Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Melrose and the Steins

Mr. and Mrs. Stein.  They are Julia's parents.  Aren't they good looking couple?   Her father passed away.   He was an American pilot who flew over Holland at the end of WWII.  There was a movie made for the incident.   Let me ask her what the title of the movie was.  James Garner appeared in it. 

A good old street in Melrose where I stayed yesterday.  I felt the history of Los Angeles and a Jewish family, looking at trees, pavements, and various shapes of houses.

This was not a luxury hotel although it looked that way when I entered.  Her brother has moved into an assisted living place near their parent house.  I told him that he looked healthier and much happier, and I was glad to see him.  He said he walked to the same restaurant as we had just gone to have our lunch, and bought a gift for her on the way back.  Wow!  What a brother!  I wanted her to open the gift and see her use it, but it was a mace.


keiko amano said...

The title of the movie is "The Bridge Too Far."

I think I saw the movie with a friend of mine during our high school years. She was always ahead of me in academic achievement. She was the one I borrowed Anne Frank's book from in junior high school. During the movie, I whispered to her ear that I couldn't understand the progress. She stared at the screen and nodded. "I see," she said. She probably explained to me after the movie, but I don't remember what it was.

All I remember is the scene two men's exchange their words. I think it was on a bus or train. One supposed to be unable to speak English or German, but in a sudden change in language, he reacts because he understand other person's speech. We can't hide our knowledge. It was just a light casual situation but very tense. The kind of scenes attract audience.

California Writer said...

The Bridge Too Far is a 1977 war film at one of the few battles toward the end of World War II that the U.S. and British lost. My father was flying in the battle and his plane was shot down. There's a good shot in the film of the Germans busy shooting down U.S. and British planes including my Dad's.

keiko amano said...


1977. That means the movie I saw was not the one. I don't know what I saw.

I'm surprised that it was a lost battle at the end of WWII. So he was shot down, but survived! Gee, that was close call. I'm glad he survived to marry and have your brother and you.

keiko amano said...


I have a Japanese friend who married a former Canadian soldier who was the youngest in the D Day in Normandy. He was the youngest survivor for a long time, but he passed away.

keiko amano said...

Julia wrote this to me in Facebook: "It was even more thrilling to land in the middle of the Dutch countryside in a battle that your side was losing. As my father tells the story, he and the pilot found a Dutch farmhouse where he talked in French to the oldest boy there who also spoke French. My father was the radio operator. The boy took my the two Americans through back country lanes avoiding the Germans until they found a Englishman who led them back to the U.S/English side. The co-pilot was picked up by the Germans and spent them as a P.O.W. They spent a day in a hospital (both were hurt) and then back to the airbase in England two days later there the other airmen gave them a standing ovation for getting back so quickly."

keiko amano said...

this comment came before the last on Facebook, but I'm fascinated with all the info. plus I bet many people are, too.

Yeah, the U.S. and British lost that battle as they put infantry up against a German tank unit, and we did poorly. Also, the British and U.S. had to go down one thin road, so they couldn't get many troops down. Also, the Germans had a lot o...f anti-aircraft guns and shot a lot of the U.S./British planes out of the sky--one beautiful shot in the film is all the U.S./ British planes going down and the airmen parachuting out.See More