Campy educational short films from the mid-twentieth-century are so much fun, and this Navy training video from 1967, entitled “How To Succeed With Brunettes” does not disappoint.
Although the title may seem blonde-phobic, this video offers some great dating advice for modern men on how they should treat their dates, regardless of hair color.
The video features two different versions of the same date in several different scenarios. Disaster boyfriend takes brunette to dinner, during which he grabs her and drags her around by the arm, walks two paces ahead at all times, and never opens any doors for her. This scene is followed by the very same situation, but instead the guy gets his act together and acts like a gentlemen.
Along the way, the film’s narrator gives some helpful dating tips. The first one? Be on time.
“A good-looking girl isn’t going to wait around too long for anybody,” he says. “Too many young men on the prowl.”
When helping one’s date with her coat, a man should always watch out for the hair.
“If you muss it, you lose points,” the narrator explains.
I must say, the coat this little raven-haired minx is sporting to dinner is the bees’ knees. I mean, there really aren’t enough fur-trimmed cream coats in the world, and girlfriend is really rocking it here, for which she deserves some credit.
“Doors do offer an excellent chance to make a good impression. It’s a good way to show your respect for ladies,” he says. “Making things easier for someone else — this is a part of good manners and in the heart of every gentleman. Besides, it’s the way to succeed with brunettes!”
As a brunette myself, I can write with certainty that this is 100 percent accurate. Although, as the film makes clear, women of every hair color deserve to be treated with the utmost respect. A woman deserves to have doors opened for her and to be helped in and out of the car — all without getting her hair mussed.