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Today's chapter honors yet another movie for which the original artwork is displayed in our Music Room at the American Treasure Tour. Our subject is: The Gnome-Mobile:
This musical was directed by Robert Stevenson and was one of the last films that Walt Disney produced personally, prior to his death in December of 1966. It was also the final film for two of its main actors: the iconic Ed Wynn, and Mathew Garber, who died tragically young at the age of 21 due to complications from hepatitis. As such it was also the last time Matthew Garber paired with Karen Dotrice, his sister in both The Gnome-Mobile and Mary Poppins.
The film tells the story of a family who stumbles upon some gnomes. The gnomes feared that they were the last of their kind, so they set out to discover if any other gnomes survived in a world dominated by humans. Based on a story by Upton Sinclair, The Gnome-Mobile is an indictment against deforestation.
Walter Brennan plays dual roles in the film. He is D.J. Mulrooney, an executive of a timber-trading company, and also what other character?
a) Rufus the Gnome King
b) Knobby, the 943 year old Gnome
c) Jasper, the Gnome with a "terrible problem"
d) Gil Lamb, the gas station attendant
e) Violet, Jasper's love interest
This date in History!
On August 20th, 1866, United States president Andrew Johnson formally declared that the Civil War was over.
In 1938, Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd career grand slam. His record remains intact to this day.
Today, former president Benjamin Harrison celebrates his birthday. He celebrates 180 years.
102 years later, presidential hopeful Ron Paul was welcomed to the world by his parents.
"I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. And I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for." - Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939.