Sunday, March 11, 2012

Monday, March 11th, 1974

Obviously I didn't get to the show yesterday. Why? Because it was replaced for the matinees shows by a Mother Goose flick which I once saw with Debbie!

Dad's car theft was settled today finally today. He got $400.00 from the insurance company.

I watched several specials on TV tonight including part one of a six part BBC drama on Jack the Ripper.

School lets out at 2:30 tomorrow.

Oh, and I mailed the pen-pal letter I wrote yesterday

NOTES: $400.00. How times change. That wouldn't get a car radio nowadays. The 1965 Ford Falcon cost $3500.00 new. We bought ours around 1971 so it had probably depreciated to $1000.00 or less. So here, in '74, $400.00 makes more sense than it initially looks. 

I had a minor fascination with Jack the Ripper for a while. This may be where it started. Not sure.

THE MAGIC LAND OF MOTHER GOOSE was almost sorta kinda the film I took my girlfriend to see on our second date. debbie had been my sort of girlfriend since 3rd grade and, in 6th grade, we went to see CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. I counted that as our first date as we had no adult chaperones. A month or so later, though, when I proposed a second movie date, her parents insisted we take along her younger sister and brother and that, as such, we should see the kiddie matinee that was playing that weekend. 

That film was THE MAGIC LAND OF MOTHER GOOSE, a less than no budget movie quite literally shot on a high school stage but directed, I would discover years later, by none other than sixties gore movie king, Herschell Gordon Lewis, the man who had previously brought the world BLOOD FEAST, THE WIZARD OF GORE, 2000 MANIACS and THE GORE-GORE GIRLS! Believe it or not, every one of those exploitation films was better-made than this kiddie matinee staple and yet here it was five years later still playing the circuit! 


Analogmoon said...

I remember going to the public library and asking the woman behind the desk for books on Jack The Ripper. She just shook her head at me.

Tom said...

I had short-lived interest in Jack the Ripper after seeing the movie Time After Time starring Malcolm McDowell as H.G. Wells and David Warner as Jack. I believe that's also the movie that started my life-long interest in time travel.