Saturday at the Movies
Saying for the day-In the end, "Captain America" is a fun, low-budget, patriotic, feel-good action flick which works in a Saturday Matinee sort of way.
As I was writing yesterday’s blog I remembered something else from my childhood that kids today don’t have.
We had Saturday afternoon at the movies.
It was a special time just for kids.
Admission was $.10 , one dime.
There were two movies usually with cowboys, a cartoon, a newsreel , and most important of all the serial.
It was the serial that kept you coming back week after week to see if our hero somehow escaped. Over the years I saw “ The Whip”, “The Green Hornet”, “ Captain Marvel”, “The Ghost who Walks”, “Superman” and others I can’t remember. They were blown up, shot, drugged, crushed, poisoned, and yet they always survived. I even put up with musicals ( I hated musicals) to get to that serial.
It all started when I was six years old and my Aunt Ida would walk me from the family Drug Store to the theater. She bought the ticket and got me some popcorn and the adventure began.
I was no longer little Johney Linna I was a cowboy or a detective. I saved the girl but I never, never kissed her. I saw Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, the Cisco Kid and other cowboys whose names I don’t remember.
When it ended Ida was waiting at the door to walk with me back to the Drug Store. Soon I convinced them I could handle my own dime and buy my own popcorn and they left me go alone ( though I am sure for a few weeks somebody followed a block or so behind).
Now kids have television but it isn’t the same.
My cowboys shot the gun out of people’s hands. They never killed anybody. They always stayed away from drinking . They set a good example for the kids. Sure it wasn’t real but we grew up wanting to be good like them.
Those days are gone forever. But I did buy videotapes of some of the great serials and from time to time I play them and go back to those good old days.
####News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal. Charlie and Fred are still in jail. Their wives decided not to make bail. Maybe if they sit there for awhile they will decide the fighting isn’t worth it and work things out. In any case they are being charged with “Destruction of Property” and “ Causing a riot” .
Petrovich is back from Green Bay and looking for the driblet that may have something to say about Bonnie McGregor and her yet unborn child or children. He seems very excited by the possibility. Little by little he is showing the world that his hero the Seer Alexis Grengicoff could see the future.
Pigeon Falls still waits with dread for the driblet 187 to begin to come true. This is the one that Petrovich said would happen this year. It has terror coming from the sky. It has screaming and people running around. So far there is no sign that it is or will take place but it is only February.
Now that everything is back to normal the Methodist ladies are planning another big pasty sale. The Church needs to be repainted and they are going to raise some money for the paint. Then the men can do the painting.
Today's Link-Great Old Movies- A review of the book "Great Movie Serials"
Not a great day. My oxygen was down. Not as bad as the other day but down. I fgeel like I'm coming down with something. I hope it isn't what's going around. I did get the website for the Church updated. I visited some links. I napped.
Now I need a breathing treatment.