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Memory (1930-1959)



Musical Memories

The 1930's!

Movie Memories is an activity for seniors who grew up in the 1930's through the 1960's, or who raised families during those years.  Movie Memories are nostalgic films that may be watched for historical interest, as time capsules of eras long vanished or for pure enjoyment of the music, stars and family-friendly stories.

However, Movie Memories is about much more than watching movies.  While seniors enjoy the films of their youth, they will also revisit the cars and trains, homes and schools, cafes and drugstores, hairstyles and fashions, music and sports of those eras – and memories will flood back.  Movie Memories is about sharing those memories!  They can thus serve as an interactive tool for both therapy and social interaction.

Movie Memories will work well with small groups of friends who enjoy talking together.  A group leader shows films one at a time from a DVD player and then asks questions about the film from the Study Guide.  The leader can be a staff member or any resident of the community who holds the remote control and likes to talk.

Discussions may take any direction and last as long as the participants desire.  Several segments can easily fill an hour with lively talk.  Because there may be a desire to re-watch music videos often and without stopping for discussion time, the film clips have been divided onto two DVDs that run around one hour each.

Movie Memories can open doors to the past so we can share what we recall.  We all have memories of growing up and raising a family.  What better way to revisit those days than by watching films from our formative years and reminiscing in the company of friends!

Music of the 1930's!

Nothing stirs memory more than re-seeing the movies of one’s youth, or in this case hearing again the music of the 1930's.  The films may be enjoyed on their own again and again, or your guide may lead a journey into the past for those who want to share memories woken by the films and music.


#1

Three Al Jolson Trailers

Rudy Vallee and Helen Morgan in “Glorifying the American Girl

In My Merry Oldsmobile” Sing-along Cartoon

Bessie Smith in “St. Louis Blues

Bill Bojangles Robinson in “Dixiana

Bubbling Over” with Ethel Waters


#2

Three Busby Berkeley Trailers

Ruth Etting in “Melody in May

Duke Ellington’s “Symphony in Black

“Phillips Broadcast” Puppetoon

Artie Shaw’s “Class in Swing

Blue of the Night ” starring Bing Crosby


A session of Movie Memories requires a meeting place with a DVD player connected to a television or projection TV system.  A group leader selects a film segment from the DVD menu and plays it to the assembled group.  Each film ends with four questions onscreen and the word “Memories” over a sunset, which is the cue to pause the DVD so that discussion can begin.

The moderator then rereads the onscreen questions or the section of the Study Guide to prompt reminiscing on any topic related to the film or the era.

Watch, Recall, Share the Memories!


Music of the 1940's!

Nothing stirs memory more than re-seeing the movies of one’s youth, or in this case hearing again the music of the 1940's.  The films may be enjoyed on their own again and again, or your guide may lead a journey into the past for those who want to share memories woken by the films and music.


#1

Dinah Shore sings “The Last Time I Saw Paris”

Cab Calloway swings to ”Minnie the Moocher”

Your Hit Parade” with Frank Sinatra and Kay Kyser

Bing Crosby with the Coast Guard Band

Second Chorus ” with Fred Astaire and Artie Shaw

Stage Door Canteen

The Fabulous Dorseys

Three Soundies


#2

Second Chorus ” part 2

Sing-along cartoon: “When G.I. Johnny Comes Home”

Stage Door Canteen” part 2

Three Movie Trailers

Private Buckaroo


A group leader plays a film segment to an assembled group.  Each film ends with four questions onscreen and the word “Memories” over a sunset, which is the cue to pause the DVD so that discussion can begin.  The Study Guide helps prompt reminiscing or discussion on any topic related to the film or memories of living through the era depicted.

Watch, Recall, Share the Memories!


Movie Memories

Watch!  Recall!! Share the Memories!

And it’s fun, too!

Volume #1


Movie Memories - Volume #1

Nothing stirs memory more than re-seeing the movies of one’s youth, or in this case hearing again the music of the 1930s.  The films may be enjoyed on their own again and again, or your guide may lead a journey into the past for those who want to share memories woken by the films and music.


#1

The Fifth Freedom” with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Perry Como

Sing-along Cartoon: “In My Merry Oldsmobile

“Universal Newsreel” of 1955 – cars, fashions, robots and Ike

Shirley Temple in “The Little Princess

Lena Horne sings in “Boogie Woogie Dream”

Lucy and the Monkey from “The Lucy Show


#2

Salute to Hawaii on “The Liberace Show

Roy Rogers is “King of the Cowboys

Cartoon: “Balloon Land”

Birth of the auto: “America on Wheels

TV Toy Commercials from the 1950s

Radar Men from the Moon” –Chapter 2


#3

Bob Hope emcees “The All-Star Bond Rally

“The Golden State” Sing-along Cartoon

Restoration of the Civil War railroad train “The General

Horror Movie Disaster: “The Giant Claw”

Highlights from “The Most Dangerous Game


A group leader plays a film segment to an assembled group.  Each film ends with four questions onscreen and the word “Memories” over a sunset, which is the cue to pause the DVD and encourage the group to share their memories.  The Discussion Guide helps prompt reminiscing on any topic related to the film or memories of the era that were woken by seeing the film.

