Went to Confession today.
Holy Thursday April 10, 1952
Went to Holy Communion today.
Good Friday April 11, 1952
Stayed in Church with our Dear Lord the three hours of His Passion from 12:00 to 3:00pm
Saturday April 12, 1952
Went to Long Beach with Jim, Virginia and Floyd today. I like Virginia, she’s pretty cute. Then went over Virginia’s house tonight and played Rummy. Mary Alice came over today, she looks double fine with a tan since she just got back from Balboa for the week. Got another letter from Betty Jo, says she misses me terrible.
Easter Sunday April 13, 1952
Jim went with me to Easter Mass and received Holy Communion with me today. Then after Mass we went over to his house in L.A. for me to meet his mother and father, and I had supper with the whole family. Man we had a feast, it was turkey and all the trimmings. Everything was just so delicious and everybody was so nice. It made me feel real, real good. Jim has a 17 year-old sister and we got to be buddy-buddies and she is double fine. His father is sure built and is as strong as an ox. Then afterwards we cleaned up the dishes and stayed a little while and talked, then Jim took me to see Singin' in the Rain and it was double fine.
I’m afraid Jim has it bad for me. He asked me to go steady with him tonight, but I evaded him by telling him that Mom doesn’t want me to go steady with anybody, I’m too young (to die). Also, he asked to kiss me good night and I wouldn’t do it. I am so mean though! He is a doggone nice guy, but his teeth are dirty and I never kiss guys that have dirty teeth. I wish he would just drop me so he won’t get hurt.
Also Moose and Bryan (tight Levi's guy from Feb 28) came over tonight while I was gone with Jim. They drove over in a lush, black shiny job.
Monday April 14, 1952
Wrote to Betty Jo today. Went to the show today and saw At Sword’s Point and an Ozzie Nelson picture, both were good. While I was gone, I guess it was Fred Glazo who came over tonight, by the way Mom described the red convertible.
Tuesday April 15, 1952
Started Jim’s argyles today, they are real flawless looking with a grey background, and red and green diamonds with tan stripes. I stayed home tonight but no one came over. I think my company waits at the corner just to see me go out…and then they sneak up and come knocking on the door asking for me!
Red convertibles, lush black shiny jobs, and a guy you don’t like very much primarily due to bad teeth (but keep dating anyway). Sounds like a perfectly average night for Vilma! And what about those double fine movies?
The best thing was that the whole family could watch any of these fine movies. Once upon a time, movie stars were also enormously multi-talented: they could sing, dance and act! Unlike most of the actors we have today of course.
Movies, Conversations and Cars of the 1950's
Here we can step back and take another peek at the days when a movie with a great story, good music and dancing delighted the soul. Days when you awoke and got dressed in slacks, button down shirts, dresses, gloves, coifed your hair and wore your best hat. You may have rang someone up on the telephone or dropped by someone’s house to visit face to face. Yup, having real conversations, eye contact and maybe staying for dinner was the only way to go!
Since the rationing of metal and steel was no longer necessary, even the cars became more impressive. Reflecting the dynamic dreams of a prospering decade, cars were almost mystical, built of solid metal with dripping chrome, many of which replicated the decade of the Space Race with futuristic designs made to mimic rocket ships!
Now I realize that everything was not “Ozzie and Harriet” over the top wholesomeness, of course there were serious issues even back in the 1950’s. But the world seemed so much less complicated compared to now!
In this generation I sense people are tiring of the shock and awe in today's movies. How much more can we see….and not unsee? We yearn for good family movies! It makes perfect sense then that most of the top grossing movies now in this day and age are, yes, you guessed it: Cartoons.
Now let’s take a closer look at those newest movies that debuted right here in 1952:
First up: Singin' in the Rain
Quite simply, the best musical film ever produced in my humble opinion.
Among the musical highlights: O'Connor's knockout "Make 'Em Laugh"; the big "Broadway Melody" production number; and, best of all, that charming little title ditty in which Kelly makes movie magic on a drenched set with nothing but a few puddles, a lamppost, and an umbrella."
Be sure to watch the video all the way through for the charming dance with a dummy!
The swashbuckling adventures of Cornel Wilde and Maureen O'Hara!
And who can resist the wholesome escapades of the Ozzie Nelson family?