Moviehouse Productions usual subject matter is “gritty “stories of growing up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This time, we throw our viewers a “change-up”, as we tell a story of coming of age in a rural area.
Our setting is Reinholds, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Our storyteller is Jim Nolt, who spent his formative years in this beautiful farming community, mid 1940’s through the late 1960’s. Jim speaks of the hard work and joys of farm life, but also his attraction to the big city 65 miles southeast; the City of Brotherly Love.
Jim Nolt is a long time friend Moviehouse Productions’ Rick Spector. Jim and Rick share an interest in the Golden Age of Television, especially the “Adventures of Superman” program and its star George Reeves.
A bonus track follows Jim’s story. Jim tells us about his “The Adventures Continue”, his special effort to preserve memories of the 1950’s Superman show and George Reeves. Read more about “The Adventures Continue” at http://www.jimnolt.com
Rediscovered in the MOVIEHOUSE PRODUCTIONS archives is Joel Meyerowitz’s Feltonville Story, recorded on January 19, 2003. Feltonville is a neighborhood in upper North Philadelphia, centered around Front Street and the Roosevelt Boulevard. Joel lived in Feltonville between 1945 through part of the 1970’s at 358 E. Wyoming Avenue. This audio transcription is Joel’s vivid retelling of many facets of everyday life in Feltonville and his other Philadelphia adventures. This story of a great Philadelphia neighborhood will fortunately now never be lost to history.
A pop culture history of Philly’s Last 100 Years. Featuring highlights from the worlds of entertainment, sports, business, leisure, foods and dining, architecture, holidays , weather events and more. Music score: Sammy Timberg’s Jazz Rhapsody.
With all the high praise about old Horn and Hardart’s lately, Moviehouse Productions draws well deserved attention to Linton’s Restaurants, H and H’s chief competitor. Founder Isaiah Linton was a strict temperance man who enticed workmen out of saloons with inexpensive lunches finished off with Linton’s famous coffee. At its peak, twenty three Linton’s served 55,000 meals per day. Linton’s was famous for its button board system which shuttled waitress orders to and from the kitchen via conveyor belt.
Moviehouse Productions Rick Spector shares several perspectives on “Mother’s Day”. Included are a look across cultures, a classic Mother’s Day poem and the bittersweet story of Mothers Day founder Anna Jarvis, who was a Philadelphian. The tribute concludes with memories of Rick’s mom, while growing up in Philly’s Oxford Circle neighborhood in the 1950’s.
Francis Bavier starred as “Aunt Bea” in the iconic 1960’s “Andy Griffith Show”. Bavier had several lesser known roles in 1950’s television shows, including three appearances on Jack Webb’s “Dragnet”. Due to a serious titling error in Dragnet’s 1953’s “The Big False Make”, Bavier was forever denied credit for this impressive small screen characterization.