Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, in the mid 1940’s was a bustling metropolis for a boy of 7 just away from the farm and ranch community where he was born. My father, a cook and cowboy by trade, had just started as one of the first cooks for the Casa Manana restaurant in 1947. He moved us to an apartment on Ohio Street, right across from the Gem Theater, between 7th and 8th Streets. It’s here that we would stay for the next three years. The Gem Theater became a magic palace for a young mind. But it had to share that distinction with the rest of the magic that was Wichita Falls. I attended San Jacinto and Carrigan elementary schools, as well as Reagan Junior High, and belonged to the Boys Club on 6th Street. Please join, and share your stories and pictures through a Guest Blog, of early Wichita Falls - or your home town. Contact me at or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Robot Monster

Robot Monster

Ro Man has destroyed all humans on Earth but a family of six. However, he falls in love with the daughter of the family. Robot Monster was a cheesy 1953 movie best seen at the drive-in theaters at the time. In fact, that’s where I saw it. Although, I’m not sure which drive-in it was at, unfortunately. I accompanied my sister on a date – I was supposed to make sure her date didn’t get fresh with her. I was 13 at the time. But I had no interest in watching my sister kissing some guy in the car, so I went to the playground up front. A young girl my own age must have been in the same position, as we were the only two there. I wanted to see the movie, but even I thought it was cheesy. The robot monster was a gorilla wearing a space helmet, and he was after the daughter of the last family on the planet. When the gorilla carried the girl inside the cave, the girl I was with told me why, and mixed no bones about it. He wanted sex. I was shocked, and my stomach was queasy. She was embarrassing me something awful. I was almost willing to go back to the car. I think if the girl had tried to kiss me, I would have (LOL). But she didn’t attack me, and I survived the night my virtue intact. The movie starred George Nader, Selena Royle, and Claudia Barrett as the daughter. If you will look real close at the scene below, you can see the actress actually laughing at the guy in the gorilla costume.

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