This image is from the 1995 film adaptation of Jane Austen's 1817 novel Persuasion. In this scene, Anne Elliot (Amanda Root) has met up with her former beau Captain Wentworth (Ciaran Hinds) on a rainy day in Bath, seeing him for the first time since the accident at Lyme. He is lending her his umbrella, and probably planning to offer to escort her home (yes! yes!) but her loathsome cousin Mr. Elliot (Samuel West) shows up at this inopportune moment to convey her there (no! no!).
This image is from the 1979 movie The Black Stallion, which is based on the 1941 children's novel by the same name. In this scene, Alec Ramsey has been training the Black- the wild horse with whom he had been shipwrecked- with the help of Henry Dailey, a retired jockey. Since the Black has no papers, it's impossible for him to be entered into a regular race. Henry has used his connections to get him into a match race which has been arranged between the two greatest racehorses from the east and west coasts. Alec's mother of course is aware that he and Henry have been working with the Black, but knows nothing about the training, the match race, or Alec planning to ride in it. With the race drawing close, he has asked Henry to come over to help him explain... as Henry rings the bell, Alec blurts out the news about the race and then runs to answer the door.
The above image is from one of the funniest scenes in the 2002 film About A Boy. In it, 12 year old Marcus is on an excursion to the park with his mother's friend Suzie and Will, her prospective date (and professional loafer). Marcus' hippie-dippy mother Fiona has sent along a loaf of her inedible, rock-hard health bread for his snack. Unable to gnaw even a corner off of the brick/loaf, Marcus attempts to break a few bits off to feed to the ducks but it's too hard to do that, either. In a moment of frustration, Marcus hurls the entire loaf into the water where, with the consistency of a cannonball, it accidentally hits and kills a duck. The three of them are gazing in stunned silence at the floating duck corpse when a park warden arrives to investigate the death.
The above image is from my favourite New Years movie, Bachelor Mother from 1939, starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven. It tells the story of Polly Parrish (Rogers), a struggling salesgirl who is mistaken for the mother of an abandoned baby boy left at an orphanage. The charity workers approach her employer, David Merlin of Merlin's Department Store, who promises to guarantee Polly's job and give her a raise so that she can support her supposed son. Polly finds herself reluctantly pretending to be the mother, as it means she can keep her job instead of being laid off after the Christmas rush. Various complications ensue which result in her boss- just as reluctantly at first- becoming involved in Polly's and the baby's lives. In the pictured scene, David has been stood up by his date on New Years Eve, but assures the lady in question that he will have no trouble finding another woman to take out, despite it being the last minute. He suddenly thinks of Polly, having no doubt that she's sitting at home alone with the baby-which she is. He arranges for her landlady to watch the baby, gets a fancy dress from the store for Polly, and escorts her to his swanky New Years bash. Polly is terribly nervous that she won't fit in- and so is David, resulting in his telling his friends that she's Swedish so that she won't have to talk to anyone. To his surprise, she's a big hit with his friends, especially the men, and a disgruntled David finds himself sitting alone at a table while one man after another asks Polly for a dance.
This image is from the 1951 film version of A Christmas Carol, starring Alastair Sim as the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge. In this scene, Scrooge has been transported back in time by the Spirit of Christmas Past to when his younger self is at the bedside of his sister Fan, who is dying following the birth of her son Fred. Ignored by his cold father all through childhood, Ebeneezer had only been loved by his sister; her death devastates him and embitters him toward his nephew, whom he gives little time to as an adult. As older Scrooge watches his younger self storm away, grief-stricken and angry, he hears what young Scrooge had not: Fan begging him with her last breath to take care of Fred. He is now filled with sorrow and guilt, realising that he failed to do the one thing his dear sister had asked of him.