Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Making a List of Movie Memories

Several days ago I started to make a list of movies actually seen on a big screen not on a television station, or with VCR or DVD and where the films were viewed. First I started with a simple list on a sheet of paper but that was not working. So I went to the Dollar Tree store and spent a buck on a college ruled note book.

Then I figured there must be some free spread sheets floating around and after discussing it with a neighbor he recommended a Google Spread Sheet (Google Sheets). So I started keying data in. It has been a while since I have used a spreadsheet but I am not unfamiliar with them having first used Visicalc 37 years ago. After that we moved on to Lotus which became a standard for PC user. Lotus was not cheap and you had to read the manual. Today I not sure if anybody reads book style manuals many just turn to search on YouTube for a DIY video (which is often wrong).

After inputting several movie titles I wanted to copy the form to paste on a blog but couldn't get it to copy. Then I read some more and found out I had to have another app to see the stored data. So along came "Drive" and the using Google for off line storage.

The first memory device I actually programmed had only 256 locations and you could load it with set of manual toggle switches or if you took your code sheets to a off-site data center you get a punched paper tape made. Lots of progress exists in that gap of 53 years when I started coding a Stored Program Simulator.

The following list sometimes has the actually movie house and sometimes my current internal memory (built 75 years ago using protein circuits) only remembers the general location where I lived at that time I saw the movie.

The year shown for the movie is from a database that shows when the movie was released.

1945The Picture of Dorian GreyVermont
1946Duel in the SunSanta Monica
1947The Secert Life of Walter MiddyPacific Palisades
1947Golden EarringsSanta Monica
1947Captain from CastileSanta Monica
1948The Boy with the Green HairSanta Monica
1948Robin Hood (1938)Santa Monica
1948One Million B.C. (1940)Santa Monica
1949She Wore A Yellow RibbonCriterion
1949PinkySanta Monica
1949Mighty Joe YoungSanta Monica
1949It Happens Every SpringSanta Monica
1950Treasure IslandSan Berdu
1950CinderellaSanta Monica
1950Destination MoonSanta Monica
1951The Thing from another WorldCriterion
1951Worlds CollideSanta Monica
1952High Noon Wilshire
1952Sailor BewareCriterion
1952The Pride of St. LouisSanta Monica
1952The Snows of KilimamjaroSanta Monica
1952Come Back, Little ShebaSanta Monica
1952ScaramoucheEl Miro
1953Julius CaesarWilshire
1953War of the WorldsBundy
1953Calamity JaneMajestic Theater
1953The RobeHollywood
1953Stalag 17Santa Monica
1953Peter PanSanta Monica
1954River of No ReturnDome Ocean Park
1954Young at HeartSanta Monica
1954On the WaterfrontSanta Monica
1954Elephant WalkSanta Monica
1955Rebel Without a CausePicwood
1955Mr. RobertsStudio Drive In
1955Blackboard JungleEl Miro
1955Oklahoma!Santa Monica
1955The Man with the Golden ArmSanta Monica
1955The Tender TrapSanta Monica
1955The Rose TattoSanta Monica
1955Lady and the TrampSanta Monica
1956GiantEl Miro
1956The Girl Can't Help ItCriterion
1956Love Me TenderCriterion
1956AnastasiaSanta Monica
1956The Ten CommandentsHollywood
1956Around the World in 80 DaysSanta Monica
1956The Rain MakerSanta Monica
1956Run Silent, Run DeepSanta Monica
1957A Face in the CrowdWestwood Bruin
1957Kiss Them For MeHollywood
1957The Bridge on the River KwaiStudio Drive In
1957April LoveCriterion
1957Jail House RockDrive-in
1957Loving YouCriterion
1957Tammy and the BachelorAnaheim
1957Pal JoeySanta Monica
1957The Pride and the PassionSanta Monica
1957Gun Fight at the O.K. CorralSanta Monica
1957The Pajama GameSanta Monica
1957The Three Faces of EveSanta Monica
1958The BlobOlympic Drive In
1958Imination GeneralSanta Monica
1958VertigoSanta Monica
1958The Defiant OnesSanta Monica
1958The Oldman and the SeaSanta Monica
1958The Big CountrySanta Monica
1958The Young LionsSanta Monica
1958Cat on a Tin RoofSanta Monica
1958God's Little AcreSanta Monica
1959On the BeachSanta Monica
1959GidgetSanta Monica
1959North by NorthwestPicwood
1959A Hole in the HeadSanta Monica
1959SleepingBeautySanta Monica
1960The AlamoMajestic Theater
1960The World of Suzie WongHollywood
1960The Rat RaceSanta Monica
1960ExodusSanta Monica
1960The ApartmentSanta Monica
1960Elmer GantrySanta Monica
1961The Absent Minded ProfessorAnaheim
1961The Guns of NavaroneAnaheim
1962Experiment in TerrorAnaheim
1962Mondo CaneAnaheim
1962Birdman of AlcatrazAnbaheim
1963The Great EscapeAnaheim
1963The BirdsAnaheim
1963Lilies of the FieldAnaheim
1963Irma La DouceAnaheim
1964Mary PoppinsHuntington Beach
1964Dr. StrangeloveAnaheim
1964My Fair LadyAnaheim
1965What's New PussycatHuntington Beach
1965Dr. ZhivagoHollywood
1965Battle of the BulgeCinerama Hollywood
1965A Patch of BlueAnaheim
1966Sand PebblesNewport
1966Born FreeHuntington Beach
1966Who's Afraid of Virginia WoolfHuntington Beach
1966HawaiiHuntington Beach
1967I am Curious YellowHollywood
1967The GraduateSan Jose
1967Cool Hand LukeOrange County
19682001: A Space OdysseyVancouver BC
1968The Thomas Crown AffairHuntington Beach
1968Please Don't Eat the DaisiesHuntington Beach
1969Bob, Ted, Carol and AliceNew Jersey
1969Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidAirline Flight
1969Easy RiderAnaheim
1969Midnight CowboyIowa City
1970JoeNew York
1970MashHuntington Beach
1971On Any SundayCoata Mesa
1972Last Tango in ParisAnaheim
1972The God FatherEl Toro
1973The StingEl Toro
1977Star warsFashion Island
1978Rocky Horro Picture ShowSunset Blvd
1978SupermanSouth Coast Plaza
1979The China SyndromeMission Viejo
1979Apocalyse NowEl Toro
1981On Any Sunday llHollywood
1981Napoleon 1927Shrine
1981On Golden PondEl Toro
1986Children of a Lesser GodEl Toro
1986The Clan of the Cave BearEl Toro
1988Camille ClaudelCorona del Mar
1989Field of DreamsEl Toro
1990Dick TracyEl Toro
1991HamletSouth Coast Plaza
1991Harley Davidson and the Marlboro ManEl Toro
1995Water WorldEl Toro
1995Toy StoryIrvine
1995Cutthroat IslandIrvine
1998Pokemon: The First MovieLake Forest
2000GladiatorLake Forest
2003Master and CommanderIrvine

