Trying to find the name of a fire safety film that scared the crap out of me in the ‘70s.
When I was about 13, around 1977, they put us in the school auditorium and showed us a fire safety filmed that haunted me for years.
Here’s the setup: there’s a family of 4, Mom, Dad, and two red-haired kids, one boy and one girl. You spend the first part of the movie following them through the nice summer day: the dad goes and sits in an office, the mom cleans things and maybe goes shopping, and the kids walk over to some pond and go fishing. The narrator remarks on what a lovely day it’s been.
Then, after dinner, the dad is sitting on the couch smoking and drops some ash behind the couch. Then in the middle of the night the couch catches on fire, and then the house, and everyone dies. The son dies because he’s sleeping in the top bunk and smoke inhalation gets him without him waking up. The daughter wakes up, but tries to leave by the bedroom door instead of the window and the smoke gets her. The mom dies because she tries to get the kids instead of leaving the house. I forget how the dad dies.
Pretty horrible, huh? Thank goodness home smoke detectors came out around then or I wouldn’t have gotten any sleep for years. I have Googled around for old fire safety films but nothing seems to match. I don’t think it looked particularly dated when I saw it, but it could have been filmed in the ‘60s and I probably wouldn’t have noticed in ’77. It was definitely in color.