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What's the first movie you ever remember seeing?

 
 
Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 10:39 pm
What's the first theatrical movie you can remember seeing as a kid?

I remember seeing Mary Poppins when it was first released. I don't remember much of the event, but I remember it being a very big event for me. Not just the movie, but the whole trip that we had to take to get there and see it. I think we took a train, and I had never been on a train before.

Mary Poppins was released in 1964 and I was born in 1961.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 10:49 pm
@rosborne979,
I think it might be The Wizard of Oz, at the drive-in.

I remember because it scared the living bejesus out of me. Especially the scense with the Wicked Witch of the West in them.

I would have been 4 or under.

My sister wasn't scared, so we stayed.


I think I spent most of the time with my head buried in my sister's lap.

Goood, I HATED it.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 10:50 pm
@rosborne979,
40 pounds of trouble with Tony Curtis. 1962. I was born in 1957.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5158WZYM87L._SL500_AA280_.jpg

There was a municipal election in my hometown at the time. When we came home, there was a flyer for a candidate for alderman in the mailbox. I thought it was mail from Tony Curtis.

http://www.amazon.com/40-Pounds-Trouble-Tony-Curtis/dp/6303231837

Quote:
With a superb cast, gorgeous scenery, and the distinction of being the first feature film ever to be shot in (and above) Disneyland, this irresistible romantic comedy is a treat for the whole family!



I remember some odd movie about angels that was shown at hamburger's employer's children's Christmas party every year, but the details are kind of sketchy.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 11:10 pm
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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mags314772
 
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Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 11:36 pm
Bambi....I was horrified that the mom got killed.
aidan
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 01:24 am
@mags314772,
I think it must have been Mary Poppins too - but I don't remember seeing it- but I must have seen it because I do remember how thrilled I was with my Mary Poppins doll that I got one Christmas (she came with her little flowered carpet bag and an umbrella)- and I knew who she was and everything- but I don't remember actually watching the movie until I was older.

The first movie I do remember actually seeing was 'See No Evil' with Mia Farrow. We never went to the movies except to drive-ins. There were six kids and I guess it just was too expensive otherwise. So I remember my parents had folded down the seats in the station wagon and made a big bed with blankets and pillows and I think my mom expected us all to fall asleep - but I watched that whole movie and it was SCARY. I asked my mom later, 'How could you take little kids to see such a scary movie,' and she said, 'I thought ya'll would all be asleep'.
I believe she did because I also remember her asking my dad to kiss her.
I think I started giggling then and she figured out someone was awake.

But I keep looking for that movie - I'd like to see it again. I think that started my lifelong love affair with scary movies and mysteries.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 04:40 am
@mags314772,
Bambi was my first too. I remembered it with great fondness. Completly forgot the dead mother, the dogs, and the fire.

It's possible that The Greatest Show on Earth preceded Bambi. Not 100 percent sure. In any event, I like to think it was Bambi.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 04:41 am
Treasure of the Sierra Madre, the Bogart-Tim Holt-Walter Houston flick. I must have been eight or nine years old. I had probably seen some kiddie flicks before but that's the first one I remember. Didn't understand a word of it.
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 05:15 am
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley in 1957. My dad took me.

I probably saw other movies before that, but this is the one that I remember the name of.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 06:46 am
"To Sir With Love". I was in the second grade so it must have been around 1968.

My family was pretty poor, trips to the movies were out of the question, but a friend from school invited me to go with her. I was so excited I was positively vibrating. I fell in love with movies that day.

The title song is still one of my very favorites.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 07:04 am
the first theatrical movie i can really remember was willy wonka, the 1971 version, it's weird the other first movie i can remember was a movie i saw on tv when young, the black and white version of alice in wonderland, with wc fields as humpty dumpty
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saab
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 07:06 am
Snow White and the seven dwarfs.
I had been out playing and gotten rather dirty - normal for kids - and had to wash hands and face before going. Guess I did not want to so my mom told me if I did not the Queen would ask me why I did not get cleaned up.
As soon as the queen was on the screan I got up waved my hands and yelled loudly - "See, my hands are clean"
She felt like falling thru the floor.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 07:10 am
@mags314772,
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Bambi....I was horrified that the mom got killed.


Me too. I cried my eyes out during that scene.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 07:23 am
It's interesting reading the side-notes that people remember about their first films. For many of us, there was a lot more to the memory than just the movie itself.
Setanta
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 07:46 am
The first movie i saw was Disney's Davey Crockett. Knowing what i do now, of course, i'd call it Davey Crock of . . . , but it was quite impressive to a small boy in the 1950s. When went to one of those big, air-conditioned theaters which had survived the arrival of motion pictures by converting from a slowly dying local theater to a luxury motion picture theater. It was all red plush and comfy chairs.
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Sglass
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 07:53 am
It had to be a western. Don't just remember which one
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 07:56 am
@rosborne979,
rosborne979 wrote:

It's interesting reading the side-notes that people remember about their first films. For many of us, there was a lot more to the memory than just the movie itself.


the thing i remember about both movies, was i was never sure if they were real or i'd made the whole thing up, especially the alice in wonderland, i remember it was a rainy day and we were visiting friends and all us kids were in a family room watching tv and i thought for along time i'd fallen asleep and dreamed the whole thing, interesting given the story being told
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 08:12 am
@djjd62,
I've had the same experience. Many of my earliest memories are mixtures of real events and imagination. The only way I know the difference is from other people who were there at the time.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 09:44 am
All I remember for sure of my Snow White experience, I was very frightened of the witch. Years later, as a young adult, I went to see it again. Scenes that I had found terrifying had the kids in the theater laughing out loud.
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Vietnamnurse
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 10:28 am
@mags314772,
Bambi, and I too was horrified and afraid of losing my own mother.
 

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