The movie industry in Korea had not developed to any significant degree yet, so a good percentage of the movies at the theaters were American movies with subtitles.
Dr. Rodney T. Hard
Steve Linton in his younger years before high school. Linton missionary family in Korea with Steve in the middle behind his mother.
By: Dr. Rodney T. Hard
Steve Linton was my best friend in high school at Korea Christian Academy in Taejon, Korea. We did everything together. One of our favorite pastimes on weekends at our boarding school was to take a bus into the city and catch dinner and a movie.
One weekend we decided to watch the Dracula movie at the local theater. The Koreans are very superstitious so Steve and I decided to pull a practical joke and scare some young ladies.
I had a pair of vampire teeth with the elongated fangs that I had purchased at a novelty store in America when I was on furlough the prior year. As we were walking out at the end of the movie through the lobby, some young couples walking out were staring at us. So, I opened my mouth and flashed my fangs.
One young lady just keeled over in a dead faint and the other girl screamed and took off running.
While Steve tended to the girl who had passed out, wanting to let the fleeing girl know that it was just a joke, I ran after her to show her the fake teeth. When she looked back and saw me chasing her, she screamed and ran that much faster.
When I caught her, she was wide-eyed and shook in abject terror. I didn't want her to go through life with garlands of garlic around her neck carrying a large crucifix so I showed her the fake teeth and told her it was just a prank.
She was still bug-eyed and shaking like a leaf when I left her. I felt bad about what I had just done because I had no idea that the girls' reactions would be that severe.
It was still pretty funny though, and being an inveterate prankster, I got over the feelings of guilt pretty fast over dinner at a good Chinese restaurant.
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