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Saturday, March 30, 2013

This Is My Easter Tradition


Ever since I first stumbled upon this movie on a Saturday night TV broadcast when I was about twelve, Easter Parade has been a favorite holiday tradition of mine. Back in those days if you wanted to see an old movie you were at the mercy of a local TV progammer. There were years when none of the local stations would show Easter Parade , and I had to make due with ABC's annual showing of my second favorite Easter movie, The Ten Commandments, which wasn't about Easter at all. Nowadays, I can watch either of them anytime I want, which is convenient, but I must admit, some of the thrill is gone.

2 comments:

Pitbullshark said...

Ah, for me, childhood nostalgia. Judy Garland...the holiday ritual for our family was the annual showing of "The Wizard of Oz" on TV on Thanksgiving Day.How many years in a row were we so excited to watch that. I was so happy when I could own the videotape of that movie...and haven't watched it since!

Regarding "The Ten Commandments"--I remember seeing that in a drive-in-movie. Going to a drive-in was affordable for a large family, because you paid b the car, not the person. We kids loved it...not only could we go to a movie, but we could get junk food for dinner from the snack bar and wear our pajamas in the car. If we got tired (if the movie was long, or a double-feature), we could go to sleep in the cargo section at the back of the station wagon. I have this movie on videotape, too, but have have only seen it once since I recorded it. So I know what you mean....

Vera said...

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've seen The Wizard of Oz, but I don't associate it with any particular holiday. I remember watching it when I was four, and I think I only missed it once until I was a senior in high school and my commitment to the school talent show caused me to miss it.

The Ten Commandments has always been a television event for me. I remember vividly when it made its network television premiere. It is pure camp, pure spectacle, corny as Iowa in August. Love it.

I loved going to the drive-in, and my experience was very much like yours, but we almost never got to indulge in the concession stand. My mother would fill a big brown grocery bag with popcorn and we would bring a cooler full of budget soda pop, Shasta, usually, various flavors. I remember triple features that were designed for the whole family, starting with a Disney flick or some other family oriented film, and each successive film a bit more adult than the one before it. I remember one such bill: The Computer Wore Tennis Shows, Father Goose, Two For The Road. Thing was, I was already movie mad. If there was a movie on, I was not going to sleep.