Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Movies “In Colour” by Elizabeth Slaughter

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This is Elizabeth Slaughter’s third post from the archives and I remember watching black and white movies at the cinema as a child and then on our television that was not colour until well into the 1960s.. Elizabeth shares her love of the big screen.


When I was a child, many movies were still in black and white, not to be cutting edge, but because that had been the only format available. I first saw “The Wizard of Oz” when I was seven years old. Of course I saw it in a movie theater because that was the only way I could ever see any movie. I was dumbstruck when the house landed in Oz and Dorothy stepped out into a world of color. The change still gets me every time no matter how often I can now watch the film at home on my little television screen.

My little brother was four and he ran screaming out of the theater followed by my mother when the flying monkeys rained out of the sky. My mother hadn’t seen the movie since it first came out, and I don’t think she remembered how scary those monkeys were. She had been seventeen and probably remembered it as a children’s movie. I was frightened to death by the witch riding by on her bicycle, and my grandchildren occasionally program my phone to play the haunting tune that plays in the background as the witch speeds by. They can’t believe that I was ever scared by the scene. However, they hadn’t seen it on a giant screen in the darkened theater.

I still crave seeing movies on the big screen. No matter how available movies now are at home, I fail to be immersed in the story as I always was in the movie theater. Some such dramatic moments stick with me still. On a date in Boston, we ended up in the front row to see the James Bond movie “Goldfinger.” I had never seen anything as startling as that opening image of a giant gold body. Violent movies certainly hit me harder. And monster movies, no matter how silly they look on television, genuinely terrified me and my friends well into high school. And lets not even think about love scenes, no matter how G rated they all were, filling a huge screen. There was no way Paul Newman had his eyes on anyone but me!

©Elizabeth Slaughter 2018


About Elizabeth Slaughter

I am retired from the Pacific Northwest College of Art(originally the Museum Art School) in Portland, Oregon where I was a professor of English and taught for 25 years. I had the privilege and challenge of teaching painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, illustrators, ceramicists, and graphic design students to express themselves in words. We also engaged in lively discussions about poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama. It was a unique opportunity for me to flourish in an nontraditional (for English professors) academic setting where how I taught was privileged over what research I published.

My family moved to the East coast fifteen years ago when much of the world seemed to be descending on Portland. In doing so, I mirrored a journey my parents had taken to relocate from Brooklyn to Oregon in 1948 when I was one year old. Here I continued teaching at the local community college before deciding to retire all together.

About Elizabeth’s Blog:

This is the beginning of a larger project to share various kinds of writing I enjoy. I am starting with this blog, but intend to incorporate that into a web site which will include poetry, longer reflective essays, short memoir pieces and family history accounts.

I hope you will head over to Elizabeth’s blog and enjoy browsing through her archives as they are rich with history.. thanks Sally.

18 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Movies “In Colour” by Elizabeth Slaughter

  1. The Wizard of Oz is still an amazing movie after 80 years! I never saw it on the big screen but it was on TV every year when I was growing up and we always gathered around to watch it. Margaret Hamilton was so perfectly scary as the Wicked Witch!

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  2. Elizabeth and I are on the same page where most things are considered. Despite an ocean apart, the youthful experiences are often similar.
    But I still crave films in black and white, especially ‘The Third Man’. As much as I watched ‘Technicolour’, Eastman Colour’, and ‘Panovison’ back then, nothing seemed to match the feel of a black and white film.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • I agree with you on most of the black and white films.. my mother introduced me to the cinema in 1958..The Key with Sophia Loren, William Holden and Trevor Howard, and would take me regularly so that she would not have to go alone.. so I saw quite a few black and white films and television was black and white and it was quite a shock when I saw my first film with colour… it looked off…

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  3. I am also a huge Wizard of Oz (the original with Judy Garland) fan, Elizabeth. I have also read the book a number of times. It is more frightening on a big screen but our kids are also more used to violence and frightening scenes than we were.


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  5. I loved this post. You described it so well, Elizabeth. I felt exactly the same way seeing the movie on the big screen when I was a child. My little sister was traumatized by the flying monkeys. Thank you for posting, Sally.

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