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Your Favorite Classic Movies - I'm talking 20s, 30s, 40s & 50s

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 5:44 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


Hey there movie buffs,

Give us your favorite classic movies. List in any order and comment if you like;
Hint - There is no wrong answer........

Roaring 20s - Cagney & Bogie - enough said
42nd Street - Busby Berkeley
Casablanca - You can't go wrong with Bogie; I fell in love with Bergman here
For Whom The Bell Tolls - Bergman again
White Heat - I'm sensing a pattern here
Wizard of Oz
Meet Me in St. Louis
My Fair Lady
Mister Roberts - Cagney any day of the week
Maltese Falcon
Singing in the Rain
One, Two, Three - Cagney
The Searchers
Yankee Doodle Dandy


And that's just my short list.


SGG

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 9:31 AM

MUTT999



Casablanca for sure!





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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 9:49 AM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


I'll probably add to this when I have more time.

From the silent era:
Phantom of the Opera (Lon Chaney)
Metropolis
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Big Parade & The Crowd, both directed by King Vidor

The 30s:
My Man Godfrey
The Thin Man
American Madness
It Happened One Night
Twentieth Century
Nothing Sacred
The Petrified Forest
Things To Come
The 39 Steps

The 40s:
The Maltese Falcon
Casablanca
Citizen Kane
His Girl Friday
Rebecca
Meet John Doe
It's a Wonderful Life
The Best Years of Our Lives
Sullivan's Travels
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The 50s:
Sunset Boulevard
Giant
All About Eve
Born Yesterday
The African Queen
Strangers on a Train
Rear Window
Vertigo
On the Waterfront
Witness For the Prosecution
Some Like It Hot


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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 6:03 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


My first choice was Fate is the Hunter, but you did not include the 60's.

So I'll start with;
Magnificent Seven (1959)
Rio Bravo
Maltese Falcon
National Velvet
Butterfield 8
12 Angry Men
Vertigo
Rear Window
Rope
Niagara
Sabrina
Miracle on 34th Street
Rebel Without a Cause

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 4:19 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


That is the Classic of all classics.

Here's looking at you kid!


SGG

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 4:31 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


You included some that I totally went blank on when I first thought about this list. Thanks for reminding me.............

First off:

The 30s

My Man Godfrey - a screwball comedy with heart
The Thin Man - Powell again
It Happened One Night

The 40s

Citizen Kane
His Girl Friday - one of the best of the screwball comedies, love it.
Meet John Doe
It's A Wonderful Life

The 50s

Sunset Boulevard
Giant
Born Yesterday
The African Queen
Strangers on a Train
Rear Window
Vertigo
Some Like It Hot

Thanks EC. I came up with my list right off the top of my head and didn't really
think it through. I'm glad you guys shared your picks, again thanks.


SGG


Quote:

Originally posted by ecgordon:
I'll probably add to this when I have more time.

From the silent era:
Phantom of the Opera (Lon Chaney)
Metropolis
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The Big Parade & The Crowd, both directed by King Vidor

The 30s:
My Man Godfrey
The Thin Man
American Madness
It Happened One Night
Twentieth Century
Nothing Sacred
The Petrified Forest
Things To Come
The 39 Steps

The 40s:
The Maltese Falcon
Casablanca
Citizen Kane
His Girl Friday
Rebecca
Meet John Doe
It's a Wonderful Life
The Best Years of Our Lives
Sullivan's Travels
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The 50s:
Sunset Boulevard
Giant
All About Eve
Born Yesterday
The African Queen
Strangers on a Train
Rear Window
Vertigo
On the Waterfront
Witness For the Prosecution
Some Like It Hot



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Thursday, April 7, 2016 4:53 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


It's okay Brenda, whatever comes to mind and you're willing to share. You have some good ones..........

I forgot about:

Robin Hood - swashbucklers, don't ya love 'em.
Strawberry Blonde - you can't go wrong with Cagney
Man of A Thousand Faces - this is the movie that made me realize how good Cagney was.

Quiet Man - The Duke and Maureen O'Hara with that beautiful Irish brogue.
And how much do ya love Victor McLaglen.
"Marquis of Queensbury Rules"


SGG



Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Quote:

Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:
Hey there movie buffs,

Give us your favorite classic movies. List in any order and comment if you like;
Hint - There is no wrong answer........

