Get the Grace and Poise of Bomb Girls' Gladys Witham with This 1940s Film on Prom Etiquette
04.07.14 by Mandy
"Most girls are inclined to overdress."
In honor of Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy, REELZ is airing episodes of our favorite wartime drama every Sunday leading up to the movie’s Memorial Day premiere. Sure there's plenty of scenes at the bomb factory and the boarding house, but these episodes also feature plenty of dancing at both the Jewel Box and the Sandy Shores Pavilion. Because the ladies from VicMu made going out and cutting a rug a regular event, we thought the following educational short film about how to act at the big dance was the perfect thing to get us in the mood for some World War II home-front action.
Get Those Dancing Shoes Ready
As you can see, there’s plenty to learn from this video. Some of our favorite tidbits from this short film are: Men should never wear interesting clothes to dances (4:40). Shorter, less good-looking men don’t require much in the way of a greeting, even if their manners are superior (7:25). When a girl says that she’s fine with any type of flower for a corsage except a gardenia (3:25), get her a gardenia (15:44). Men should make a point to talk while dancing (14:20), while it's better for everyone if the women stay more or less silent (14:32). And always remember, a friendly handshake at the end of a first date is a more-than-adequate display of affection (21:15); anything beyond that is morally wrong. As a sidenote, we feel like we have to mention Helen’s dress. The cream-colored dress with a gold overlay embellished with paillettes is to die for. Gladys Witham, herself, would have a hard time finding a more fabulous frock in her wardrobe.
So now you know what kind of manners are expected at a 1940s dance. Find out if the Bomb Girls get it right Sundays starting at 11am ET/ 8am PT. Of course we believe that if you have the swagger of Betty McRae, you don't really need a bunch of stuffy rules.