Wind at My Back

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (3)

  • Hub: You're a sport. Alice: So are you.

  • Honey: (introducing the award recipient) This year's recipient of the Bell Award demonstrates qualities that make a true founder of this region – honesty, bravery, generosity... (pauses and throws paper away) The truth is – this year's recipient is a stubborn and impatient woman. She also has beliefs she has stuck to her whole life. She has quietly helped anyone she could, and [she] saved my life. She was once my mother-in-life, but I still love her like a mother. She has fought a crippling stroke, all the while loving this town like it was hers. And really, it is, because I don't think there is a single person in this room who hasn't been touched by her decency, and her kindness and charity. So it is my pleasure to introduce to you the recipient of this year's Bell award, Mrs. May Bailey.

  • Travis: They want you to sell away your present for the future. Who knows what the future has in store? Max: Hope, that's what.

Notes (54)

  • Director Harvey Frost is credited as F. Harvey Frost in the first three episodes of "Wind at My Back".

  • Series regular James Carroll does not appear in this episode. His character Max Sutton is introduced in the second episode.

  • Booth Savage, who appears as Jack Bailey in the pilot, is the real-life father of Tyrone Savage (Henry "Fat" Bailey).

  • The first two episodes of the series were aired together as a two-hour premiere.

  • Series regular James Carroll appears for the first time as Max Sutton in this episode

  • Pal (the dog)'s real name is Casey. He is listed in the end-credits.

  • This episode marks the first appearance of George Murphy's dog Pal.

  • Alden Cramp is credited as "Mr. Cramp" in this episode.

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Trivia (6)

  • May says in this episode she has lived in New Bedford for 40 years, and her husband built the town from rock.

  • This episode includes the first day of school in September 1932.

  • Honey tells Marjorie that Violet is eighteen months old in this episode.

  • This episode ends on Halloween night, 1932.

  • There is an error in the title of this episode, as well as in the end credits. The name of Maisey's father is spelt Eddy Jackson, not Eddie Jackson.

  • There is an error in the end credits of the movie. The character played by Dougie LaForce is Zack Sutton, not Zack Bailey, as Zack is the son of Max Sutton.

Allusions (5)

  • The Blender: A Technological Innovation
    The "Faring" blender referred to in the episode is actually the Waring blender, an improvement upon the original blender which was marketed successfully in the latter half of the 1930s.

  • How To Win And Influence Friends: A Very Popular Book in Mid-1930s
    In "For God And Country", Callie reads the widely popular book How to Win and Influence Friends, which lists Six Ways To Make People Like You and How To Win People To Your Way Of Thinking.

  • 1936 Summer Olympics: Marathon
    Although the historical context of this episode is accurate, Jack Miller and the two German runners he outruns are fictional. Check out the actual results of the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics marathon.

  • Poliomyelitis: Infantile Paralysis
    Information about this viral disease can be found here.

  • George Murphy: The town will erupt. Max Sutton will have to call in the O.P.P.
    The O.P.P. stands for Ontario Provincial Police, the force that policed rural Ontario.