Movies were my favorite entertainment as a child. Pre-computer, iPad, internet, it was the magic that lit up the world. Heroes were men like Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, Clark Gable, or Leslie Howard. Heroines were glamorous, exotic women who could dance and sing as well as act. Carmen Miranda, Dale Evans, Doris Day, and so many more made me wish to follow in their footsteps.
So many adventures filled the screen. Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest, Moses leading the Israelites from Egypt, and Scarlett O’Hara prevailing in Gone With the Wind are only a few.
The movies kept us entertained. The Saturday matinee had two full-length features, a cartoon, a funny short, sometimes a news report for only fifteen cents. No wonder the theater was crowded. The show changed on Saturday night and sometimes after church, we’d beg another admission from our parents and see the new movies.
There were no ratings like now. I think I was every movie produced for ten or twelve years. From Frankenstein’s Monster to Fantasia, I absorbed a world beyond my small town.
What does this have to do with ‘The Good, The Bad, or The Ugly?’
Not much unless you want to understand that I saw them all.
I still love those old movies. Many of them much more than what’s available now. I think I’ll look for ‘The Creature From the Black Lagoon tonight.
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