Completely Delighted and Delightful!

December 24, 2010

As soon as I read the post from a community member that I have included below, I knew that I needed to post it here, not only for our entire community but also for those who sometimes come to the site and want to get a sense of who we are and what we are about.

Barbara’s post below so captures the spirit and soul of Old Hollywood and the movies it made, and will make again, that I am utterly delighted she has agreed to let me share it with you today. (I added the links and photos):

Hello everyone:

My name is Barbara and I love older movies! I am 76 years old so that equals a lot of movie years behind me. When I was able to take my 50 cents and walk to a movie house for an afternoon of the news, cartoons and double features I was in 7th heaven! Mind you that did not happen all the time but when it did what a special treat it was. Actually I even brought my parents change from that 50 cents beside enjoying a pop corn treat!

My favorites were musicals. They flashed across the screen creating a wonderland of dreams in my young mind. I would go home and pretend to dance with Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire just as the beautiful ladies did on screen. Then of course there were times I saddled up along with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans just longing to ride Trigger one time!

Later in life when my parents and I lived in Hartford, Ct I was able to not only able to watch a movie, with news and a cartoon but there were live stage shows beside! This was the time of the “big band era” and I enjoyed Mel Torme, Gene Krupa, Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman (pictured at left) and many more, live on stage before each movie! This is just a small portion of my introduction to the movies. Radio days and movies were the best. They helped create my imagination. I could be a dancer one day or an explorer facing danger the next.

I am excited to be here and hope to hear from you soon.



Thank you so much, Barbara. What a treat it is to have met you here and to have you with us. For those of you who have not yet joined our community, please do so and say hi to Barbara!

And Merry, Merry Christmas to all.


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Judy Cochrane December 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Hello old movie lovers,
Barbara, your letter brought back memories for me.
It’s Christmas Eve and I am missing my mom who passed away recently at age 84 and was a true “old movie” lover. She talked about 10 cent movies as a kid at the old Gem Theatre. She used to let me stay up late with her to watch the old horror movies with Bette Davis and Lana Turner on our old black and white TV. My dad doesn’t like movies at all. In fact he would wait until the very scary parts and sneak outside and rap on the windows so we would jump out of our seats! Those were the good old days and I know mom would be thrilled to see this effort towards preservation of movie making in the old style. Thanks, Simon.
ps I ordered your book and look forward to reading it when it arrives.


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