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Arranging a Buffet Supper is a straightforward, step by step 1940's film on how a traditional American housewife can prepare a sumptuous meal for a large number of guests. As the film will tell the viewer, hosting a buffet supper for friends is not an easy feat, and a task that requires a great deal of organization. A dinner party begins with the invitation of guests, which can be made by telephone. Then the décor must be considered. A clean linen tablecloth is needed for the table and a small dish of fruit will make a good centerpiece. Some less common sense rules are also revealed. For instance, if candles are not to be the main lighting in the room, they should not be used as a centerpiece.
Oozing domesticity and traditional social conformity, every last detail is accounted for with the utmost consideration. The main entrée should be put in a pan and set on the table. The entrée should not require the use of a knife since the guest will not be seated at a table. All foods should be informal. Rolls should be buttered in the kitchen before being served, and kept warm under a napkin until guests can eat them. The entire meal should be on the table with the exception of the drinks, which should go on a separate table. The dinner etiquette is strictly defined. Not just a useful manual for hosting a traditional dinner party, Arranging a Buffet Supper is also an absorbing glimpse of 1940's social norms and family social values.
Dining Together, a film about teaching children dinner etiquette, is a powerful example of social conformity and what a traditional American family is supposed to resemble. Gender roles are clearly defined: mom cooks, dad carves. As this typical American family works on dinner table etiquette at Thanksgiving, the children are also indoctrinated into American family traditions as well as social influence and conformity. Family social values are laid down hard with a smile that exemplifies conformity for a Cold War American family.
In Good Table Manners, Chuck, an insecure teenager, has social anxiety surrounding parties and other gatherings, resulting in bad manners. What really trips Chuck up is a lack of understanding about conventional 1950s social behavior, especially dinner etiquette at a dinner party! Chuck gets a little help from a very interesting positive role model: himself at age 21! Guided by his older and wiser future self (who has a vested interest in teaching teens good manners), Chuck learns proper dinner etiquette and party etiquette. With renewed confidence and new social skills, Chuck enjoys the party without making a fool of himself. Good Table Manners is a splendid example of social concerns and expectations in 1950s culture. At the heart of the movie is an aversion to socially awkward children and a strong push for parents as role models.
Everyday Courtesy is a vintage instructional film depicts an antiquated version of simple American life. Young little Billy has made several drawing that are going to be displayed at his school. His mother trip to his school to view his drawings, which demonstrate different ways of being courteous, having good manners, and being thoughtful to others. Billy has drawn many pictures for the display, all showing scenes of everyday situations where courtesy and social etiquette is needed, such as when making out invitations, making telephone calls, entertaining guests, and making introductions. Being nice is important to Billy. When Billy’s teacher comes over to see them, Billy tries out his new skills by introducing his teacher and his mother, demonstrating remarkable good child behavior. In a classically old fashioned conclusion, Billy learns that being courteous and being nice to everyone will ensure that others will always like and want to be around him. What a beautiful and important life lesson!
How Do You Do is an uproariously dated, and an amateur production to boot, film about social etiquette and good manners. This is a film targeted at postwar children and teens who grew up in stressful homes because of the sacrifices of the war effort. It focuses on good manners and how clean living and good behavior pays huge dividends in self confidence. But the real fun comes from the dreadful acting by Peggy, the main character, who makes an embarrassing mistake while trying to make an introduction between two people. A voice-over narrator helpfully walks her through the proper way to introduce people, helping her in overcoming social anxiety. Mainly, however, the film focuses on the various social blunders that one could make in the 1940s and teaching teens good manners, sometimes through moral lessons. But the corny "important life lessons" make this old movie a giggly good time.
In Johnny Learns his Manners a sloppy, untidy young boy is shown the error of his ways by his Good Self, an angel who warns him that if he doesn't shape up, he'll be turned into a pig! Johnny, the animated star of the film, won’t clean up his room, argues, and is completely uncooperative with his parents and others. Dramatized through an artist’s drawing board, Johnny deals with conflicting ideals of good and bad manners by being turned into a pig until he learns a lesson and decides to change his unmannerly ways. In changing, Johnny will learn how to keep your room clean, and overcome bad manners etiquette. Johnny Learns his Manners is a nifty relic familial culture in the 1940's, as well as an accessible example of valuable and timeless important life lessons. Teaching teens good manners has never been easy.
The Prom It's a Pleasure is a well-produced color film that stars the 1961 Coca-Cola Junior Miss Pageant winner as the guide to a well-mannered prom night. From the phone call asking Junior Miss for the date, to the drop-off at the end of the night, this film details prom etiquette for the curious and uncouth teenager. It also explains that the boy should call his date’s mother before the dance to find out the color of her dress so he can match the corsage to it. Wholesome sixties movies often dealt with American morals, and this prom night film is a classic example. At the high school dance itself, the film shows how to dance, how to ask someone to dance, ways to ask someone to dance, how to fill out a dance card, and how to navigate the refreshments, which consisted mostly of Coca-Cola, not surprisingly. In addition to all the prom do's and don'ts etiquette tips, this film features great footage of a typical sixties prom.
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Justin Gimelstob hits the boardwalk at the US Open to see what people think is proper tennis etiquette for fans.
Etiquette expert Susan Fitter tells us how to behave at dinner!
Etiquette expert Susan Fitter tells us how to eat politely.