Posted by: Bruce | June 17, 2012

A movie called South Pacific; a musical and no Jaffas.

The first movie I remember going to see was with my Mum and Dad and I was pretty young. We lived in the western suburbs of Sydney and a bus trip took us to Fairfield cinema to see South Pacific, a musical. I discovered this when the lights went out, not that it mattered much. We didn’t own a telly yet.

I remember very little of the movie being pretty young, but a few things stayed in my memory and important things they were too.

I was the youngest of four kids at that time and I wasn’t questioning why I got to go to the movies and they didn’t.

I remember feeling pretty good about being there with my parents, I don’t remember what, if anything, we ate.

Even at my tender age (maybe 6-8yrs) something didn’t seem right about people singing their conversations to each other instead of talking. After all, what person sings out loud as they walk down the street or sit in a shop, or worse still, a library or other place where you had to be quiet?

Lucky the people singing could do it okay and … where was the music coming from? Why, when the people stopped singing, didn’t other people in the movie do or say anything? They must have heard something.

Now, three other things made me want to ask …. Why did the faces of a couple singing to each other have to be so close together? Did they accidentally spit in each other’s eye when singing almost chin to chin? What if some of the singers had bad breath?

Lastly; I wondered in an abstract kind of way, how was it that I was allowed to hear throughout the movie, the name of a woman called Bloody Mary? Bloody was a swear word wasn’t it?

Anyone else have a first movie experience?

The first video is the original trailer for the movie; the second is the moody, mysterious song of Bali Hai (to me at that time anyway. It is the piece of music I remember most).

Word(s) for today;

Musical Film; a film in which characters sing songs which are interwoven with their spoken script. They might dance as well.

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel.


1/  Jaffas (chocolate center) are for eating during the movie and rolling down the aisle. A waste of a good Jaffa if the aisle has carpet; no-one can hear it.

2/  1/9/2013 I added a video and changed the original as it seemed to be having problems loading.


  1. Hi,
    I also saw this movie when I was young with my parents, since then I have seen it a couple of times on TV. I don’t much like movies with singing in them especially done the way this one was, sometimes it can make a movie seem a bit ridiculous, but they did make a lot of these type of movies back in the early days. 🙂


    • Hi Mags, musicals generally not my favourite either but I do like some of them. I think my parents took a rare chance to get to a movie and I got to go as well. Still, as I wrote, I remember some things if not the movie. Bruce.


  2. The first movie I ever saw in the theaters was “My Girl,” lol. It seems like a long time ago… Thanks for sharing, Bruce!


    • Spooky how fast time flies. ‘My Girl’ lives on a disc at my place and is watched by the family from time to time. I like it and we have the soundtrack to it as well. First movie I guess is a bit of an event to be remembered. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Bruce.


  3. It’s funny the random things that stick with us when we are children. I’m pretty sure my first movie was “Mary Poppins”, also a musical. I had the 33rpm album and learned all the words to all the songs and acted them out (rather brilliantly, I might add). 😉
    I wrote about it not to long ago. If you have time someday you can have a look.


    • Hi Michelle, glad you visited. I’m sure I watched the Mary Poppins movie more than once but don’t really remember the storyline (I’m not sure if that means anything bad like age or other irrelevant stuff). It sure sounds as though you enjoyed it though. I did have a look at your post and thanks for the good laugh I had watching the Mary Tyler Moore funeral for Chuckles. She really captured that strange affliction for laughing when you shouldn’t. Bruce


      • I’m glad you got a “chuckle” out of it. 😉


  4. Loved musicals. Think I was in my mid teens when I dosed up on them.


    • They really aren’t my thing Mary although I have enjoyed one or two. Grease comes to mind. Hope you enjoyed Easter.


      • I’m not sure they’re my thing any more either, but I still prefer them to much of what’s on offer these days.
        I have my granddaughters visiting for the school hols so am enjoying myself tremendously. You?


  5. I too was taken to see the ‘film at the pictures’ with my mum when I was about 10 years old. I often wondered how she took me to see such a ‘grown up’ film – made me want to travel and see Bali and the South Pacific. The sounds of ‘Bali Hai’ left the most impression on me… and warm memories of being ‘special’ at the pictures with my mum and we even had ice cream in the interval. There must be a whole generation of us with the same experience thanks to our parents wanting to see this amazing film and took the children along too’. Thanks for the memory.


    • Hi Helen. The haunting sounds of ‘Bali Hai’ impressed me too, still do. And the ice cream at interval, what a treat. I hadn’t really considered a whole generation of us having the same experience; a good thought. And I see I’m not the only one who felt the film was for grown ups.

      Thanks for your memories of South Pacific. Your words leave a nice image of you and your mum, eyes to the screen.


    • Hullo again Helen, I meant to ask where in the world are you? You had me wondering later about the generation thing and the film being released around different parts of the world. The release, I guess, would mostly be around the same time but I don’t know. I know this post has a lot of views from the USA.
      It’s kind of good to think about parents around the world at that time, doing the same thing. I will not be the slightest bit offended though, if you don’t want to mention your country.
      Regards, Bruce


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