Saturday, December 1, 2018

Fixed the Newel Post

It's True: Our Outdoor Newel Posts
Seem to Require Constant Attention!

Last week it was Home for the Holidays, this week it's another family favorite -- Christmas Vacation (second assistant director Frank Capra III). If you're a Christmas movie fan, you may have noticed a movie within a movie moment: Rusty watching that older holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life (director Frank Capra). The jiggly newel post at the Griswold house is a humorous allusion to It’s a Wonderful Life, where the newel post at the Bailey’s house is also loose -- an intertextual pun.

Clark to the Rescue

Clark's antics never cease to entertain us, and we quote him repeatedly throughout the year, not just at Christmastime. The declaration, "Fixed the newel post!" frequently accompanies the accomplishment of any small household task. The list of quotable quotes is nearly as long as the movie itself:

"Little full, Lotta sap!"

"Merry Christmas. Kiss my ass. Kiss his ass.
Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah."

"Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat?
Drive you out to the middle of nowhere, leave you for dead?"

"Dad, you taught me everything I know about exterior illumination."

"This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here."

"I did it."

And so on . . .


Channeling My Inner Clark

"Well, I'll be outside for the season."

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