Roaring 20s - Cagney & Bogie - enough said
42nd Street - Busby Berkeley
Casablanca - You can't go wrong with Bogie; I fell in love with Bergman here
For Whom The Bell Tolls - Bergman again
White Heat - I'm sensing a pattern here
Wizard of Oz
Meet Me in St. Louis
My Fair Lady
Mister Roberts - Cagney any day of the week
Maltese Falcon
Singing in the Rain
One, Two, Three - Cagney
The Searchers
Yankee Doodle Dandy


And that's just my short list.


SGG



Wow! You picked a rough topic for me at least.

I will have to start with the

1920s

Phantom of the Opera(Lon Chaney Sr. Did all his own makeup for the film)

I'll have to finish my list later. Gotta run.

Okay here is my list.

1920s

Phantom of the Opera

1930s

Captain Blood
Robin Hood

1940s

Strawberry Blonde(Jimmy Cagney)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (Also Cagney)

1950s
Broken Arrow (Jimmy Stewart)
Mr Roberts
Man of a Thousand Faces(Cagney)
Quiet Man(John Wayne)







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Thursday, April 7, 2016 5:00 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


Okay JSF, I will start a new thread to include 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s.....why not?

But here are some that your list jogged my poor cobwebbed filled brain pan.....

Magnificent 7
National Velvet - in a million years I would never have guessed, you to be a
"Velvet" fan.
Niagara
Sabrina
Miracle on 34th Street
Rebel Without a Cause
The King & I

Thanks for the list.


SGG


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
My first choice was Fate is the Hunter, but you did not include the 60's.

So I'll start with;
Magnificent Seven (1959)
Rio Bravo
Maltese Falcon
National Velvet
Butterfield 8
12 Angry Men
Vertigo
Rear Window
Rope
Niagara
Sabrina
Miracle on 34th Street
Rebel Without a Cause
Th King and I


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Thursday, April 7, 2016 5:26 AM

SHINYGOODGUY


I have to add these:

Room Service - Marx Brothers, I like this more than Duck Soup
The Caine Mutiny
Mutiny on the Bounty


SGG

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 6:41 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:
Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
My first choice was Fate is the Hunter, but you did not include the 60's.

So I'll start with;
Magnificent Seven (1959)
Rio Bravo
Maltese Falcon
National Velvet
Butterfield 8
12 Angry Men
Vertigo
Rear Window
Rope
Niagara
Sabrina
Miracle on 34th Street
Rebel Without a Cause
Th King and I


Okay JSF, I will start a new thread to include 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s.....why not?

But here are some that your list jogged my poor cobwebbed filled brain pan.....

Magnificent 7
National Velvet - in a million years I would never have guessed, you to be a
"Velvet" fan.
Niagara
Sabrina
Miracle on 34th Street
Rebel Without a Cause
The King & I

Thanks for the list.


SGG


Do you know another besides Rope with a continuous non-stop single shot? No transition of time or location?

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 7:42 PM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Do you know another besides Rope with a continuous non-stop single shot? No transition of time or location?


Rope is not a single-shot film. Each sequence is approximately 10 minutes long, equal to the amount of film in a camera magazine used at that time. Then each scene is blended with the next by careful movement of an actor blocking the camera lens or the camera panning through a dark area of the set.

It's similar to how the opening of Serenity is two takes instead of one, the shift from one to the other being a "swish-pan" as Mal and Simon head down the stairs toward the medical bay. It's also how Iñárritu tied together the various long shots in Birdman.



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Saturday, April 9, 2016 5:54 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:
Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
My first choice was Fate is the Hunter, but you did not include the 60's.

So I'll start with;
Magnificent Seven (1959)
Rio Bravo
Maltese Falcon
National Velvet
Butterfield 8
12 Angry Men
Vertigo
Rear Window
Rope
Niagara
Sabrina
Miracle on 34th Street
Rebel Without a Cause



Okay JSF, I will start a new thread to include 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s.....why not?

But here are some that your list jogged my poor cobwebbed filled brain pan.....

Magnificent 7
National Velvet - in a million years I would never have guessed, you to be a
"Velvet" fan.
Niagara
Sabrina
Miracle on 34th Street
Rebel Without a Cause
The King & I

Thanks for the list.


