The new movie about Mr. Rogers, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” was our Christmas Day movie. (For those unfamiliar with the custom, Jewish Christmas is Chinese food and a movie; it’s really fun but it makes for crowded Chinese restaurants and movie theatres.) The internet must be reading my thoughts, because while YouTubing around looking for something else entirely, it showed me Mr. Rogers’s 1983 appearance on The Tonight Show, with Joan Rivers behind the desk.
It’s eight and a half minutes well spent, with two extraordinary people who are no longer here. Much as I love Tom Hanks playing almost anyone, I was glad to see Mr. Rogers himself, the real person. Spoiler: There’s more about his mother knitting his sweaters, and Joan Rivers cracking wise about it.
For my fellow New York Times fans, here’s their review of the movie, which includes a most excellent Anatomy of a Scene video, narrated by director Marielle Heller. I learned from the review that Heller directed “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”—a sad movie that I loved, with stellar performances by Melissa McCarthy [thanks, reader Mary Lou, for catching my mistake] and Richard E. Grant.
Mr. Rogers forever!