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I watched so many movies from the time that I was a baby that they all blend together. It is impossible to even denote which one was the first that I remember. Many were from other countries and I was so young that I could not have read the subtitles if they were present.

I do remember watching my very first pornographic movie. I marveled at how well the cameraman managed so often to catch my good side. 

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1 hour ago, SansFin said:

I watched so many movies from the time that I was a baby that they all blend together. It is impossible to even denote which one was the first that I remember. Many were from other countries and I was so young that I could not have read the subtitles if they were present.

I do remember watching my very first pornographic movie. I marveled at how well the cameraman managed so often to catch my good side. 

Did you ever watch Jolly Fellows as a kid? I saw this one and whistled this tune for a while after I saw it, according to my mother. :lol: 

 

 

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i remember running into another thread like this on another site with many people who loved classics, and it was very telling that for the majority of them born from the late 30s-early 40s onward that most people's first at a theatre was a Disney film....

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3 hours ago, SansFin said:

I do remember watching my very first pornographic movie. I marveled at how well the cameraman managed so often to catch my good side

From The Muppet Movie:

Rowlf the Dog:
[trying to film the Muppets] Okay everybody, stay in focus.

 

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On 7/2/2019 at 5:53 PM, GGGGerald said:

Speaking of those days, we never did see the Exorcist. We were walking through the mall, my mother and my grandmother , my mother took one look at that long line and said "That line is too long" , so we went back to shopping. I never got around to seeing it since it was talked about so much, I feel as if I've already seen it.

I did see the sequel on TV though :lol:

 

Speaking of funny SNL skits involving films, i got a kick out of this skit played as a deleted scene from Fatal Attraction.... and Glenn Close was game enough to reprise her part.... although I've taken the liberty of cutting to the part where she comes into play.

 

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3 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

Did you ever watch Jolly Fellows as a kid? I saw this one and whistled this tune for a while after I saw it, according to my mother. :lol: 

 

I love that movie very much! I saw it with some regularity in a variety of venues. It was often paired with: Volga, Volga (1938) when shown on television. It was due to my searching for that movie on-line that I discovered that Mosfilm had placed a great many of their movies onto YouTube. 

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19 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

I did the same thing. In fact I joined the Columbia Record Club so I could get the record for "free" before I ever saw the movie.

Being a young girl, I saw Natalie Wood as a role model. I had no idea she didn't sing the songs.

I know. I just learned recently that Maria's singing voice wasn't Natalie. I really liked George Chakaris as Bernardo too. A role for which he won his Academy Award. One of his first movies was White Christmas. He was one of the male dancers in the scene where Rosemary Clooney is performing "Love; You Didn't Do  Right By Me". I don't think he even made the credits for that brief bit. I read somewhere that he has retired at age 84 unlike his WSS girlfriend Academy Award winner Rita Moreno, who is still performing at age 87.

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I think that the first film my parents took me to was THE GREAT CARUSO, with Mario Lanza. Dad had grown up listening to Caruso around his home while Mom was a Lanza fan.

But the film that made a bigger impression upon me shortly afterward was when my parents took me to a drive in to see KING SOLOMON'S MINES. This had to be a reissue, as well.

The moment that stays with me when when a clown with an all white face stuck his head inside an open window in our car. I let out a scream with my head bouncing off the roof, as the clown quickly withdrew his head from our vehicle, banging it on the window sill in the process and letting out a swear word at me.

The clown left a bigger impact upon me than anything I saw in the movie. I've dreamt about that clown since and in my dream he has fangs. I'm not certain if that was the case at the drive in but I wouldn't be at all surprised.

Scene that should have been in the movie:

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"Remember, spare any animals coming at us but, if you see any clowns, shoot to kill!"

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13 hours ago, TomJH said:

I think that the first film my parents took me to was THE GREAT CARUSO, with Mario Lanza. Dad had grown up listening to Caruso around his home while Mom was a Lanza fan.

But the film that made a bigger impression upon me shortly afterward was when my parents took me to a drive in to see KING SOLOMON'S MINES. This had to be a reissue, as well.

The moment that stays with me when when a clown with an all white face stuck his head inside an open window in our car. I let out a scream with my head bouncing off the roof, as the clown quickly withdrew his head from our vehicle, banging it on the window sill in the process and letting out a swear word at me.

The clown left a bigger impact upon me than anything I saw in the movie. I've dreamt about that clown since and in my dream he has fangs. I'm not certain if that was the case at the drive in but I wouldn't be at all surprised.

