Dating: Do’s and Don’ts (1949)

Dating: Do’s and Don’ts (1949)Dating: Do’s and Don’ts

Dating: Do’s and Don’ts (1949)

Classic instructional film for teen daters, presented here in the rare (but incomplete) Kodachrome version.

The film follows a young adolescent boy, Woody, who receives tickets for “one couple” to the Hi Teen Carnival. At different stages in the film, it offers options on how Woody might respond to various situations:

  1. What kind of girl should he date?
  2. How should he ask her out?
  3. How should he say good night after the date is over?

A Looney Tunes webtoon of the same name, starring Bugs Bunny and, the first time in a Looney Tunes short, Lola Bunny. The cartoon begins in black-and-white with a narrator telling the audience how to be a “Mr. Gooddate” like how Reggie Gerandevu (Bugs Bunny) does it. Bugs calls Lola (who doesn’t have any quotes in dialogue and only responds by giggling) if she wants go out tonight for carrot juice, Lola giggles in agreement which makes Bugs break the fourth wall by saying that she is a good conversationalist. After Bugs hangs up, Lola gets ready for the date, but her disapproving dad overheard the phone call. Meanwhile, Bugs was trying to get to Lola’s house but can’t tell if her address number is an eight or a three. The narrator says it’s a three and also says there’s a perfect shortcut. Bugs thanks the narrator, but he doesn’t know that the narrator is actually Lola’s dad, trying to lure him away from Lola.

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