Life and movies have changed

A while back I emailed some sayings of mine. One of them said:

“We may grow older but the child in us is always there if only we look. A child’s simple belief of right and wrong, that the bad guys in black hats go to jail and the good guy in white hats get patted on the back by the town folks, and then the cowboy and cowgirl go riding off into the sunset and live happily ever after.”

I guess that came, in part, from my early days of going to the movies. Like you, I had my favorites. I always looked forward to any new release of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. I enjoy them so much I have a DVD collection of every movie they ever made. Whenever I hear people complain about how silly and dumb comedians like Will Ferrell, Joe Black, etc. are, I simply remind myself of what I enjoyed when I was young. Of course they were able to make me laugh without the need to resort to sexual innuendos and without profanity.

Two more of my favorites, and hence my quote, were Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. If you don’t know who Gene and Roy were then you are a mere child. They say we are a product of our times, and clearly part of whom I am comes from those childhood movies. Life, even on the screen, was much simpler then. There was something exhilarating watching Roy or Gene on their horses, galloping over that dry southwest in pursuit of the bad guys. Trusty six shooters blazing, they followed those rustlers or bank or stagecoach robbers through canyons, over mountains, down a gulch or two trying to head them off at the pass.   It may have taken an hour or so of movie time but ultimately they met up with the bad guys – and as that genre would have it, a fist fight between the leader of the bad guys and Roy or Gene would ensue. It was always close but I never had a doubt but that my heroes would win – and they always did. The typical ending of those movies was a song Gene or Roy would sing to their leading lady, always Dale in Roy’s case, and there was no doubt in my mind but that they lived happily ever after.


Thus, my saying. That was a time with a greater sense of civility, a greater awareness of manners. Right and wrong were portrayed in clear terms. The bad guy never won and the good guy always got to live happily ever after. We never had any inkling of their sex lives; profanity was unheard of. Today, we may benefit from all the technological and scientific breakthroughs but sometimes at a cost. My only regret is that children of today will never get to see those movies – seeing them would serve them well.

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