Remembering My Mom on Mother’s Day: A Love for The Perils of Pauline (1947)

Mother’s Day has been bittersweet for me the last several years, ever since I lost my mom in 2007. Bitter because she is no longer here with us, but sweet because I have such great memories of her as the most wonderful mom ever, and because I was the mom of two sweet cats who brought so much joy to my life. Unfortunately, this year is a little less sweet than most, because I lost both of those kitties in the past year, one just last week in fact. But even though it’s a sad time for me right now, I am still blessed with those great memories of my mom and also time spent with my newest cat Stanley, who I adopted earlier this year.

Perils of Pauline (1947)I was just thinking the other day about one vivid classic movie related memory I have of my mom, so I thought I’d share it today on Mother’s Day. When I was young, my mom mentioned quite often how much she loved the movie The Perils Of Pauline (1947). It was her favorite in fact.

The movie which starred Betty Hutton and John Lund, told the real life story of actress Pearl White and her rise to fame in silent movies. When the VCR and VHS tapes came along, my mom had the long desired ability to watch the movie as often as she liked, which she did many times.

My mom and dad didn’t really watch many classic movies when I was younger and I didn’t start liking them until I was in college, so I didn’t think I’d share her love for the movie and never even gave thought to the idea of watching it with her. Just based on the title and the cover photo of Betty Hutton swinging on a rope, I just assumed it would be a “dorky” movie.

Perils of Pauline (1947)

Of course I feel bad now that I never took the time to watch it with her especially because I did eventually come to appreciate classic movies while she was still alive. Being the loving, forgiving mom that she was I’m sure she didn’t mind, but if I could go back in time you can bet that I would take her love for the movie more seriously and watch it with her.

If your mom is still with you and you have the opportunity to spend time with her doing the things she loves, I would encourage you to do so and hope you are able to appreciate those simple moments with her. In fact, it would make me happy if some day soon you watched one of her favorite movies with her in my mom’s honor. :-)

Wishing all moms a happy and blessed Mother’s Day!

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P.S. What are some of the classic movies you have enjoyed watching with your mom?

Barbara Stanwyck in No Man of Her Own (1950)

Comfort Food: food that is associated with a sense of home or contentment or that is prepared in a traditional style usually having a nostalgic or sentimental appeal.

I’m not sure what it is about Barbara Stanwyck movies, and this might sound a little odd, but whenever I watch one of them I’m reminded of comfort food in a way. For instance, if I’m in a restless mood and I’m not sure what kind of movie I feel like watching, it’s a pretty safe bet I’ll be content watching one of hers. When I finish one, I usually come away from it feeling nostalgic for the time period in which the movie was set. This is both due to my admiration for Barbara as an actress and the types of movies that she has starred in.

Whatever the reason, that was definitely the case with her movie No Man of Her Own (1950), which I watched last night. I was in one of those restless moods, and when I noticed that the movie was available through Netflix Instant I immediately gravitated to it hoping it would be a satisfying choice. I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the movie and Barbara Stanwyck’s performance. Continue reading →