And now for something completely different

As an interlude to the LIANZA Conference speaker blogs I thought I would tell you a little about our 50s movie night.

So, last Monday evening we were invited to attend  cocktails and nibbles followed by a surprise classic film showing. The venue was the beautiful 1930s built  Regent On Broadway which for us Christchurch attendees made us think of buildings lost in our own fair city.

After an hour or so we were ushered into the theatre with popcorn in hand. I chose the cinnamon and sugar flavour over the Moroccan chicken – I just wasn’t game enough, no pun intended.

The cocktails should have been a giveaway, aptly named Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, who indeed were the stars of this 1950s romantic comedy called Desk Set. And yes, you guessed it – the setting was a reference library.

Many a titter was to be heard from 150+ audience as this farcical romance unfolded. Desk Set should come with a warning as there was much bottom slapping of work colleagues and drunken debauchery at the Christmas Party. Imagine consuming, at last count, 6 bottles of bubbles and still answering phone reference enquiries. Enquiries such as ‘What are the names of Santa’s reindeer?’ Spencer Tracy, whose part was not as a reference librarian, answered such a call and recites the seven dwarves with Rudolph and Blitzen added at the end for good measure.

Needless to say boy asks girl for her hand in marriage after what only seems like a few days since they first met. The new ‘brain’ (computer) which has been installed to help with the reference enquiries was finally excepted as part of this hard working team (shopping and long lunch breaks the norm).

Anybody else seen this flick?

One thought on “And now for something completely different

  1. Lisa October 3, 2012 / 3:00 pm

    They screened this movie in Wanaka, the night before the the South Island Children’s Librarians Conference in 2007. The theatre was part of a restaurant and the seats were a collection of armchairs, sofas and cushions. There is so much in this movie that is interesting to a Librarian (and a lot of out-dated gender politics).

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