Sunday, November 15, 2009


We just caught a few minutes of an old movie AH! Wilderness. We only watched for a few minutes because we were so horrified and yet amused at the same time.

It was Fourth of July in the film and the kids in the town set off their fireworks first thing in the morning. First there were those little ones on a string that when you lit one they all went off.

Then they graduated to firecrackers that looked the size of dynamite sticks. Then these two little girls all dressed up in their cute little dresses shot off some of those big sticks and hid behind a tree. The entire neighborhood was going gangbusters when along comes a kid(looked to be about 10 years old) firing a giant pistol!!!!!!!!!!!!! He wasn't shooting anyone just up in the air and was he ever happy!

The whole area was filled with white smoke and the noise finally even awoke the parents of one kid(the rest of them must have had earplugs or were dead). Did they run to stop them? Why, no, the mother thought she would yell at her son(the estimable Mickey Rooney) and told the father to go back to sleep! Oh, sure!

Well, when the smoke cleared, everybody was FINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nobody got hurt or maimed or killed or even in trouble. Now you know if that happened in a movie nowadays, someone would have blown off a hand or been killed. But not back in the day. It was just another day in the neighborhood!

Times sure have changed, haven't they??

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