Over breakfast this morning, Don and I, with our friend Marie, got to talking about memories of the first movie we had ever seen. Marie was 11 when she went to see her first movie back in 1976. It was Towering Inferno. Ironically, the next day, the old theatre it was shown in burned down. I kid you not.
Don remembered seeing a western with his step-father before he married his mother. Don didn't recall the film's title but based on the description he gave, it might have been "Apache Drums" filmed back in 1951.
My story was a little different. I remember being 7 years old and going to the drive-in with mom and dad. I fell asleep in the backseat of our car, so don't remember the movie at all. But, I do remember waking up to the sound of loud and dramatically blaring music and looking over the seat. There - between the heads of my mother and father was . . .
I was so terrified that, considering my long-term reaction, you would have thought I had been scarred for life. I remember having nightmares for EVER about the Creature. I tried watching the movie when I was 14 and scared myself so badly, I stopped. It wasn't until I was 21 that I was able to sit through the entire film. You can bet that there was much covering of eyes and peeking and cowering. But . . . I got through it.
Over time, I watched the film several more times and Julie Adams, our damsel in distress, became a favorite of mine and I liked finding her in old B movies and episodic television. In fact, if you think way back, Julie Adams was originally known as Betsy Adams and she was Andy Griffith's first sweetheart on The Andy Griffith Show.
I own a copy of the film now and have a small library of other "B" westerns and sci-fi films. It's fun to take them out from time to time and watch them with a big bowl of popcorn. As I wrote this little reminiscence of my first movie, well actually - a preview - I also ran across this interesting blog post on The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Clearly, others are fans and have done some serious research on the many faces of the Creature. Click HERE for a fun post to learn more.