HAIL, ALMA PATER by Harry Dubin


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Recognizable and likable, this familiar pater -- Joseph Beech -- and his family and the story of his teen age boy's progress through prep school, is framed in young Addison's prep school commencement. The ceremonies spark Joe to remember the four years at Fairfield (in Riverdale, New York) -- the interview, the majors and minors in curriculum as well as social life, camp and suburban summers, dancing school, and the mounting tension of entrance to college. There's a camera, an aquarium, a driving license involved; there are girls and parties and hot rods; Joe is bewildered, depressed, despairing -- and jubilant; mother and daughter stand by dauntlessly through pitched battles and suffer all the ordeals in their own way. Some really good touches here and there that should link it to the market. Streeter has created in his lightly sketched domestic documentaries.

Pub Date: April 5th, 1954
Publisher: Hermitage House