Carry Me Home, The Movie - A Car Collector's Dream
Why Carry Me Home?
Why would I write about a fairly obscure movie called Carry Me Home? Because my husband's car was in the Carry Me Home movie, his was the brand new Ford Deluxe. Now, anyone knows being in a movie is a thrilling experience and for the car collector Wow! It's like being in Hollywood. How did this happen? My husband was at a "cruise night" (a small car show held regularly) in the area. A man came up to him and started asking him questions about his car, then asked if the 48 Ford was his to which he replied yes. Well, the man went on to explain, I work for a movie company and we are making a movie in this area set in 1947/48. I've been looking at your car and would really like to use it in the movie. Obviously my husband was stunned but said sure. "We'll pay you of course," said the man. This is getting better and better thought my husband. The man told my husband where and when to bring the car.
The first day he was to bring his car my husband was excited and didn't know what to expect. He drove to Marlboro to the location the man gave him (That's in upstate NY about 1-1/2 hrs. outside of NYC.) It was a big, old, white farmhouse set way off the road. When he drove up the long dirt driveway he found quite a buzz at the farmhouse. There were trailers, cameras, lights, and people everywhere. He found the man he had talked to and was told where to park the car. The man asked my husband if it would be all right if the people in the movie drove his car. He said yes and explained how to start it (it had a button to push before starting) and how to work the shift, all the peculiarities of this particular 48 Ford. My husband watched in anticipation as the scene containing his car approached.
The car first appears in the movie when Bernard (a dandy in 1947) comes to the farmhouse. The children in the movie are excited to see the brand new Ford Deluxe pull up in their driveway but no more excited, I believe, than my husband was! The actor who first drove his car, David Alan Basche, was a very nice gentleman. He spoke to my husband about the car and then they both spoke about their families, all in between takes of course. It was fascinating to watch as scenes were set up and actors placed in their spots. It was more fascinating to my husband to see his car drive up the driveway and a man dressed like it was 1947 step out of his car. Bernard was dressed in a suit with the proper hat on for that time period. Scenes were filmed over and over to get just the right light, right camera angles and right results.
When it came time to break for lunch my husband was invited to join them. Large tents had been set up behind the house and caterers provided a feast we don't usually associate with lunch. Everyone was friendly and spoke to my husband. One lady asked if she could just sit in the car as she thought it was grand.
The afternoon continued much as the morning had but this time the car wasn't being used. They asked my husband if he would like to come into the kitchen and watch the filming they were doing in the house. He said yes and watched for the rest of the afternoon. Day one ended almost as quickly as it began.
More About the Movie
What is Carry Me Home? A movie set on a rural farm in upstate, Marlboro, NY in 1947. The film follows young Carrie (Ashley Rose Orr) as she attempts to deal with her father’s death. She refuses to get along with her mourning mother Harriet (Penelope Ann Miller) and she rejects the advances of neighborhood boy Zeke (Nicholas Braun). Things get worse when cultured local man Bernard (David Alan Basche) starts showing up in his brand new Ford Deluxe, with intentions of marrying Harriet. The conclusion finds Carrie growing from a traumatic experience involving the mentally disabled farm hand Charlie (Kevin Anderson). Also in this movie is Jane Alexander as Mrs. Mortimer. Jane received a Daytime Emmy nomination for this cameo role. The movie was directed by her son, Jace Alexander. Added to the pathos of Carrie dealing with her father's death and the mentally challenged Charlie is his abusive father Grizzle, and of course, Charlie's puppies who his father tries to take away from him. It is a simple film definitely in the tearjerker genre for those of us who love puppies and kids.
Day two followed pretty much the same routine as day one. My husband said it was interesting to see the kids playing between scenes and running around like any other kids. Adults stood in groups talking or just lounged away from the camera resting or reading lines. The hub of the action was always in front of the cameras. At one point my husband was asked if he would like to look through the camera to see what they were filming. At no time during this experience did my husband say no.
He spoke to several of the actors as well as another man who had provided a car for the filming. He too was a local man. He watched as they tried to find a particular period watch and tried to bargain with a local antique dealer for the rental price of the watch.
After 3 or 4 days they asked my husband if he could bring the car down the next night instead of day because they wanted to film some night scenes. When the night filming began they told my husband the car was so shiny they would like to remove the visor over the windshield. No offense meant, but to his knowledge that visor hadn't been removed since the car was first built and he didn't want to take any chances removing it now. They were very understanding and said they would change the angles and move the lights to try to cut down on the glare from the car.
On the fifth day, Penelope Ann Miller, one of the main characters in the movie was to drive the car. My husband was a little nervous since old cars with standard shifts are not easy to drive and he wasn't sure a woman could handle it. He was, however, very impressed when she jumped in, started the car and drove away!
He said the whole experience was really interesting but did get boring at times when waiting around as things were set up or the same scenes were shot over and over. When filming for the car ended we began to wait patiently for the movie to come out. The movie was an original Showtime movie. No one connected with the movie ever told him when it would come out, so we began to search the web. Luckily we found someone on the web who was connected to the movie and agreed to let my husband know when the movie was released. Originally it was going to play in theaters but never did. The title was changed from Carrier Moonbeam to Carry Me Home some months after the movie was made but before it was officially released. After what seemed like an eternity we were notified the movie would be on Showtime the next week. Great. Only problem was, we didn't have Showtime. A relative recorded the movie for us and provided us with a DVD to watch.
We all gathered to watch the movie popcorn in hand. We watched until the scene when the shiny Ford Deluxe drove up the driveway. Of course we were interested in watching the movie and my husband was continually giving us background information about who was standing where and doing what when that happened. The car was in the movie several times and we were very proud of how nice it looked, it did look like a brand new car in the movie. We enjoyed the movie too, as stated earlier, a tearjerker but nice simple story. Subsequently a DVD of the movie went on sale, which of course we purchased immediately, so we now have a permanent record of the day our 1948 Ford Deluxe was in a real movie.
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Carry Me Home DVD - released 2004