Old Movie Review
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- Take Me out to the Ball Game: Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Esther Williams
- McLintock!: John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
- The Great Escape: Steve McQueen and James Garner
- Auntie Mame: Rosalind Russell
- Father Goose: Cary Grant and Leslie Caron
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell
- Singin' in the Rain: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds
- The African Queen: Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn
- Easy Living: Jean Arthur and Edward Arnold
- Casablanca: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman
- Arsenic and Old Lace: Cary Grant
- My Fair Lady: Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison
- The Maltese Falcon: Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor
- His Girl Friday: Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
- State Fair: Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews
- Bringing up Baby: Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn
- My Man Godfrey: William Powell
- To Catch a Thief: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly
- Yours, Mine and Ours: Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Paul Newman and Robert Redford
- Cool Hand Luke: Paul Newman
- Charade: Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn
- How to Marry a Millionaire: Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable
- The Thin Man: William Powell and Myrna Loy
- Operation Petticoat: Cary Grant and Tony Curtis
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: James Stewart and Jean Arthur
- Broadway Bill: Myrna Loy and William Powell
- People will Talk: Cary Grant and Jeanne Crain
- An Affair to Remember: Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
- Walk Don't Run: Jim Hutton and Cary Grant
Vintage Movie Nights
Last year our local theater started showing old movies every Wednesday night. They go with monthly themes like romance, mystery, action and musicals. It began as just a summer promotion but so many people showed up they decided to keep it going all year round.
Walking into the old theater there is a hum of excitement in the air that isn't there any other night of the week. Old couples reminiscing about first dates, parents describing the plots to their teenagers, who always look slightly embarrassed to be there when they arrive but usually leave laughing and happy with the rest of us. It is not just about the films, it's about the memories they bring up, the old less graphic style of filming and of the lost art of film noir.
I have to admit that half the reason I go to the movies on Wednesday nights is to people watch. I like listening to stuffy old men become suddenly animated as they talk about the characters in The Great Escape and young teenage girls go from rolling their eyes to pretending they are Audrey Hepburn.
I think a lot of people kind of forget about these older films, or relegate them to a time when life was simpler or more black and white. But watching them only emphasises how little people have changed; we still worry about our families, still yearn for love, still search for meaning and laughter in our lives. If anything many of these old films are a reminder to live, to laugh and maybe to take ourselves a little less seriously.
My Desert Island Top 10 Old Movies
- Holiday: Starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, this is one of my all time favorite movies. If you like The Philadelphia Story you'll love this one.
- Guys and Dolls: Marlon Brando (in his prime), Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine. My favorite musical, hands down.
- It Happened One Night: Clark Gable as a gruff newspaper man and Claudette Colbert as a spoiled heiress. A sweet and feisty story of opposites attract.
- The Philadelphia Story: Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant. You can't go wrong with a cast like that.
- Roman Holiday: Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. This one always makes me laugh...and cry.
- Meet Me In St. Louis: Judy Garland at her best, a great winter movie that makes you cry, laugh, smile and feel a little like a kid again.
- Sabrina: Humphrey Bogart, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn. I love the new version too, but this one is still my favorite.
- Hello, Dolly!: Walter Matheau is his usual lovable grumpy self and Barbara Streisand is perfect as the gabby, meddling but goodhearted matchmaker.
- How to Steal a Million: My favorite heist film, starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole
- Libeled Lady: Myrna Loy and William Powell are great with their quick witty banter in all their movies but this one is my favorite of their collaborations (though the Thin Man is great too). Add in Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow and its perfect!