Scene that should have been in the movie:

"Remember, spare any animals coming at us but, if you see any clowns, shoot to kill!"

Tom, once again reading your traumatic clown story here has now reminded me to tell you of a motel I stayed at (yeah really, I kid you not) a few weeks back while driving from Sedona AZ to the Reno/Carson City area to visit some friends of ours who had just moved there from Phoenix, and to where my wife had flown to a few days prior.

Well ol' buddy, due to my leaving a bit late in the day from Sedona for this 12 hour drive, THIS was the motel I stayed at overnight at about the halfway point in this drive and in a little town in Nevada called Tonopah...

 

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http://www.tonopahnevada.com/clown-motel/

(...and yes, as I checked into it that night, I thought of you and the idea that there would be NO way in hell you'd ever stay there..."hell" of course being the operative word here in YOUR case!) ;)

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Heh!

The LAST thing I EVER thought of after checking into a motel, was ANOTHER GUY!  ;)  

I never got the "clown fright" thing.  It's different now that "evil" clowns became a sort of horror movie cliche, but even when I was a kid, when NO "evil" clowns were ever heard of or seen in ANY kind of movie, I knew other kids who were even terrified by THIS innocuous Detroit kid's TV icon, who really wasn't all that "creepy" as the YT clip tries to suggest.  MILKY often came to my grade school to perform at occasional assemblies. 

I think maybe some kids developed a fear and fright of clowns due to possibly one of the "uncles" Mom brought home was a circus clown who also had some pedophilia issues.  ;)

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6 hours ago, Dargo said:

Tom, once again reading your traumatic clown story here has now reminded me to tell you of a motel I stayed at (yeah really, I kid you not) a few weeks back while driving from Sedona AZ to the Reno/Carson City area to visit some friends of ours who had just moved there from Phoenix, and to where my wife had flown to a few days prior.

Well ol' buddy, due to my leaving a bit late in the day from Sedona for this 12 hour drive, THIS was the motel I stayed at overnight at about the halfway point in this drive and in a little town in Nevada called Tonopah...

 

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http://www.tonopahnevada.com/clown-motel/

(...and yes, as I checked into it that night, I thought of you and the idea that there would be NO way in hell you'd ever stay there..."hell" of course being the operative word here in YOUR case!) ;)

So ya see the price you had to pay for leaving Sedona late, Dargo? Have you learned your lesson? If you had gone to that same drive-in that I had as a kid and met that same clown, I have to wonder if you STILL would have stayed there. So did the clerk at the sign in desk have a big red nose, wear oversized shoes  and make a balloon animal for you?

And you're right about my not staying there. I would have camped out in those hills behind the motel instead, (keeping an eye open for any clowns that might try to sneak up on me in the middle of the night, of course).

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The first movie I can recall seeing on the big screen was 1965's The Sound of Music. My mother took us to a showing of the film at the Ridge Drive-In located in Charlottesville, Virginia. We saw the film during the summer of 1965. The screen was huge. Over 60 feet high. To a five year old kid, I had never seen anything like that before.

The first film I saw in a movie theater was the re-issue of 1960's Swiss Family Robinson on February 5th, 1967. My mother drove me and my friend Ray (same name as me only I had the more unique spelling) into Charlottesville where we watched the film while she went shopping. February 5th is my birthday and this was her gift to me that year! The theater was the Barracks Road Cinema. It was a one screen movie theater that would close in the early 1970's.

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11 hours ago, Dargo said:

Well ol' buddy, due to my leaving a bit late in the day from Sedona for this 12 hour drive, THIS was the motel I stayed at overnight at about the halfway point in this drive and in a little town in Nevada called Tonopah...

http://www.tonopahnevada.com/clown-motel/

(...and yes, as I checked into it that night, I thought of you and the idea that there would be NO way in hell you'd ever stay there..."hell" of course being the operative word here in YOUR case!) ;)

Isn't the Clown Motel next to a graveyard? Full of clowns with "unfinished business" I'm sure.

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On 7/2/2019 at 9:41 PM, BagelOnAPlateOfOnionRolls said:

The first movie I remember seeing at the theater was The Incredibles.

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The first non-animated movie I remember seeing in the theater was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

 

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oh wow, this makes me feel a bit old....

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the first one I can remember is Twister which I saw at a drive-in.

it's pretty funny because I was at a drive-in watching characters at a drive-in watching The Shining.

The Shining is now my favorite movie.

crazy how the world works

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9 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

Isn't the Clown Motel next to a graveyard? Full of clowns with "unfinished business" I'm sure.

