Look back fifty years through rare footage at the original Boston Garden, the Boston night club scene and the Cocoanut Grove.
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Bruins Hockey Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt, Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco, Gene Autry, and a floor sweeper nicknamed "Spider" all recall the Boston Garden in its heyday in this look back at some of Boston's hot spots in the 1940s and '50s. Using a combination of old footage, photos, and contemporary interviews, narrator and Boston College history professor Thomas O'Connor also takes a look at the South End, the Cocoanut Grove, the city's social clubs, and movie houses such as the Metropolitan (later the Wang Center) in this hour-long retrospective. Whether it's the smoking, card-playing Sons of Italy recalling the ethnic clubs, stiff-backed patricians doting upon the appointments of the Union Club, or regular folks recounting their narrow escapes from the fire that killed 492 people at the Cocoanut Grove, nostalgia reigns in this second volume of reminiscences made for Boston public television. Volume 1 recalls Scollay Square, the Braves, and the Totem Pole. --Kimberly Heinrichs
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