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Re: Classic Classic Movies
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2020, 01:58:15 PM »
Yeah.
I blame the guy who wanted everyone to know his dad did lots of gay porn.
We didn't know about that when we were growing up. Mom always said dad was an engineer or sorts. I just figured he went to a trainyard every day but we had no idea that dad was the actual, caboose :o

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« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2020, 10:52:44 PM »
Watched this for the first time in years as I got one of the newer bluray remasters.  Such an amazing cast and hilarious movie.
 
I saw It's a MMMM World for the first time, when it came out, at the drive-in theater, with my parents.

Talk about a "big screen" experience.

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« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2020, 02:40:05 PM »
As recommended by this threads author I have gone through (watched) the first three movies. So far I have enjoyed them all. Casablanca and Out of the Past are exceptional.

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« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2020, 07:51:21 PM »
My favorite pre-60s movies from the top of my head

The Wizard of Oz (1939) It's one of those movies I watched as a kid and still could watch it any time when it's on TV

12 Angry Men (1957) Great movie all done in one setting.

Seven Samurai (1954) It's a super long movie (3 and a half hours) but worth it

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« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2020, 08:08:40 PM »
My favorite pre-60s movies from the top of my head
The Wizard of Oz (1939) It's one of those movies I watched as a kid and still could watch it any time when it's on TV

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« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2020, 05:25:31 PM »

Feeling Locked Down? Bad case of Cabin Fever? Wanna go out but don't wanna die? Have I got a cure for what ails you. Classic Movies!* @21st Century Man can you believe we haven't had this topic since Tootsy Wootsy launched one? And seems like they both went down in flames together. I'm a serious fan but really haven't watched any for awhile. Last three days I watched a Classic I hadn't seen before. Really brightened up my days. Even the dark ones because they are so delicious

If you're new to black and white or even silent movies I'd like to introduce you to a few of my favorites. You are in for a treat. If you know them, remember how good these are?

Here's an easy Top Five. All worth multiple viewings. But I suggest don't binge Classics. Savor them

Casablanca 1943 My Numero Uno all time favorite movie of any time. Humphrey Bogart, maybe the first anti-hero before that term even existed. Possibly the best supporting cast ever assembled. Every scene is a gem. Every line of dialogue quotable. Making this list it dawned on me this is the only one never re-made. No one would ever dare


Out of the Past  1947 This is my favorite Film Noir. One of the first and one of the best. Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas. Like watching Dark and Light in a test of wills. Jane Greer the icy femme fatale. Remade a million times including 1984 Against All Odds. Starring Jeff Bridges' abs. A movie well worth watching

The Thing From Another World  1951 Sci-fi and Horror. Tight script. Snappy dialogue. Great fun and a few real chills

Philadelphia Story  1940 Sophisticated comedy perfection. Katherine Hepburn (the clothes!), Cary Grant and James Stewart (who won an Oscar for this because he got shafted on Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)
 
Scarface  1932 Forget the big budget bloated remake with Al Pacino. This is stripped down pre-code gangster movie making. Paul Muni is a revelation of animalistic charisma with no redeeming qualities. So why do we root for him?



*My informal designation of Classic Films is through the 50s

Hi, @TigerLily. Great list and I agree with you about Scarface.  I'm terrible at lists.  I really have so many favorites.  I consider the end of the classic era to be when the ratings system was introduced in 1968.

Casablanca is a classic and very high up there in my list but my favorite Bogey film has to be Treasure of The Sierra Madre with The Maltese Falcon right on its tail.  By the way, check out the pre-code version of The Maltese Falcon with Ricardo Cortez and among others, Dwight Frye, (in the Elisha Cook role). It is an excellent version.

While I love Out Of The Past, when it comes to noir,  I would have to go with The Killing (Stanley Kubrick-1956) as my favorite right now.  The ending is crushing and I'm really not a big fan of Kubrick but he hit it out of the park with this one.  Murder, My Sweet and Phantom Lady are right behind.  For a comic noir, I love His Kind of Woman,  Vincent Price steals the show from Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum.  And speaking of Price, a great color noir is Leave Her To Heaven with the beautiful but ice-cold Gene Tierney.  One more recommendation from left field is Fallen Angel.  Linda Darnell is fantastic in that one.

