Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving 101

For those of us in the U.S. about to celebrate Thanksgiving, we here at Another Old Movie Blog would like to help make your holiday preparations more successful. Last Thanksgiving was long time ago, and you’ve probably forgotten a lot about what to do.

Here is an informational film from our good friends at Instructional Films, Inc. to help you create the perfect feast and a most pleasant holiday. It was made in 1950. Take notes.

(Remember to scroll down to the bottom of the page and mute the music so you can hear the video.)

10 comments:

Yvette said...

Good table manners keep our meals happy and those who eat with us, happy. HA! Love it. The voice over guy is SO smarmy. AND the music - gak! But you know, these sorts of films probably helped more than harmed back then. IT wouldn't hurt to have something like this today but updated of course. Or do you think the kids would throw stuff at the screen? Probably. :)
Those were SUCH different times.

One of my early school memories is of my class making a film (probably like this one) at our local library. I must have been in second or maybe third grade. I remember the cameras and the black cables running across the floor. The bunch of us kids being herded around in front of the camera. But I don't think we ever saw the film, or at least I don't remember it. I always wish I could have found the film years later and seen if I showed up in any of the scenes. A great film career cut short. HA!

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

I think we definitely need more instructional films. I owe everything I know to Castle Film Strips.

As for your film career cut short, I'm sure it was a loss to all of us. What was the film about? Maybe you were in "On the Waterfront" or "West Side Story" and didn't know it? Anybody getting punched? Anybody dancing?

Yvette said...

HA! I wish! No, it was definitely some sort of film about the library, probably an 'instructional' sort of thing. I do remember being told to look like I was reading, sitting at a table. No speaking lines though. An award winner for sure.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

I can just see you now, Little Yvette asking the director, "What's my motivation?"

Caftan Woman said...

I relied on the purple dinosaur to teach manners to my kids. Nobody in the family ever gets that "small mouthful" thing right.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Small mouthfuls are exceedingly difficult when the food is so good.

John Hayes said...

Wow--I'm always amazed by these instructional videos! That's one hilarious dinner party--did you think mom & dad looked a bit long in the tooth for sons of that age?

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Since my parents were also "long in the tooth" when I was young, I never think to notice those things. It seems normal to me.

Yes, sir, the family in this video really knows how to throw one humdinger of a party.

normadesmond said...

once the boys stopped polishing their sticks, the whole thing fell apart (even though what's her name was a hell of a baster).

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Hi, normadesmond, thanks for stopping by. I was wondering if we could call this film genre Turkey Noir. Maybe not.