Shibe Park-Connie Stadium was home to both the Philadelphia Athletics and Phillies. Moviehouse Productions tells the hallowed ballpark’s story from both a fan’s and working person’s perspective.
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.
Elizabeth Coane Goodfellow invented the lemon pudding pie, the forerunner of the lemon meringue pie. MOVIEHOUSE PRODUCTIONS presents a tribute to Mrs. Goodfellow with its fanciful “Three Slices of Philly Pie”. “Slices” of old Philadelphia neighborhood life are presented in the Northeast’s Wissinoming section, in North Philly’s Brewerytown and in West Philadelphia.
Moviehouse Productions interviewed two Philadelphians about their remarkable stories from long ago. Ida Fleming discussed hand-making major league baseballs in the Great Depression from her Fishtown home. Pennsylvania Railroader Albert “Jeff” Carlin eye-witnessed the disastrous 1943 crash of the Congressional Limited at Frankford Junction.
A profile of Northeast Philadelphia’s Harry Gold, a key player in the notorious 1950’s Rosenberg Atom Spy Case. Gold’s involvement led to the indictment, trial and eventual execution of the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the only Americans executed in “peace time” for espionage. Because of Gold’s involvement in this infamous affair Gold’s important public health work is largely overlooked.
Moviehouse Productions paints a nostalgic picture of growing up in North Philadelphia’s Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue section in the 1950’s and ’60’s. The story is told by Diane P. Brown, a proud lifelong N. Philly resident. The video offers a fond look back at a close knit area…strong family and neighbors, the hustle/bustle of a thriving business center, the excitement of being a soulful sounds music center and living with walking distance of a baseball shrine.
Sites visited include N. Philly’s garment center at Broad and Lehigh, the Uptown Theater, Broad and Dauphin and Connie Mack Stadium, 21st and Lehigh.
“Radio Rick” Spector’s mom, Sylvia, poses with his sister , Marsha, 1943. The picture was snapped at “Rodeo Ben’s”, America’s premier purveyor of western wear, 3209 Columbia Avenue, Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia.
Old Strawberry Mansion was a historic North Philadelphia neighborhood. Moviehouse Productions’ special guest is Shelly Rosen who related her experiences growing up in the “Mansion” between 1940-1956.
The western boundary of Strawberry Mansion has been updated to include a section of 34th Street just south of Lehigh Avenue.