As you can see from the dates I have not been inside a movie house in quite awhile.

Remembered this one from 1949 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Currently reading Isaac Asimov and he was covering solar eclipses.

(another update) This is from 1975 Shampoo. I had a Triumph just like the one he rides around Hollywood with his hair dryer.

(more memories) I was reading about Disney and the strike at his studio. At that time (1941) Dumbo was in production. I didn't see it until I was probably 5 or 6.

Was watching Cary Grant on YouTube and remembered this one. I was a male war bride (1949). Saw that at the Wilshire in Santa Monica.

Grew up watching Ma and Pa Kettle. Here is the first film the Kettles were in The Egg and I (1947)

Saw Joan of Arc in (1948) at the time is was a puzzle to me

Ma and Pa Kettle back on the farm (1949) I will only list this one but I watched a lot of them.

Frances (1950) The talking mule

Jim Thorpe (1951)

Viva Zapata! (1952)

Will Rogers Story (1952) I was reading a book about Beryl Markham and her living in California. This started me thinking about if she ever played polo here in California. I used to watch the polo players at the Rogers ranch off Sunset Blvd.

There must have been several films that were about Rome and young American girls visiting there. I remember the song more than the movie.

  Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

Francis Joins the WACs (1954) I thought it was Francis joins the Army

Them (1954)

No Time For Sergrants (1958)  Saw that in Texas when I was staioned at Lackland AFB

(1962) Days of Wines and Roses (music) I probably started liking Henry Mancini before I ever knew his name. More film info here.

(1955) Bob Hope in The Seven Little Foys. Billy Gray was in the movie but I didn't meet him until later when I worked at the bicycle shop Cycle and Sport in Santa Monica and he used to come in. Billy raced speedway motorcycles later and met him again at the races at City of Industry track where I was also racing. There was another cast member in the movie that was in my grade school but I can match the names listed with IMDB to my memory.

The interesting thing about this memory exercise is these old movie titles keep popping up in my vacant head.

(1942) Bambi Saw this one pretty early in my life probably under age 5. Didn't understand it.

(1942) Reap the Wild Wind not sure want year I saw this but still remember the giant octopus

(1946) Black Beauty

(1948) Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid

(1948) The Paleface

(1955) Marty really didn't understand it

(1958) I Want To Live seen in Santa Monica

(1961) The Misfits

(1964) Goldfinger at Orange Drive-In

(1966) Stop the World I want to Get Off  seen in Costa Mesa

(1970) Five Easy Pieces

(1973) The Last Detail

(1973) Cinderella Liberty

(1975) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

(1977) Close Encounters of the Third Kind

(1979) The Black Stallion

(1979) The Electric Horseman

(1982) Cannery Row

(1985) Cocoon

(1994) The Little Rascals

(1995) Pocahontas saw it in Costa Mesa

(1997) Flubber

(2002) Ultimate X: The Movie Saw it at Irvine Spectrum

(2005) War of the worlds remake "thought it stunk)

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