Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Blogging From A to Z - A is for Angel, Second Class

Clarence Oddbody, AS-2.  Source:
http://www.tomatobubble.com/wonderfulrace1.html
Welcome to the It's A Wonderful Blog's Blogging From A to Z April (2015) Challenge. For this challenge, I will post every day in April (except for Sundays) about topics related to the Frank Capra/Jimmy Stewart film, It's a Wonderful Life.

Poor, hapless Clarence. He can't seem to get a leg up.

Jesus taught us to love others unconditionally. It's in the red words. And yet Joseph can't help but hold him in contempt. His voice just drips of it. In fact, Joseph thinks Clarence will fail. He reveals his Debbie Downer Disease when he sighs, "Poor George."

It's so sad.

Clarence is kind of like Quasimodo in a way. Clarence is an Angel, Second Class, and poor Quasimodo can't even achieve the status of Full Modo.

Second class. In Heaven. Forget political correctness. Forget equality. Clarence comes in with the silver medal, and no wings. He can't see visions without the help of other - better, First Class - angels.

Source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/clarence/quotes/
He can't even get his own movie....at least not a quality movie.

In 1990, there was a movie. Not a film. A movie. Called Clarence. It starred Robert Carradine as a younger Clarence. It wasn't very good. I just looked it up on Internet Movie Database, and I can say I'm honestly shocked that it has 5.4 stars. Check it out for yourself.

Now granted, I bought the movie (on videocassette), watched it once about 20 years ago, and I haven't touched it since. I'll have to watch it sometime and review it here. So take my opinion lightly and watch it yourself.

In It's a Wonderful Life, Clarence is accused of being simple. George calls him a fallen angel (Fans of Poison and Bret Michaels bang heads now), and also calls him Gabriel a couple of times.

In many ways, he is like the little guy that George fights for throughout the film. Except that Clarence is fighting for George. The little guy is fighting for the guy who fights for the little guy. That's pretty cool, and pretty special, as well. Check out Clarence's big intro below: