As you can probably guess from the image above (1939’s “Ninotchka” starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas), this is a blog dedicated to classic movies.
During the 1960’s, Mom and Dad drove us all out to the drive-in theatre on the corner of Imperial and Idaho in La Habra, California. My siblings and I were placed in the back of their old black Chevy Nova station wagon, set up with pillows and blankets so we could sleep if we wanted to.
It was here that I first experienced movie magic. I still remember black-and-white images of Liz and Dick (actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) as they angrily volleyed insults back and forth in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” There was the enchantment of “Mary Poppins” as she and her friends dropped in and out of technicolor fairylands full of dancing lambs, singing geese, and penguins scurrying everywhere. There was the wonder of the Red Sea parting in “The Ten Commandments,” re-issued ten years after its initial release.
The old La Habra Theater on Whittier was another family hangout. When “Gone With the Wind” was re-distributed for theater audiences in 1969, my family watched as indomitable Scarlett O’Hara once again stood in the war-ravaged fields of Tara, declaring that she would never go hungry again.
The “Million Dollar Movie” on Channel 9 was a long-time TV stronghold of classic film. It was here that I first experienced the horrific image of poor murdered William Holden, staring haplessly at the camera from the surface of a swimming pool, in the opening shot of Billy Wilder’s classic film noir “Sunset Boulevard.”
And of course, my family watched “The Wizard of Oz” on TV every Thanksgiving. I remember trembling at the point that I knew the Wicked Witch would appear in a cloud of smoke in Munchkinland. I cried as Dorothy, trapped in the witch’s castle, wondered if she would ever see her family again.
This site will focus on classic film, both American and otherwise, made prior to 1965. I will be writing little pieces about film, actors, actresses, directors, film composers, and other topics. Any contributions from those visiting this site are welcome.
Let’s have fun discussing film, chiming in on favorite film scenes, or anything else you want to mention pertaining to movies.
What were YOUR first memories of film when you were growing up?