Since you love snappy dialogue,  the original The Front Page (Howard Hughes/Lewis Milestone-1931) can't be beat.  There are 2 versions of this film.  One made for American audiences and the other (bawdier) version made for European audiences. I prefer the bawdier, of course.  It can be found on a blu-ray from Kino-Lorber.

Favorite Horror/Sci-fi/Fantasy -  Frankenstein/The Bride Of Frankenstein, King Kong, and The Black Cat.  Pretty boring picks, I know, but they have remained my favorites during my whole life. Now I'll throw out some not-so-predictable favorites.  Black Moon (1934), She (1935), Mysterious Island (1961- My favorite movie score by Bernard Herrmann), Black Sunday (1960), The Haunted Palace (1963.

I'll add a couple more categories. 

Favorite Silents -  The Big Parade, Greed, Queen Kelly, DeMille/Swanson Silents (where CB first experimented with epic themes during dreams and such-naughty too!!)  ;D  Those include Don't Change Your Husband, Male and Female, Why Change Your Wife? and  The Affairs of Anatol. CB loved sex in his films and I would be remiss if I didn't mention The Sign Of The Cross though that is a sound precode film.

Favorite Westerns - probably not your bag but I don't want to exclude them.  Of course Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a western but of a different breed.   Ford and more Ford.  Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Other favorites Destry Rides Again, High Noon, Bend of the River, and Seven Men From Now.

Other notable favorites in different categories are Duck Soup, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Stanley and Livingston, Northwest Passage, The Public Enemy, Little Caesar, Angels With Dirty Faces, and The Roaring Twenties.
 
Oops forgot Errol.  Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood and They Died With Their Boots On.  More in a later post.  LOL
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Re: Classic Classic Movies
« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2020, 06:45:46 AM »
Hi, @TigerLily. Great list and I agree with you about Scarface.  I'm terrible at lists.  I really have so many favorites.  I consider the end of the classic era to be when the ratings system was introduced in 1968.
Yay, @21st Century Man ! So glad you found this and decided to contribute. I love your selections. And you have quite a few I haven't seen

Casablanca is a classic and very high up there in my list but my favorite Bogey film has to be Treasure of The Sierra Madre with The Maltese Falcon right on its tail.  By the way, check out the pre-code version of The Maltese Falcon with Ricardo Cortez and among others, Dwight Frye (Renfield?) (in the Elisha Cook role). It is an excellent version.

Bogie is always brilliant. Between the two Maltese Falcons, I love director John Huston's choice to go dark instead of light in the final interplay between Bogart and Astor. Let's add in Petrified Forest. Of course I love Leslie Howard and Bette Davis. But the way Bogart subtly adds humanity and feeling to Duke Mantee is remarkable. And let's add High Sierra. I love Ida Lupino. She always seemed to be in the shadows of Warner Bros. Queen, Bette Davis but such a wonderful actress. So tiny and tough and fragile.

While I love Out Of The Past, when it comes to noir,  I would have to go with The Killing (Stanley Kubrick-1956) as my favorite right now.  The ending is crushing and I'm really not a big fan of Kubrick but he hit it out of the park with this one.  Murder, My Sweet and Phantom Lady are right behind.  For a comic noir, I love His Kind of Woman,  Vincent Price steals the show from Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum.  And speaking of Price, a great color noir is Leave Her To Heaven with the beautiful but ice-cold Gene Tierney.  One more recommendation from left field is Fallen Angel.  Linda Darnell is fantastic in that one.

