Sunday, March 31, 2013

31 March “Movie for an Easter Sunday”

fatherslildividend I hope all who celebrate are having a lovely Easter Sunday, and for those who don’t I hope they have a joyous day as well.
Today I thought our Sunday Movie should be the sequel to the 1950 comedy hit “Father of the Bride” .It is the 1951 comedy film, “Father’s Little Dividend”. Directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, and Elizabeth Taylor. This film is just fun to watch. For those of us to whom the 1950’s is a visual joy, you will like it for fashion and interiors and general attitudes. It is fun to see the interiors of the homes and how the young couple get their little suburban home to prepare for the little one on the way. It is overall just a happy fun film that makes me think of Easter and Spring for some reason. I suppose the joy of Spring, New Birth and general excitement I get from looking at vintage interiors just mingle well in this film to make it feel very Fresh and Hopeful. So, I hope you will enjoy it as well.
And as a fun little treat, I have included a short little silent 8mm short of an Easter Home movie. It is of guests arriving dressed for the holiday and the lovely table setting. It is a fun comparison to the film to see what was happening in the real world as well at the same time the film came out. They actually seem rather comparable.
First the little home movie, then our feature film. Happy Easter and Happy Homemaking.


  1. I think it is sweet that the mistress of that home greeted her guests on the porch and kissed them as they entered. You can see it in some of the shots. The other thing I like about this is that some of the women wear corsages. That is a lovely adornment that seems to have fallen out of favor except for prom. ( at least here in the upper midwest) I think I will get my mother a corsage for Mother's Day...and maybe myself,too.

  2. I thought that lovely too! I agree about corsages. I think I might research and experiment with some homemade corsages. We should do a post about making and sharing them in some way for Mother's day. My wheels are spinning.

  3. Oh, making a homemade corsage would be interesting. I'm always on the lookout for different brooches, but a corsage would be really unique!


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