Watch, Recall, Share the Memories!


Movie Memories

Watch!  Recall!! Share the Memories!

And it’s fun, too!

Volume #2


Movie Memories - Volume #2

Nothing stirs memory more than seeing the movies of one’s youth, from the 1930's through the 1950's.  These nostalgic films may be enjoyed on their own again and again, or your guide may lead a journey into the past for those who want to share memories woken by the films and music.


#1

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Betty Boop Cartoon: “The Candid Candidate”

“1957 Universal Newsreel”

Bing Crosby Trailers: “Road to Singapore” “Going My Way

TV Commercials from the 1950's

See Florida in “Roads to Romance


#2

“Horror Movie Trailers”

Sing-along Cartoon: “Farm Foolery”

Trains: “Mainline USA”

The Jack Benny Show

Eat a talking hot dog at “Intermission Time”

Our Gang in “Waldo’s Last Stand”


#3

“All-Star Bond Rally” part 2

Serial ending for “The Phantom Creeps”

Dinah Shore plugs Chevrolets

George Pal Puppetoon “Philips Broadcast”

Roy Rogers in “Heldorado


A group leader plays a film segment to an assembled group.  Each film ends with four questions onscreen and the word “Memories” over a sunset, which is the cue to pause the DVD and encourage the group to share their memories.  The Discussion Guide helps prompt reminiscing on any topic related to the film or memories of the era that were woken by seeing the film.

Watch, Recall, Share the Memories!


Movie Memories

Watch!  Recall! Share the Memories!

And it’s fun, too!

Volume #3


Movie Memories - Volume #3

Nothing stirs memory more than re-seeing the movies of one’s youth, or in this case hearing again the music of the 1930's.  The films may be enjoyed on their own again and again, or your guide may lead a journey into the past for those who want to share memories woken by the films and music.


#1

“The Pinky Lee Show” starring Pinky Lee

Edgar Kennedy: “The Other Fellow”

Levittown, PA in 1953: “Our Home Town

“The Betsy Wetsy Story”

1935 Color Cartoon “Dancing on the Moon”

Gabby Hayes in “The Gabby Hayes Show


#2

“1955 Universal Newsreel”

Sing-along Cartoon: “Sing or Swim”

Fats Waller sings “Ain’t Misbehavin’”

Chevy Cars: “The Corvair in Action”

Drive-in Ads and Horror Trailers!

Abbott and Costello


#3:

“Pepsi Commercials”

Cartoon: “Play Safe”

Bing Crosby: “I Surrender Dear”

Adventure Serial: “The Phantom Empire

Laurel and Hardy in “Flying Deuces”


A group leader plays a film segment to an assembled group.  Each film ends with four questions onscreen and the word “Memories” over a sunset, which is the cue to pause the DVD and encourage the group to share their memories.  The Discussion Guide helps prompt reminiscing on any topic related to the film or memories of the era that were woken by seeing the film.

Watch, Recall, Share the Memories!


Movie Memories

Watch!  Recall! Share the Memories!

And it’s fun, too!

Volume #4


Movie Memories - Volume #4

Nothing stirs memory more than seeing the movies of one’s youth, from the 1930's through the 1950's.  These nostalgic films may be enjoyed on their own again and again, or your guide may lead a journey into the past for those who want to share memories woken by the films and music.


#1

Life with Elizabeth” starring Betty White

Sing-along Cartoon “The Mild West”

Jimmy Dorsey and Gene Krupa music

Stump the Stars

“Hollywood Gorillas”

“Tomorrow’s Drivers”


#2

Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers Trailers

Popeye Cartoon “Little Swee’ Pea”

Part 2 of “Our Home Town

Silent Our Gang: “Lodge Night

“Wonderful New World of Fords”

Queen for a Day


#3

Science-fiction Trailers

Superman Cereal Ads

Bing Crosby: “I Surrender Dear”

Serial: “Undersea Kingdom

Highlights from “The Kennel Murder Case

Plus the complete film “The Kennel Murder Case


A group leader plays a film segment to an assembled group.  Each film ends with four questions onscreen and the word “Memories” over a sunset, which is the cue to pause the DVD and encourage the group to share their memories.  The Discussion Guide helps prompt reminiscing on any topic related to the film or memories of the era that were woken by seeing the film.

Watch, Recall, Share the Memories!




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