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 movies. 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. I’ll bet my parents went to see the comedy. Soon enough, he might be experiencing his own “Destination Tokyo.”

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