Mar. 27 | Fr. Dan's Film Recommendation
Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As a young student I was never very good at history. In fact, I found it kind of boring. But I did love historical movies as a kid. As I grew older, I came to appreciate history more and more, and I have never lost my love for movies set in historical periods.
The first place I was introduced to historical movies was watching the classics on “The Wonderful World of Disney.” I have selected a few suggestions for you to watch as a family during the “stay-in-place” period. It seems to me that most of the early Disney movies had a historical bent to them, and had a desire to both entertain and educate. Not something you find nowadays I’m afraid. Well here it goes! Some of my favorite historical, old Disney movies are:
Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue (1953): As a kid, I used to like to watch the wartime adventures of 18th century Scottish highland leader, Rob Roy MacGregor, against King George I, with some milk and cookies. Now I would watch it with dram of The MACALLAN 18 year.
Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1956): (You also could watch: Davy Crockett and the River Pirates). A story of American frontiersman, Davy Crockett, fighting in the Cree Indian War, getting elected to Congress, and fighting for Texas at the Alamo. Little known fact, I used to wear my dad’s old Davy Crockett raccoon skin cap while watching this movie.
Westward Ho, the Wagons (1956): Who doesn’t like a western? This little ditty staring Fess Parker, is about the great wagon trains of the 19th century (1840s-1880s), that transformed the country as they moved west in search of a new life
The Great Locomotive Chase (A Civil War Adventure) (1956): Set in the time of the American Civil War (one of my favorite time periods!) A Union Army spy and his men volunteer to steal a Confederate train and drive it up north to Union Territory while destroying the enemy railway system in their wake.
Johnny Tremain (a Revolutionary War story) (1957): Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War, becoming a Patriot (maybe he’ll be your new favorite Patriot since Tom Brady is moving to Tampa) and in the process, Johnny fights to free the colonies from the tyranny of King George of England. Along the way he discovers about life and the courage in his heart.
Ten Who Dared (1960): Who would have thought geology,and cartography could be so exciting? This movie is about the real life adventurer of Major John Wesley Powell, U.S. soldier and Civil War hero, geologist, and explorer of the American West. He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three-month river trip down both the Green and Colorado rivers, including the first official U.S. government-sponsored passage through the Grand Canyon.
Kidnapped (1960): In Scotland in the year 1751 a young lad name David Balfour is shanghaied in a ship where he meets a Jacobite (Maybe Catholic then?) rebel named Alan Breck Stewart, they both escape to fight the English Redcoats in the Scottish Highlands. I would watch this now with a wee dram of The Balvenie.
Two things I have learned in going down (historical-based movies) Disney memory lane:
- Disney used Fess Parker in a lot of their movies in the early days.
- I like watching historical movies about Scotland sipping scotch. I hope you have a great time watching movies as a family!
Be safe, be well, be blessed.
Fr. Dan Haugan