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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Movie night at the great white barn which is right across the road from our house...

If you are wondering what this black mass on your screen is... We are watching farmer Alfalfa on the side of a giant hay shed.

We watched several block-busters tonight, Winter on the Farm, Woodie Woodpecker, "The Piano Tuner," Mr. Mago, "Three-ring Magoo," we saw the UniRoyal thrill drivers drive on two wheels and A farm implement by International Harvestor Co. The IH one was pretty cool with the early 1970's farm equipment. Mr. Magoo was pretty dumb, Farmer Alfalfa and Woody Woodpecker are very worthwhile.
A good time was had by all! And the kids helped me set up and carry out the movies and hook up the speaker and clean the chairs, so that worked very nicely!

7 comments:

  1. I'd like to see the one where the barnyard animals were preparing for the war effort, nailing boards onto apple crates for wings and sending leather helmeted chickens up to practice bombing the enemy with ripe eggs. Might have been Farmer Alfalfa, might have been something completely else. Been a long time since we laughed at that. Been a long time since any audience had much connection to the barnyard.

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  2. I need more Woody Woodpecker and more farmer Alfalfa. They are usually pretty funny and not so expensive!
    Wish I knew someone who would provide background music for silent movies. Hmm, will have to think about that one...

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  3. Sounds like the old outdoor drive in movie theatres from the 50s and 60s. I know some guys on the red power forum that would be interested in the IH equipment movie.

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  4. Ralph, The IH film is pretty amazing. You never see IH silage choppers or mowers in operation. Problem is the sprocket holes at the beginning of the film are shot. Shows people trying to do things with no fingers cause they got their hand caught in the baler. I don't have any way of transferring it to digital. I will have to find a white wall or screen other than the side of a barn!

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  5. How much is admission? Do you make more money there or on concessions? :-)

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  6. Sounds like a good time. Way to go!

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  7. Orin, I guess I should charge as buying 16mm films on ebay can add up. I may put a coffee can free will offering or something. The problem with this is that movie night depends on how late I'm working and how hard the kids beg me. So you get a text three hours before dark telling you it is movie night. We may designate the first and third Saturday evenings of the month as movie night or perhaps we will have the "farmer Alfalfa film festival" if I can find more farmer Alfalfa films. No concessions as our microwave tends to blow fuses making popcorn. I did get a whiff of some high octane refreshments from some of the younger neighbors...
    I could add you to the list but it is kind of a long drive for two hours of strange old cartoons!
    Gorges, the kids think it is a hoot! Folks driving by seem kind of stunned. We project across the road!

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