“From Here to Eternity;” That’s Where I’m Going!

“Loudmouth Good Guy,”

Thank you and same to you brother!  They done me wrong, and did try taking me out, breaking me or ruining me a few times now over the years; but God said He wants to keep me in the fight, so I do!

Now I’ll announce to the world what I told some of these no goods and bastards to their faces over the years “face to face,” you want me gone, you have to blow my brains out you mothers!  I might be like the Frank Sinatra character “Loudmouth Good Guy,” Angelo Maggio in the Classic Film, “Here to Eternity” who had the guts and faith on his side to hang in there against the brutes and spineless thugs of the world, and in the end he got it; bad, but he was NO COWARD or a QUITTER, he was ALL HEART!

“His vibrantly cocky attitude gets him into trouble again and again.  And Again!”  But, his benevolent attitude is demonstrated in some touching scenes, one in particular that I won’t spoil by telling you, so that you can watch it and get the impact fresh!  Ya know, like a punch in the face!  Don’t worry; I won’t breaka you face, goomba; ( Italian: (KUM-PAR-AY) really meaning fellow country man, friend, buddy, comrade.)  Yea, I’m like that guy in that story and maybe a tad like Sinatra being a “WOP” just like the character Sinatra played where he got picked on and “called one of those which he wasn’t,” but to me that was same as calling a black person the N word!  But, I’m also much like his best friend in the movie played by Montgomery Clift as Private Robert E Lee Prewitt, another very good guy with heart who’s a bit of a romantic like me too, but in the film he is the guy that’s a real boxer and knows how to kick ass!  “Maggio is very protective of his family and all his loved ones, including his best friend, Prewitt.  Despite Maggio’s almost reckless impulsiveness and his human character flaws, he really does care about other people deeply to a fault, and is willing to take part in his friend Prewitt’s sufferings if for no other reason than personal affection and his overriding sense of fairness or justice.  But in the end, the sum total of his benevolent characteristics of loyalty and justice coupled with his acute propensity for friendship redeem him which ultimately inspires his best buddy Prewitt to be willing and able to risk his own life for the sake of Maggio’s memory, a lasting legacy of true friendship.

Yea, Angelo Maggio he took some lumps but never quit and that’s me now, had some lumps and willing to take more until I get home!  Or the fat lady sings; whichever comes first!  God’s justice  be done on earth as it is in heaven!  Let no man attempt to stand in the way or flaunt that which God decrees!

CIAO

Lawrence Morra

For your convenience this link will provide some background and memorabilia on the film.

From Here to Eternity: Sinatra, Rumors, Myths and Casting

BTW this is a line from a comment to me today from a Patriot connection that acted as a spark as I was working out a massive dilemma I’m still dealing with for years now which was a response to an earlier comment I made on the net!  Like I always say we  never know where the needed inspiration or vital message is going to come from! This helped me get my thoughts and heart on this new Blog!

“I sure hope so, brother. God Bless you for fighting the good fight in a socialist pit.”

The Good Old Days and Good Folks

“if only I can be half the man my father was!”

I had responded to a post on LinkedIn this week and just today seeing that a man that had left some good commentary on the post to which I had left some typical for me lengthy text, now was overwhelmed with some thoughts and feeling coming at me from my past during my childhood and what I thought and still hold near and dear to my heart about my parents and their generation, as well as seeing so many wrong people out in our society now that are on the attack and have no concept or love of any of the things that matter and brought us all to this point making America the Great Nation that it is! I do hope something in my words today will ignite a spark of appreciation in you and that you will also find the time to watch the movie I mention; I think it will help you understand where I’m coming from and how people should all wake up if they haven’t already!

Jimmy: just caught up, for some reason I didn’t get this update notification until today? But, thank you and I agree with what you say here, I think the good news especially is that you’re straightforward and forthright, two qualities I love to see in men first of all because that reminds me of my Dad who was “the best of the best,” a great guy and a real man!  Everybody loved my Dad and most of all they all respected him because they knew him well enough to know he was a man of honesty and integrity!  I used to hear him saying in conversations with different people as I was growing up, “I’m not half the man my father was!”  Dear God now with a tear in my eye I hear him in my heart and say the say darn thing, “if only I can be half the man my father was!”

He fought in WWII and those people back then men and women were so amazing to me, sure they weren’t perfect or even close but wow what character and integrity most of them had and how they were always willing to sacrifice even their lives without hesitation to protect their loved ones and this Great Nation; “such good decent folks.”  My Dad actually had some young lady at the city clerk’s office fudge some document so he could hurry up and go fight in the war as he was only 16!  What the hell, then when that fact caught up with him he was already fighting in the Pacific Theater and his CO had communications dispatched to his parents as he had turned 17 during the fighting and if they gave their permission he could stay and serve!  My grandfather signed but my grandma didn’t!  Dad stayed in the war the whole duration and saw buddies die or even get pulled under by sharks in the ocean; and now I cry because Dad told me many of them the last thing they cried out was, “Mom or Mother!”

Then after the war he came back and went right to work holding down two jobs and buying a house for Mom and went on to raise six children and never complained!  Not even with his severe back trouble when he would walk out in the morning going to work bent in half and tell me, “don’t worry about me son you do good in school, I’ll be fine and straighten out as the day progresses!”  Robert Mitchum an actor many of us boomers know of and one of my favorites of the old days, left home at 16 and headed to California riding the rail system hopping freight trains which his dad had worked on but was killed in a rail yard accident just a few years prior.  Mitchum did some amateur boxing matches along the way to make a few bucks, then shortly after arriving in California he was spotted as a potential great image for the silver screen and hooked up with the right people to start as a heavy or outlaw in western movies.  But then, he too signed up and fought in the war!  I say all this because I wish the younger kids girls and boys would all learn this stuff and really get their minds and hearts right so they too can be strong good people as Men that do what is required to make a difference, and Women that can have the wonderful qualities that so many of our Mothers had and some still do!  I appreciate that you said the things that you did and the others here too, because it got me wanting to say something important that I feel and I hope many folks out there will spread the good that all those old timers paid forward for us, and that we all make our deposits into the trust fund for the future generations and we should pray that God will bless we humans and this weary world to not suffer too much!  God Bless!

BTW one of my all-time favorite older classic films that Mitchum starred in with a beautiful British born performer that made it big in those days out in Hollywood, Deborah Kerr; “Heaven knows Mr. Allison.”  It’s a movie about a WWII marine who gets stranded on an Island with a nun in the middle of the war during a bloody campaign by the Japanese to take possession of an island to use as a weather station outpost within a chain of Pacific islands!  I love that story and the time period it depicts, along with it’s having a religion component that fits wonderfully with it all, and how it’s a great transformational process for these two good souls caught up in a living hell that mankind seems so good at creating.  I have a DVD of the film and I think I’m going to watch it again for probably the 25th time this weekend during the heat wave; which is very fitting as how the Pacific where the story takes place although it was actually filmed on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, has much of the weather we are now experiencing, so the mood is set.  I love the end of the film and the words spoken with fine performances; along with the superb John Huston direction making it all so wonderful and uplifting, just beautiful!  A 1957 movie trailer said, “1944, in South Pacific, the castaway Marine Corporal Allison drifts in a raft to the Tuasiva Island, where he meets Sister Angela.”

I include here a link to a Blog that did a wonderful layout about the film and its background on Deborah Kerr’s 95th birthday!  I know you will find this article interesting and the movie will touch you deeply as well as inspire!

Lawrence Morra

PS I love these people then, now and forever; and all who will strive to follow suit!

 

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