Letters: Wedding Dresses, 'Shawshank Redemption'

Last week's story about the wedding dress industry — and the fact that many brides-to-be are still willing to pay top dollar despite the bad economy — reminded one listener of shopping for her special day. Listeners also responded to the story about the town where Shawshank Redemption was filmed.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host: It's time now for your email. Last week, we reported on the wedding dress industry, and the fact that many brides-to-be are still willing to pay top dollar despite the bad economy.

Well, that reminded Paula Eisenberg, of Underhill, Vermont, of when she went shopping for her special day. She writes this: I fell in love with the first dress I tried on at the April Cornell store here in Burlington, Vermont. It was elegant, off-white, and lacey and 50 percent off. Imagine, even in a $50 dress, it was still the best day of my life.

MICHELE NORRIS, host: We also took listeners on a journey to Mansfield, Ohio, where nearly all of the 1994 prison drama "The Shawshank Redemption" was filmed. The city has become a mecca for the movie's many devoted fans, particularly a massive oak tree that played a key role in the film.

Julianna Berry of Wilmington, North Carolina, writes: What a wonderful story. I often wondered about that tree and really glad that they decided to save many of the locations used in the movie. I wouldn't be surprised by how many people consider this to be their favorite picture, like me. I never grow tired of watching. There's something to be said about the message hope, maybe that's why I love it so much.

BLOCK: Drew Babb of Lincoln, Virginia, also enjoyed our story but points out that the oak tree in "The Shawshank Redemption" isn't the only holy place of cinematic history around Mansfield. Less than a mile from the tree, at Malabar Farm State Park, Humphrey Bogart married Lauren Bacall back in 1945.

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LAUREN BACALL, Actor: (as Marie Slim Browning) You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.

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BLOCK: Please keep your letters coming. Go to NPR.org and click on Contact Us.

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