster and I was in awe!
However, the price was a bit steep so I decided I would just have to leave it behind. So we returned home, but my love of collies and shelties and Lassie just kept reminding me that I should have bought the poster while I had a chance. But the sale was over and we weren't going back.
And...you guessed it! I forget what Jim's excuse was for 'going out for a few minutes' but when he returned it was with poster in hand! What a gift of love! But it was huge! There wouldn't be a frame large enough for it. But he handled that too and went out to his workshop and made this beautiful wooden frame which I've cherished all these years!
Lassie Come Home sits right above my computer desk and I get to enjoy the scene in living color every day! Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Technicolor Triumph lives on!