As a girl growing up in the 40’s and 50’s I wasn’t allowed to go to the movies! It was taboo! When I asked why, I was told the money, I would have paid, would go to pay the salary of the movie stars but their life style wasn’t appropriate. Being an obedient child, who loved my parents and God, I accepted this reasoning.
When I was in junior high in Des Moines, Iowa, after eating lunch each day, a movie was shown. I think it was about 20 minutes or so a day so it took all week to show the entire movie. I didn’t go often but there were a few movies I went to see because my friends told me how good they were. They assured me there was nothing wrong with going to see them. Two that I went to see were On Moonlight Bay and By the Light of the Silvery Moon, starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRay. They were both so good and so fun to watch! From then on I didn’t understand the ruling of No Movies.
Then I turned 16 and was dating Pat. I liked him very much! He was tall and good looking There wasn’t a lot for us to do! We played miniature golf until we were sick of it. We often went out for pizza. Pizza was new back then and I loved it! Pat respected my parent’s rules but one night he said we were going to a drive-in theater. Oh dear, I’d never been to one in my life! He assured me the movie was a good one and was starring Esther Williams. It was good. We didn’t switch to the back seat, which was the reputation of couples who went to a drive-in movie! Pat was very respectful of me.
My parents wouldn’t have found out we went to a movie except that it lasted a little too long so I was late getting home. Yes, I had a curfew. Now I was in trouble. They asked where I’d been. I was honest. I told them we’d been to see a movie at a drive-in. Oh boy, that was bad. They asked how I could be so disobedient. I asked them if they would rather have us parking somewhere and necking? Then I said I was sorry, but it was a good movie and we really didn’t do anything wrong.
That was the end of my movie viewing until about the late 1960’s. We had taken our family on a long trip to Oregon to visit my sister’s family. The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, was showing at a drive-in theater and Lorraine and Bob and their four daughters wanted to take us to see this movie. They assured us it would be enjoyed by all of us including our four children (at that time four). So we all piled into our station wagon and off we went to the drive-in theater. They were right. It’s still my most favorite movie! Later I found out my parents even went to it…and in a theater!
So the ban on movies was lifted. We didn’t go often but once in a while if we heard of a really good movie we would go to see it.
One movie Jerry and I went to see was On Golden Pond staring Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn. It was so good, the photography was beautiful, the story was so interesting and true to life…but the language that was used was horrific! In my opinion the movie was ruined by the bad language that didn’t add a thing to the beautiful story being told.
We seldom go to movies but I do have lots of movies (good movies) on dvd’s and also video’s. I question movies today. The language, sex, violence. How do folks sit in a theater and watch movies that are against their morals? I don’t understand. Do they simply close their eyes…ears? I don’t get it.
I took some of my grandchildren to see My Family Bought A Zoo! That was a good one! I’d like to watch it again!
Back when I wasn’t allowed to go to watch a movie, they were clean and interesting and fun. Today when I can go, most movies, are filled with obscene language and swearing, sex and violence. I’m having trouble adapting to this change.