Today I discovered this gem.
It’s a short film called “Choosing for Happiness” shot, in part, on the Stephens College campus by Henry Bowman, who taught a marriage course here in the 1930s through early 1950s. The video, part of Bowman’s Marriage for Moderns series, is from 1950.
I won’t give away too many spoiler alerts because this is really entertaining and gives such an interesting glimpse into life in that era. In the video, our lead character, Mary, is confused as to why her friend, Eve, is single. I mean, Eve’s a lovely young woman who is committed to her diet. But then we find out that Eve might be just too darned picky.
Having been a little too darned picky back in my day, I say “good for you Eve!” Waiting for the just-right husband is so much better than marrying the wrong one (or at least I assume it is because, thankfully, I never did the latter).
Some of the advice is dated — we’ve come a long way, ladies — but the main message that “you can’t change other people” still applies today. What you see is, indeed, what you get, so make sure it’s what you want! Eve, we find out, doesn’t want a man who’s too popular, too book smart or too much of a handyman. But now I’m just giving away spoilers.
Although some of the buildings shown in the video might not exist on campus today, you might recognize some Stephens signatures (like our stables).