My 1930s Education at the Movies
The Golden Age of Hollywood Taught Me About War, Crime, Natural Disasters—and What Was Funny About America
I’d long wanted to see the two movies on the double bill at our neighborhood movie house, the Princess at 61st and Main streets in Los Angeles, that week in 1939. Brother Raul and friend Ernie wanted to see the films too, even though they had been made eight years earlier. Mother was not enthusiastic. “Those are very scary movies,” she warned. We were not dissuaded and found ourselves sitting in the darkened theater on Sunday afternoon as the curtains parted.
The first half of the double bill was Dracula; the …