How to Throw a Party in the 1950s

Updated on Dec 31, 2019. Originally added on Nov 28, 2017 by Kathy Pinna

Do you remember watching these films - or sometimes filmstrips - about dating, family life, courtesy, or citizenship on rainy days in school?

If you're old enough you might have saw movies like this in home economics or social studies. They were always welcome because at least you had a break from listening to the teacher - but even at the time, they seemed a little corny.

This 1950 Coronet film, "What Makes A Good Party", is typical of those types of films and as usual, provides a smile while some interesting observations into life in the 1950's.

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What Makes a Good Party in 1950

History of Coronet Films From the 1940's and through the 1980's, Coronet Films primarily made short documentaries for public schools.

Covering subjects from science to social skills, the company was begun in the 1930's by three brothers - David, Alfred, and John Smart. David was the publisher of Esquire and Coronet magazines (hence the name, Coronet Films). Most of the films were just over 10 minutes and many were later shown on Pee-wee's Playhouse & the show Mystery Science Theater 3000. Their messages are quaint - if not kitschy - in today's cultural environment.

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