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What Are Your Favorite Old Classic Movies?


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  • What Are Your Favorite Old Classic Movies?

    My hubby and I have recently started watching movies from the 1930's - 1960's. There are some amazing movies we'd never seen, even though we were born in the 1960's!!! One of my favorites was Casablanca. LOVED IT! I have really enjoyed the Bogie & Bacall movies.

    Do you have any favorites I can add to my Netflix list? (And, I am talkin' OLD movies here...not from the 80's!) ha!

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    Sunset Boulevard...a great classic.

    From Here To Eternity - key role for young Sinatra.

    An Affair To Remember - Cary Grant

    Some Like It Hot - Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis

    The Days of Wine And Roses - Lemmon and Lee Remmick ( a sad, but well-done story)

    There's a few to start -

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      Gone With the Wind (Naturally)

      A real favorite of mine - Birdman of Alcatraz - great performance by Burt Lancaster from the early 60's

      The Manchurian Candidate with Sinatra and Angela Lansbury

      Anything by Hitchcock if you like more psychological type horror like I do...

      Brando's On The Waterfront

      (Do you get Turner Classic Movies on cable? They have a tremendous selection especially of the old MGM flicks...there's also Fox Movie Channel,...)
      God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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        Re: What Are Your Favorite Old Classic Movies?

        I was not around back then either, but I also love old films.

        Here are some I like from the 30's and 40's. Can't go wrong with any of these. Lemme know if you've already seen these...

        His Girl Friday- Cary Grant (Comedy)
        The Philadephia Story- Jimmy Stewart, Katharine Hepburn (Comedy)
        My Man Godfrey- William Powell (Comedy)
        Lifeboat- Hitchcock (Drama)
        The Lady Vanishes- Hitchcock (Suspense)
        Bride of Frankenstein (Horror)
        Hunchback of Notre Dame- Charles Laughton (Horror)
        Captain Blood- Errol Flynn- A Great pirate movie! (Action)
        The Sea Hawk- Errol Flynn again- and another Great pirate movie!! (Action)
        Top Hat- Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers (Musical)
        Meet Me in St. Louis- Judy Garland (Musical)
        Rebecca- Laurence Olivier (Romance, Mystery)
        To Have and Have Not- Bogey and Bacall again! (Romance/Adventure)
        Gone with the Wind- Clark Gable (Epic)
        The Maltese Falcon- If you liked Casablanca, you'll like this Bogey movie too!

        There's a few in a bunch of categories to start! Enjoy!
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          Re: What Are Your Favorite Old Classic Movies?

          Keep 'em coming! I have seen a couple of the ones mentioned and especially loved Maltese Falcon and Birdman of Alcatraz. Great movies!!

          Thank you for helping with my Netflix list!!


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            I love:

            Singin' In the Rain


            It Happened One Night

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              The General starring Buster Keaton

              Silent movie from 1927. Rated in the top ten best comedies of all time.


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                Angels With Dirty Faces
                Captains Corageous
                The Egg and I
                I Remember Mama
                Bells Are Ringing
                Test Pilot
                Spencer's Mountain
                It happened One Night
                Going My Way
                Penny Serenade
                Three Faces of Eve
                Pride of the Yankees
                A Guy Named Joe
                Desk Set

                Just some of the old movies that I have on video tape.


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                  Re: What Are Your Favorite Old Classic Movies?

                  I just figured out that Radio Barry is, most likely, my twin in some way. I was going to recommend my personal faves:

                  Casablanca "Rick, gotta hide me, you GOTTA hide me!"

                  Sunset Blvd "I'm still big! It's the pictures that got small!"

                  Some Like it Hot "Why would a man want to marry a MAN?" "SECURITY!"

                  Singing in the Rain--what's interesting is that you'll put it in, and then suddenly, it's two hours later. THe movie moves like clockwork. And it does so, so fast, you won't know that the time has gone. Your butt won't get numb and you'll be humming tunes for the rest of the week!

                  A personal favorite is "Bringing Up Baby," with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. "No, I've just suddenly gone GAY!" he explains at one point. The humor is dated in that 'screwball comedies' aren't really made any more. A screwball comedy is basically a romantic comedy with lots and lots of absurdist plot elements added in. Stuff happens that couldn't possibly. But I find that, on a dark Sunday afternoon, the brevity of the picture is borderline therapeutic...if you open yourself up to the humor, it's as light as a good piece of cheesecake.

                  And, of course, any and all Hitchcock's films. Just be open minded, for today's movies have stolen so much from this great, it will feel a bit dated. 'Disturbia,' Shia LeBouf's new movie is a remake of Hitch's 'Rear Window.' Time it right and you can have great discussions. Another idea? Watch 'Dial M for Murder.' Then watch 'A Perfect Murder.' Compare. See which one gave you the creeps more!

                  Another fun thing? Watch 'The Twilight Zone' series and then watch the 80's movie. See what you think.

                  And let us know what you find!

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                  • #10
                    Re: What Are Your Favorite Old Classic Movies?

                    There have already been some great movies listed. I won't repeat any, but I do love anything Errol Flynn and Humphrey Bogart and of course Gone With The Wind.

                    Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney (That boy can really dance!)
                    Anything with James Stewart, favorites include: It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and The Glenn Miller Story
                    Dark Victory with Betty Davis (I challenge you not to cry)
                    Shall We Dance with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers (Actually any movie where they dance is a good movie.)
                    Christmas In Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck

                    Don't you love Netflix? Even if the movie you picked out was not that great, you haven't really wasted any money. Enjoy! And let us know which ones you have seen.


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                      I can't get enough of The Heiress with Olivia DeHavilland & Montgomery Clift.


                      • #12
                        Re: What Are Your Favorite Old Classic Movies?

                        I just saw this one recently -- All About Eve.
                        Here's some other to add to the greats already listed (BTW LOVE CASABLANCA):
                        Roman Holiday
                        Paris When it Sizzles (ok ok I'm a big Audrey Hepburn fan)
                        The Glenn Miller Story
                        The Shop Around the Corner
                        The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
                        Gunga Din
                        Sorry, Wrong Number
                        What Ever Happened to Baby Jane
                        The Harvey Girls

                        I used to watch TCM all the time before they switched it to digital cable --luckily now I've switch to digital so I can watch it again! Also for anyone looking for a great variety of classic movies -- Netflix has a ton of them!


                        • #13
                          Re: What Are Your Favorite Old Classic Movies?

                          ALL ABOUT EVE (can't believe no one has mentioned it yet)
                          Sunset Boulevard (one of my all time favorite films ever)
                          Bringing up baby
                          Lawrence of Arabia
                          The Godfather
                          The Lost Weekend
                          M (Very creepy)
                          Bringing up baby
                          Mr Skeffington
                          The Letter
                          Rear Window
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                          • #14
                            Re: What Are Your Favorite Old Classic Movies?

                            The Greatest Show On Earth
                            The Wings of Eagles
                            The Bridge on the River Kwai

                            I love to watch almost anything with John Wayne in it. Just about any of the old classic westerns and war movies will make me stop and watch when channel surfing.


                            • #15
                              Re: What Are Your Favorite Old Classic Movies?

                              Fishy, You forgot Friday the 13th V.

                              For me:

                              The Birds
                              Sunset Blvd
                              It's a Wonderful Life
                              White Christmas
                              To Catch a Theif
                              Citizen Kane
                              Dr Strangelove
                              French Connection
                              The Mummy (1959 version)
                              Sound of Music
                              Mary Poppins
                              Yours, Mine and Ours
                              Bond movies


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