Throwback Thursday: Dating Tips From 1950

by Brett & Kate McKay on October 29, 2008 · 14 comments

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Editor’s Note: Thursdays are so achingly close to Fridays and thus the glorious weekend. To help pass the time on Thursday as you wait to get your TGIF on, we’ve started a new series: Throwback Thursdays. We’ll be digging up awesome vintage videos, articles, and advertisements that will give you a laugh, and maybe even a few tips on being a man.

It’s an age old question for men entering their dating years. How do I ask a girl out? What should we do on a date? What do I talk about with my date? Thankfully, we have 1950s instructional films to answer all these questions. What to Do on a Date follows our clueless friend Nick in his quest to land a date with Kay the Senior Class Babe. Lucky for Nick, he’s got his friend Jeff to take him by the hand and explain this whole dating thing to him. Watch and learn.

Man ‘o live! Was that ever hokey. Despite the endearing corniness of the film, there’s actually a few things we can learn from it:

Nick is a dope. Not knowing how to date is just one of Nick’s problems. He needs to knock it off the with slack jawed talking and the dopey slouching. Hopefully Kay will smack some manliness back into him.

Jeff is the man because he has a plan. Jeff always has a plan and women are attracted to that. He never has the back and forth, “What do you want to do” discussion with his gal. He just whips out his community center agenda with supreme confidence and says “We’re going square dancing, duchess. Put on this pioneer dress that I picked out for you.” Guess who’ll be getting a good night hug after the date? Jeff, that’s who.

Don’t be afraid to ask a woman out. We’ve covered this before. Asking a woman out is insanely simple. Pick up the phone. Dial her number. Ask. If she says no, apply the Brad Pitt Rule.

Dates don’t have to be expensive. You don’t have to spend a fortune on dates. Keep it simple. While the film provided some really corny date ideas (with the exception of weenie roasts. Weenie roasts are hella awesome), it did a good job in driving home the point that with a bit of planning, you can have a fun, enjoyable date without spending much money.

Find out what a woman enjoys before planning a date. You don’t want to plan a big square dancing extravaganza only to find out your date lives for the polka. Discover what your date’s likes and dislikes are before planning. Usually this is learned during conversation with a woman, so you’ll have to man up and actually talk to a girl. Of course, you can always peruse a potential date’s Facebook profile to get an idea of what she likes. If you see that one of her favorite bands is going to be in town, take her to the concert. But for the love of Pete, don’t memorize her entire Facebook profile and then recite it back to her during the date. You’ll just look desperate and creepy.

Finally, weenie roasts are awesome. Did I mention that weenie roasts are freaking awesome?! Don’t you forget it.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bob Iger October 30, 2008 at 3:09 am

Brett, it’s a nice article but please don’t post these auto-play movie clips again. It’s annoying to have this sound blaring out of your speakers in the early morning when everyone’s asleep :)

2 Dusrus October 30, 2008 at 6:54 am

This clip was excelently mocked on the show Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Without comments it has it’s charm. But it is hilarious with comments.

3 Brett October 30, 2008 at 6:59 am


Sorry about that. I’m not sure why it played automatically on your computer. It doesn’t on mine unless you press the play button.

4 Uberhack October 30, 2008 at 7:01 am

I second the weenie roast’s awesomeness.

5 Morriss Partee October 30, 2008 at 9:38 am

Weenie roasts sure are swell!

6 RealMan October 30, 2008 at 10:15 am

Why is it that everyone in the 50′s looked and sounded 5-7 years older than what they really were?

7 Julie October 30, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Nick: “How can you figure out what a girl would like to do? A certain girl, I mean.”
Jeff: “Well, you might ask her.”

Priceless. As a woman, I can say, “definitely.”

8 Dog October 30, 2008 at 4:22 pm

@ RealMan

It was all the DDT in their diets.

9 Uniform Dating October 31, 2008 at 2:43 am

Fantastic stuff. Wonder how we’ll go about the dating side of things in 50 years time.

10 Matt November 1, 2008 at 7:21 am

Where do you think Nick and Jeff are now…………………………~Scooby Doo Ending~

11 Jennifer February 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

I think it depends on just how much planning one does, because in some cases, “Jeff” might turn the girl to resent him because she wants planning to be a two-way street. There are girls that don’t want to plan, but there are others who live for it, and there are others who would don’t want to plan it all, but still require that it is an equal effort, theirs and the man’s.

12 Owen August 10, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Oh dear god,
As a MSTie… I had a cow.
and it was good.

13 Curtis October 24, 2013 at 8:26 am

Great post, but I have to ask…what on earth is a “weenie roast” ????

I’m from the UK and have never heard that expression.

14 AG November 18, 2013 at 6:44 pm

A weenie roast is when you get together and roast hot dogs over a campfire.

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