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A Date with Your Family (1950)

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


Edward G. Simmel


Arthur V. Jones


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Uncredited cast:
Hugh Beaumont ... Narrator (uncredited)
Ralph Hodges 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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Drama







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Los Angeles, California, USA

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This short film is parodied by Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Season 6, Episode 2. See more »


Narrator: With your own family, you can relax. Be yourself. Just be sure it's your best self.
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Featured in The Roth Show: The New York City Way (2014) See more »

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A hilarious short film.
21 August 2007 | by TOMNELSee all my reviews

This short is one of the many old shorts to give you proper table etiquette. All this is, is a 10 minute short where a narrator talks as a family eats dinner and shows the do's and don'ts of eating dinner. It was a bad short in the 1950's, and it's even worse now. I personally find it hilarious, but that doesn't save it from a 1 rating. It just seems like this short is pointless. I don't know of any family who wants to watch a short film on family dining to learn how to eat dinner. Plus the narration is really corny, and poorly written. You can find this short on MST3K, so watch it, it's so bad it's hilarious.

My rating: 1/2 out of ****. 10 mins.

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