|A Vintage Black and White Movie|
The first week of middle school on Phoenix means temps over 100 degrees!!! And, to top it off, can you believe the AC was out for 3 days??!!???
Thank goodness there was a copy of and old (1941) black and white movie starring James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, and bandleader Horace Heidt and His Thirty Musical Knights in the classroom. The movie, "Pot O' Gold," seemed interesting even though it was near the bottom of the bin at the used records store.
It was a nice and pleasant way to ease back to school and gave students an opportunity to study: a musical, literary components in music, and probably most importantly gave them an opportunity to view a movie in black and white, which more than a few had actually never seen before. After discussing characters, plot/storyline, conflict and climax, and then resolution and conclusion, the ad hoc lesson seemed corny, quaint, and rather nice. Heidt and his ensemble should be remembered for recording the music The Dwarfs Marching Song (Heigh-Ho! Heigh-Ho!) from the film, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. He should also be given credit for the story concept, because he actually aired a radio show called Pot o' Gold.