Welcome to a new category here on THEI. Every Saturday we will be presenting a tribute to the number 1 entertainment media in America “back in the day” – The Drive-In Theater. In the late 1940’s and throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s the growing popularity of the family car led to a new American pastime, watching movies from your car. So, on every Saturday, especially in the summer, we would grab a dollar out of the cookie jar (a buck a carload) and head out to the outskirts of almost any American town or city and enjoy the movies.
Unfortunately with the popularity of Television beginning in the 1960’s and the greater profits from the land that the drive-ins were built on being so good from the tract homes being built for the growing number of young baby boomers families it became unprofitable to own a Drive-In Theater. The Drive-In Theater was history and the sprawling suburbs swallowed them up.
With the passing of the Drive-In Movie we also lost the venue for the mostly Grade-B movies that was their staple. (be they good, bad or indifferent)
THEI is proud to bring some of those lost and forgotten films and Selected Short subjects back in this series of postings. I hope you enjoy this ongoing tribute. . . Your Editor Dennis Crenshaw
MORE ENTERTAINING IF WATCHED IN FULL SCREEN MODE
Frank Sinatra in SUDDENLY (1954) Rare WIDESCREEN version FULL MOVIE
1 Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley 2 Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley 3 Lisbon Antigua – Nelson Riddle 4 My Prayer – The Platters 5 The Wayward Wind – Gogi Grant 6 The Poor People of Paris – Les Baxter 7 Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) – Doris Day 8 Hound Dog – Elvis Presley 9 Memories Are Made of This – Dean Martin 10 (The) Rock and Roll Waltz – Kay Starr 11 Moonglow & Theme from Picnic – Morris Stoloff 12 The Great Pretender – The Platters 13 I Almost Lost My Mind – Pat Boone 14 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You – Elvis Presley 15 Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley 16 Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) – Perry Como 17 Canadian Sunset – Eddie Heywood & Hugo Winterhalter 18 Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins 19 Green Door – Jim Lowe 20 No, Not Much – The Four Lads 21 Honky Tonk – Bill Doggett 22 Sixteen Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford 23 Just Walkin’ in the Rain – Johnnie Ray 24 Allegheny Moon – Patti Page 25 I’m in Love Again – Fats Domino 26 Tonight You Belong to Me – Patience and Prudence 27 Be-Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincent 28 Why Do Fools Fall in Love – Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers 29 Standing on the Corner – The Four Lads 30 The Flying Saucer – Buchanan & Goodman
And Now . . . Our Second Feature
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (1955) John Ireland – Dorothy Malone
The Fast and the Furious stars John Ireland and Dorothy Malone. It was release by American Releasing Corp which later became American International Pictures and was produced by Roger Corman and co-directed by the film’s leading man, John Ireland. The story was written by Roger Corman and the screenplay by Jean Howell and Jerome Odlum. A convict escapes from prison and goes on the run. Cornered by the police he takes a girl hostage and escapes in her sports car. She proves herself a difficult hostage as they weave back a forth away from the impending police capture. This original film was remade in the 1990s as The Chase and was the inspiration for the series of films in the 2000s