Let’s Go to the Movies

Saturday Jan. 1, 1944

New Year’s Day and my grandparents’ store is closed. It’s a good time to go to the Miracle 1944movies. Or babysit me while my parents enjoy a night out. My father’s deployment is a month away and who knows where he’ll be sent? Ever since The Great Depression movies have provided an escape for hard-pressed Americans. You could forget your troubles for while as Fred Astaire whirled Ginger Rogers across a dance floor in any of their films or the Marx Brothers destroyed an ocean liner stateroom in “A Night at the Opera.” Movies of a different sort still provide a Home Front diversion during wartime. It’s less about belly laughs or swooning, more about challenges. Here are your choices: “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, The Song of Bernadette, and Destination Tokyo, i.e. a comedy, a religious drama, and a war movie. Jews wouldn’t be so interested in “The Song of Bernadette.” I’ll bet my parents went to see the comedy. Soon enough, my father might be experiencing his own “Destination Tokyo.”

 

 

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