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A Date with Your Family (1950)

| Short, Drama
Educational short showing how you should never show any emotions at the dinner table.





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Ralph Hodges ...
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Narrator: When the dinner hour at home is treated with a certain amount of graciousness and ceremony it can be memorable. There is no family so poor but that the evening meal can be eaten in an atmosphere of warmth and gentleness. There is no family so bust that it can come together in the evening for a dinner date that will give its members something to look back upon with happiness all their days.
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...is a date with BOREDOM!
11 April 2002 | by (Irving, TX) – See all my reviews

This short 1950 instructional film talks about how to make the evening meal go well with your family. I'm sure it was much better when viewed when first released. These days, it's just plain boring. Some of the sequences where they talk about what not to do during the evening meal are a little unintentionally funny. Overall, however, this short is just plain boring and pretty bad.

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