Yep, seems so, speedy...

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In 1972, Buena Vista Pictures re-released Disney's Song of the South (1946).  I was about 5 and saw it at the old Arcade Theater in downtown Paducah, Ky.  My first movie theater experience.

 

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The earliest I recall were the 1965 Elvis movie Girl Happy, around the same time as seeing two separate reissues of dubbed European faerie tale movies from the fifties--Rumpelstiltskin and Hansel and Gretel, the latter being a Czech movie with Rankin/Bass-type puppet animation, with my first fully enjoyed theatrical movie being El Dorado (1967) with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. After that came some of my most beloved Toho movies, and I remember being taken to Hello Dolly! (1969), held over from the preceding year, only to learn my brother had gotten to see Airport (1970) at the same time, which I wouldn't see until its TV premiere.

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55 minutes ago, Defenestrator said:

around the same time as seeing two separate reissues of dubbed European faerie tale movies from the fifties--Rumpelstiltskin and Hansel and Gretel, the latter being a Czech movie with Rankin/Bass-type puppet animation

I dimly remember some dubbed European fairytale movies shown at our local public-domain Saturday matinees, including a Rumpelstiltskin--Any more info, so I can exorcise those childhood memories into something more solid?

In fact, now that this thread has gotten me digging deeper, I'm not sure whether my first was Fantasia, or the original run of Doctor Doolittle (at least, by the time it'd come to the small-town engagements), and I don't think that one had reissues--I remember seeing a trailer for a Raquel Welch film around that same time, and I'm trying to place that one, to make sure.

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I'm not sure if it was the first I'd seen - probably not - but one of my earliest memories of being alone in the audience of a theater was when I was about 5 or 6 years old and the movie playing was Revenge of the Creature.

What I remember specifically was feeling afraid by the monster lurking outside somebody's house at night time.

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10 hours ago, BrownShoes said:

I'm not sure if it was the first I'd seen - probably not - but one of my earliest memories of being alone in the audience of a theater was when I was about 5 or 6 years old and the movie playing was Revenge of the Creature.

What I remember specifically was feeling afraid by the monster lurking outside somebody's house at night time.

That's so young to be at a movie (especially a horror movie) alone. Were you dropped off? My parents used to drop me off at the movies all the time but I always had a sister with me (who was very young, as well.)

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On 7/5/2019 at 7:10 PM, hutz said:

 

The Shining is now my favorite movie.

 

That's sad.  No doubt(to me) along with SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION (aka: "Never Give An Inch"), it's among the worst book-to-film adaptations I can think of. 

And it seems to me too, that if this board had an age limit of 21 or over, we'd lose HALF or more of the posts in this thread!  :o  :D

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2 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

That's sad.  No doubt(to me) along with SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION (aka: "Never Give An Inch"), it's among the worst book-to-film adaptations I can think of. 

And it seems to me too, that if this board had an age limit of 21 or over, we'd lose HALF or more of the posts in this thread!  :o  :D

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I'm not a fan of The Shining either, only because I got bored.  But if it's someone's favorite movie, to each his own. The only thing I liked about The Shining were the exterior shots of Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood in Oregon. 

Re: 21 over board limit.  If that was put into place, don't worry,  I'd still be here 😉 I was 21 quite some time ago.

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13 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

That's sad.  No doubt(to me) along with SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION (aka: "Never Give An Inch"), it's among the worst book-to-film adaptations I can think of. 

And it seems to me too, that if this board had an age limit of 21 or over, we'd lose HALF or more of the posts in this thread!  :o  :D

Sepiatone

I really enjoyed the book and have been wanting to reread it for some time (my copy is in tatters), however I am not at all bothered by the fact that as an adaptation, it leaves a lot to be desired.

Kubrick often bought up other peoples work and reworked it for his own means and I loved what he did with it.

I've seen it a couple dozen times and I always see something different in it

the downside of course is we never got a faithful adaptation (miniseries doesn't count)

and I'm well above 21, thank you very much

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17 hours ago, sagebrush said:

That's so young to be at a movie (especially a horror movie) alone. Were you dropped off? My parents used to drop me off at the movies all the time but I always had a sister with me (who was very young, as well.)

I was in the care of Nanny that day, and she had to work (she worked the theater's snack bar), so I was parked in a theater seat to watch the movies. Free of charge, of course.

But, yes. I was afforded a great deal of autonomy as a young child. Far more than the children of today. 

I was not coddled or over-protected at all.

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