Apr 272016


Mom - hse.The other day I was looking through my mother’s things and I found 2 boxes of slides I had forgotten all about, so I went and had them developed.  So for the next couple of weeks I’m going to share with you my pics that I have never seen due to lack of a projector.  This pic is my Gramma Chamberlin’s house in Chicago with my mom going up the stairs and my Grandpa Seminara’s car he must have borrowed.  I’m guessing the late 1940’s or early 50’s.

Hi Everybody!  Here’s the A to Z Challenge of 2016, and my theme is old movies!   Our next letter is….

 “W” There were so many I wanted to choose like:

1939 – “There’s no place like home…” Entirely remastered, the colorful characters and unforgettable songs of Oz come alive as never before. This magical cinematic event finds Kansas farm girl Judy Garland (“A Star is Born,” “Meet Me in St. Louis”) caught in a tornado and magically transported to the Land of Oz. Needing help to return home, she is told to follow the Yellow Brick Road and find the powerful Wizard (Frank Morgan). On her perilous journey, she is befriended by the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Tin Man (Jack Haley), and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who help her battle the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) and her flying monkeys. Based on the classic book by Frank L. Baum, “The Wizard of Oz” is a dazzling motion picture achievement, featuring unforgettable songs (including Oscar-winner “Over the Rainbow”), scenery, and costumes. The film had 5 Academy Award nominations, and Garland was awarded a special Oscar for her outstanding performance. MPAA Rating: G THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.

“White Christmas”  1954 – “White Christmas” is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.
Accounts vary as to when and where Berlin wrote the song. One story is that he wrote it in 1940, in warm La Quinta, California, while staying at the La Quinta Hotel, a frequent Hollywood retreat also favored by writer-producer Frank Capra, although the Arizona Biltmore also claims the song was written there.He often stayed up all night writing — he told his secretary, “Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I’ve ever written — heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody’s ever written!” (come on now you know I had to have some Christmas movies somewhere)!  Tee hee!

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” 1971 Charlie Bucket, whose family is poor, can only stare through the window as the shop owner sings “Candy Man”. The newsagent for whom Charlie works after school gives him his weekly pay, which Charlie uses to buy a loaf of bread. Charlie bought the candy and receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there’s an adventure in everything. Gene Wilder

Let’s not forget “Wold Man” with Lon Chaney, Jr. After teasing his friends for believing in werewolves, Larry (Lon Chaney Jr.) is promptly bitten by a rabid wolf and faints. Horror superstars share the screen when Larry wakes to find a gypsy (Bela Lugosi) who moonlights as a werewolf. Cursed by the werewolf’s bite, Larry suffers torturous full-moon transformations and tries to escape the townsfolk who hunt him. Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers and Ralph Bellamy also grace this classic B movie.


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  6 Responses to “Happy Spring! WW and the letter “W”!”


    White Christmas is great.


    My grandmother has at least 20 boxes of slides of old pictures that I will probably never see again. I don’t know how many slides are in each box.

    Great W movies. The Wolf Man, I want to watch that one again. You forgot one similar to it when you did “I” – I Was a Teenage Werewolf.


    I love the old photograph Maria! Those are items I feel can never be replaced even with today’s technology.


    Nice photo Marie I used to love going through my parents boxes of photo’s everybosy always used to look much older than they were in those days very fascinating 🙂

    Have a williewonkatastic week 🙂


    I love the old photograph. Love old classic and antique cars!
    And great movie choices Marie! I so love The Wizard of Oz. I remember going to the movie theater to see Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory back in ’71. I was 9 then. That was a great experience and a happy memory. Thanks for the memories!

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    White Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas movies. I’ve acted in a production of The Wizard of Oz. While I like Willy Wonka, I didn’t care for the second one, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I’ve never seen The Wolf Man. ~Meg Writer‘s Crossings

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