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This film chronicles the drive-in's birth and development, its phenomenal popularity with audiences of all ages, its tragic decline, and its inevitable comeback as a classic form of Americana. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Leonard Maltin ... Himself
John Bloom ... Himself (as Joe Bob Briggs)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Samuel Z. Arkoff ... Himself
Jon Bokenkamp ... Himself

Ewing Miles Brown ... Himself (as Ewing 'Lucky' Brown)

Jeanne Carmen ... Herself

Barry Corbin ... Himself

Robert Fuller ... Himself

Beverly Garland ... Herself
Burton Gilliam ... Himself
Michael Granberry ... Himself

George Harrison ... Himself (archive footage)

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)

Ann Robinson ... Herself
Don Sanders ... Himself
Susan Sanders ... Herself
Samuel M. Sherman ... Himself (as Sam Sherman)
Steve Stevens ... Himself
Sebastian Twardosz ... Himself

Chill Wills ... Himself (archive footage)

Celeste Yarnall ... Herself

Directed by
Kurt Kuenne 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kurt Kuenne 

Produced by
Jon Bokenkamp .... associate producer
Don Sanders .... producer
Susan Sanders .... producer
Original Music by
Kurt Kuenne 
Cinematography by
Kurt Kuenne 
Film Editing by
Kurt Kuenne 
Sound Department
Kurt Kuenne .... sound
Music Department
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer

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57 min
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The passion pit..., 12 January 2015
Author: poe426 from USA

DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES by Don and Susan Sanders (the book AND the documentary) harks back to fonder days. I grew up haunting the local drive-in (before it succumbed to Home Video and became a weekend flea market), and it's impossible to sit through a documentary like DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES (or the even sadder DRIVE-IN BLUES) without breaking down and bawling like a baby. I went for the AMBIANCE: to sit and watch the summer sun set while 50s Rock and Roll wafted from the speakers (IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT by The Five Satins was a favorite) and kids played on the monkey bars or the merry-go-round up near the screen (where the parents could keep an eye on them). There would be trains that passed through at some point (some nights, more than once) and one would often see kids seated on the embankment between the surrounding fence and the railroad tracks, watching the movies for free (and no one bothered to run them off: they were quiet and respectful, like devotees paying homage to some ancient Vision). My favorites, of course, were the ALL-NIGHT HORRORTHONs!, which began at Dusk and ended at Dawn. It was, to coin a phrase, a FILMFAX world, where oldies like the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD played alongside (then) current Fright Films of varying quality. Watch movies like American HOT WAX or American GRAFFITI and you'll understand the kind of Longing documentaries like this one engender. I have an old black and white photo taped to my desk (a postcard, actually), and it's a photo we see in DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES: There's a single automobile waiting outside for the very first drive-in in this country to open. I look at that old photo and it takes me Back- not THAT far, for sure, but back to a Time when there still WERE drive-ins and on quiet Summer Nights as the sun set you could hear The Five Satins crooning IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT.

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