The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

As the 1930s wound down, se­ri­ous movie buffs were rav­ing over the splen­dours of Gone With The Wind at the Metro The­atre. On the other side of Al­bert St, hordes were pack­ing into the St James to gawk at the hand-an­i­mated won­ders of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Dis­ney’s first fea­ture-length block­buster. So be it, but Brissie moral­ists (yeah, we had them back then) carped on about fas­ci­nat­ing el­e­ments of the story: an evil queen hope­lessly in love with her mir­ror im­age, a hit­man hunts­man, an ugly witch (armed with a poi­soned ap­ple and who’s a homi­ci­dal ma­niac), a haunted for­est, seven cute lit­tle blokes who hap­pily share the same bed­room, and a randy prince with in­stant hots for the gor­geous bul­lied princess.

The moral­ists drew a blank (not like to­day).

“Us kids” sang Heigh-Ho all the way home in the tram, and Dis­ney broke box of­fice records. Yeah, baby.

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