Here are 10 things you should know about Thomas Mitchell, born 128 years ago today. A prolific character actor, he is perhaps best remembered today for his portrayal of the forgetful Uncle Billy in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946).
Director William Wellman was a leap year baby, born on February 29, 1896. “Wild Bill” enjoyed a long and prolific career, directing such classics as Wings (1927), The Public Enemy (1931), the original A Star Is Born (1937) and The Ox-Bow Incident (1942), among many others.
One of our personal hard and fast rules goes as follows: If it’s a pre-code picture and it’s directed by William Wellman, watch it. It’s an approach that every movie buff could benefit from.