Depression Era Precociousness

July 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm 7 comments

This week DD and I picked up DVDs from the library for evening viewing. Yay, cheap entertainment! DD picked out Kit Kittredge (the movie based on the American Girl doll) and the 1982 classic, Annie with Carol Burnett and Albert Finney.

Notice a theme here?

By sheer coincidence we’re have a movie marathon of depression cuties (THAT depression, not THIS depression), beginning with the cute and precocious Abigail Breslin as Kit, followed by the cute and precocious Aileen Quinn as Annie.

I will be singing “The sun’ll come out…tomorrow…” all day tomorrow.

Strangely, I am now in the mood for more depression-era entertainment (an oxymoron?) but with not so much cuteness all up in it.  I need some suggestions. Leave me a comment and tell me what I should watch next.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mom  |  July 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    There is always “Grapes of Wrath”! That will get you out of the cuteness genre! ;-)

  • 2. Donna aka OldTownTreadles on Ravelry  |  July 9, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Depression era flicks… I always like the Joan Blondell musicals of the time, especially the one that has Blondell with Ruby Keeler and many other stock actors in it. She sings a song at the end that’ll make you cry, called “My Forgotten Man”.

    Or any of the Maisie series with Ann Southern are good. Or how about that Depression Era standard that blows today’s special effects out of the water, King Kong. Faye Wrey plays a wonderful starving actress wannabe in it.

    A fun but obscure movie is Down to My Last Yacht. It has a funny bit about the new rich, a few songs and dance numbers too.

    How about going way back to another time of financial deprivation and watching one of the movies about the French Revolution?

  • 3. homespunlife  |  July 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Oh yeah! French revolution! You’ve just put me in a whole new film mood, Donna. Especially considering it’s Bastille Day.

  • 4. tospinayarn  |  July 16, 2010 at 9:22 am

    The 1982 Annie might be one of my favorite musicals of all time. I just love the way they sing and dance their way around the city and think it’s much better than the newer version with Victor Garber (even though I love him).

    • 5. homespunlife  |  July 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

      My favorite scene is when Daddy Warbucks is recording the radio spot, reading both his lines and the announcer’s (Peter Marshall’s) lines.

      What’s really funny is that DD claims not to like either musicals or historical films. Why she picked Annie, I’ll never know. Maybe it was for the dog. :-)

  • 6. Paulette Bruggeman  |  July 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Might not be Depression, but close to it….Love all the Shirley Temple movies. Lots of singin and dancin and little girls usually love that stuff.

    • 7. homespunlife  |  July 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

      Can you believe that after all the hours my DH and I have spent watching the Turner Classic Movie network, I’ve still never seen a Shirley Temple movie? This must be remedied.

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