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A Date with Your Family (1950)

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Educational short showing how you should never show any emotions at the dinner table.



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Uncredited cast:
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Ralph Hodges ...
Brother (uncredited)


Two teenage kids come home from school and look forward to dinner with the family - it's a date. Mom and sister do the cooking, set the table, and arrange a bouquet. Brother does homework then helps junior, the youngest, clean up. Dad gets home from work, joins the boys for pleasant conversation, then it's time to eat. The narrator emphasizes the importance of being relaxed and pleasant. The family illustrates a few dinner table "don't"s, then good manners and good sense reassert themselves. Table manners, pleasant and unemotional conversation (good for the digestion), graciousness, and ceremony mark the event. All families, no matter how poor or busy, should have these dinner dates. Written by <>

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Seven minutes' worth of color, silent outtakes exist for this short, which offers an interesting insight into how the short was made. (see video clips) See more »


Narrator: These boys greet their Dad as though they were genuinely glad to see him, as though they really missed him.
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Just terrible
13 December 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Another terrible short. I saw the so-called educational 'Mr. B Natural' and almost thought it was funny enough to recommend. This is one is just very bad. The narrator tells us how to behave when you have dinner with your family. The family shows us how it must be done and what can go wrong. Don't be emotional, don't talk all the time, wait until the mother starts eating. You understand this is not something I want to see again.

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