The ever-observant Michele Murphy has recently told me about a classic film that makes several references to Wilkes-Barre and Nanticoke.
I was born in Poland. When I was quite young, we came to America to a place in Pennsylvania called…Coal Town. Little Poland.
Didn’t keep ya’ waiting too long, I hope?
Ya' got everything fixed?
Yessiree. I had a big talk with Father Spinsky, and he worked everything out fine. He’s gonna’ give ya’ a solid requiem mass. And I got hold of a singer from Wilkes-Barre. She just happened to be in town.
In additional to the Wilkes-Barre references, there are also several references to Nanticoke, PA in Miracle of the Bells.
The railway station Bill arrives at with Olga’s body is in Nanticoke, PA. A sign also states this fact.
The Nanticoke Journal is mentioned several times as their newspaper.
Nanticoke is also mentioned twice in the following scene between Bill (MacMurray) and Father Paul (Sinatra):
Father, how much is the bus fare to Nanticoke?
It’s 10 cents.
Will, a dollar oughta cover it.
Will that be enough?
Not quite. I need another $490.99, but I may be able to pick it up in Nanticoke. See ya later.
Bill (to clerk)
Are you sure there isn’t a night letter lying around Wilkes-Barre?
Much thanks to Michele Murphy for this reference.