In the midst of a searing heatwave, MOVIEHOUSE PRODUCTIONS provides relief by sharing tales of Philadelphia’s “phorgotten” water towers. Not only were these towers key for commerce, but they were familiar neighborhood landmarks as well. They pumped the fluid of life to our homes and industries. Special tribute is paid to the great Chestnut Hill water tower.
Miniature golf was the first huge recreational fad of the Great Depression. The “Jolly Mon”, which opened in 1934 as the “South Seas”, was part of the “wave” which allowed the struggling masses to live out their country club fantasies. Jolly Mon was a prominent Roosevelt Boulevard landmark. Its appeal continued for decades.
Saint John Neumann established the Beneficial Savings Fund Society as a safe haven for Philadelphia immigrants to save their money. WSFS absorbed Beneficial in 2019, but the old Beneficial buildings remain as an important part of the fabric of the city.
Janet Gaynor was born in Philly’s Germantown neighborhood in 1906. She was the first star in a succession of “A Star is Born” films. Ms. Gaynor was first to win the “Best Actress” Academy Award in 1928. She became a painter of beautiful “still lifes” in her later years.
Burt describes his “wonder years” growing up in West Philadelphia, 1940-1955, including his great days at West Philadelphia High School. The popular song “All the Things You Are” wafts over and through his memories.
Historian and Attorney Mark Turetsky presents a fascinating talk on the “Crime of the 20th Century”: The 1930’s Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping. Meet the personalities, explore the crime scene, examine the evidence and be witness to the explosive trial .