So many great Noirs. I haven't seen Phantom Lady or Fallen Angel so look forward to seeing those. I always try to record TCMs weekly Noir Alley. I may not get around to watching them all but Eddie Mueller's commentaries are a can't miss

Since you love snappy dialogue,  the original The Front Page (Howard Hughes/Lewis Milestone-1931) can't be beat.  There are 2 versions of this film.  One made for American audiences and the other (bawdier) version made for European audiences. I prefer the bawdier, of course.  It can be found on a blu-ray from Kino-Lorber.
The Front Page is great but I really prefer His Girl Friday. Brilliant giving Hildy a sex change

Favorite Horror/Sci-fi/Fantasy -  Frankenstein/The Bride Of Frankenstein, King Kong, and The Black Cat.  Pretty boring picks, I know, but they have remained my favorites during my whole life. Now I'll throw out some not-so-predictable favorites.  Black Moon (1934), She (1935), Mysterious Island (1961- My favorite movie score by Bernard Herrmann), Black Sunday (1960), The Haunted Palace (1963.)

Love those 30s Universal Horror movies. Especially the three Frankensteins. Always at least one or two on my Halloween movie list. Black Moon, Black Sunday and The Haunted Palace are new to me. Looking forward to catching them

I'll add a couple more categories. 

Favorite Silents -  The Big Parade, Greed, Queen Kelly, DeMille/Swanson Silents (where CB first experimented with epic themes during dreams and such-naughty too!!)  ;D  Those include Don't Change Your Husband, Male and Female, Why Change Your Wife? and  The Affairs of Anatol. CB loved sex in his films and I would be remiss if I didn't mention The Sign Of The Cross though that is a sound precode film.
So many excellent Silents. I have so many favorites. But love watching Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ramon Navarro, the amazing Douglas Fairbanks and of course Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd. The Silents need their own post. So many remarkable films and with all the restorations and original soundtracks, they really are treasures


Favorite Westerns - probably not your bag but I don't want to exclude them.  Of course Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a western but of a different breed.   Ford and more Ford.  Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Other favorites Destry Rides Again, High Noon, Bend of the River, and Seven Men From Now.
I have lots of favorite Westerns. Including yours but haven't seen your last two you listed. I always have to include Red River in my favorite list. Probably my number one

Other notable favorites in different categories are Duck Soup, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Stanley and Livingston, Northwest Passage, The Public Enemy, Little Caesar, Angels With Dirty Faces, and The Roaring Twenties.

Oops forgot Errol.  Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood and They Died With Their Boots On.

The Marx Brothers! Gangster Movies! Errol Flynn! So much to talk about

 More in a later post.  LOL

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Re: Classic Classic Movies
« Reply #22 on: June 17, 2020, 10:31:00 AM »
So you're all like, 87?    ;)

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« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2020, 12:20:44 PM »
So you're all like, 87?    ;)

That's your IQ. Not our age
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« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2020, 01:05:13 PM »
That's your IQ. Not our age
You question my Intelligence Quota?

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« Reply #25 on: June 17, 2020, 01:43:40 PM »
You question my Intelligence Quota?

Age 16. 136
Age 38. 136


Father was a member of Mensa in the low end of the 160's so evidently this apple fell and rolled from the tree just a tad. Perhaps dad was planted on a slight slope?  Now you know what they say about things rolling downhill so I'll see you in awhile. Don't wait up ;)

136 in Canadian.  Borderline dufus in the US. 
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« Reply #26 on: June 17, 2020, 02:15:49 PM »
136 in Canadian.  Borderline dufus in the US.
Even You're smarter than to believe that, chief ;)  Still baggin'?

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« Reply #27 on: June 17, 2020, 05:17:25 PM »
Even You're smarter than to believe that, chief ;)  Still baggin'?

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« Reply #28 on: June 17, 2020, 08:57:03 PM »
My favorite

Totally there's literally no boring parts during it. A perfect 2 hour movie

There's another b/w movie I just remembered. I was fortunate to catch Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929) during the beginning on TCM one day and had my attention for the whole movie (Didn't even know it was a Hitchcock film)I didn't even know he has movies that went back that far

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« Reply #29 on: June 17, 2020, 09:04:36 PM »
Totally there's literally no boring parts during it. A perfect 2 hour movie

There's another b/w movie I just remembered. I was fortunate to catch Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929) during the beginning on TCM one day and had my attention for the whole movie (Didn't even know it was a Hitchcock film)I didn't even know he has movies that went back that far

I liked the movies he made. And his show. It was on late at night and I'd sneaky watch them.
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