SGG



You call out Velvet, but no mention of Butterfield 8, or Secretariat?

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Saturday, April 9, 2016 6:44 PM

SHINYGOODGUY


Yep, I have love for Yankee Doodle Dandy because of Cagney. He was so good and
made the flick so enjoyable. Unabashedly American gung-ho, but he makes it okay
to root for him he's so good.

Broken Arrow is a good solid western, it's been a while since I last saw it.

Quiet Man is one of my favorite John Wayne movies. I love the small town flavor
especially when the town walks miles to see the fight, even the good reverend
Playfair. Best scene when the two catholic priests come upon the fight and
Ward Bond's character Father Lonergan says that it's their duty to stop it.
Meanwhile he's holding the other priest back and making boxing gestures.

"Woman of the house! I've brought the brother home to supper."

No matter how many times I've seen it, I get a kick out of that movie. Every St. Pat's I watch.


SGG


Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Quote:

Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:
It's okay Brenda, whatever comes to mind and you're willing to share. You have some good ones..........

I forgot about:

Robin Hood - swashbucklers, don't ya love 'em.
Strawberry Blonde - you can't go wrong with Cagney
Man of A Thousand Faces - this is the movie that made me realize how good Cagney was.

Quiet Man - The Duke and Maureen O'Hara with that beautiful Irish brogue.
And how much do ya love Victor McLaglen.
"Marquis of Queensbury Rules"


SGG



Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Quote:

Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:
Hey there movie buffs,

Give us your favorite classic movies. List in any order and comment if you like;
Hint - There is no wrong answer........

Roaring 20s - Cagney & Bogie - enough said
42nd Street - Busby Berkeley
Casablanca - You can't go wrong with Bogie; I fell in love with Bergman here
For Whom The Bell Tolls - Bergman again
White Heat - I'm sensing a pattern here
Wizard of Oz
Meet Me in St. Louis
My Fair Lady
Mister Roberts - Cagney any day of the week
Maltese Falcon
Singing in the Rain
One, Two, Three - Cagney
The Searchers
Yankee Doodle Dandy


And that's just my short list.


SGG



Wow! You picked a rough topic for me at least.

I will have to start with the

1920s

Phantom of the Opera(Lon Chaney Sr. Did all his own makeup for the film)

I'll have to finish my list later. Gotta run.

Okay here is my list.

1920s

Phantom of the Opera

1930s

Captain Blood
Robin Hood

1940s

Strawberry Blonde(Jimmy Cagney)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (Also Cagney)

1950s
Broken Arrow (Jimmy Stewart)
Mr Roberts
Man of a Thousand Faces(Cagney)
Quiet Man(John Wayne)









Yeah SGG. You can't go wrong with a good swashbuckler. :)

"Yankee Doodle Dandy" is a different one for Cagney as he sings and dances in it. He's very good and I just sort of fell in love with the film. Not sure if it was the first film I saw of his or not.

"Broken Arrow" is an old western and is very interesting to me as it shows a whiteman (Stewart's character) trying to learn about the Apache and help make some sort of peace between the peoples. He marries an Apache girl and when she is killed it is Cochise who stops him from trying to start another war.

"Quiet Man" is good fun with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. "Wife, I've brought the brother home to supper." After having a massive brawl with her brother over her dowry and getting drunk. :)


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Sunday, April 10, 2016 10:18 AM

THGRRI


Do a search of the 1939 Oscars, you won't believe the list of nominees.

http://www.imdb.com/search/title?year=1939,1939&title_type=feature
&sort=moviemeter,asc

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Sunday, April 10, 2016 4:12 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


I should add The Fly (1958).

Quote:

Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY:
Hey there movie buffs,

Give us your favorite classic movies. List in any order and comment if you like;
Hint - There is no wrong answer........

Roaring 20s - Cagney & Bogie - enough said
42nd Street - Busby Berkeley
Casablanca - You can't go wrong with Bogie; I fell in love with Bergman here
For Whom The Bell Tolls - Bergman again
White Heat - I'm sensing a pattern here
Wizard of Oz
Meet Me in St. Louis
My Fair Lady
Mister Roberts - Cagney any day of the week
Maltese Falcon
Singing in the Rain
One, Two, Three - Cagney
The Searchers
Yankee Doodle Dandy


And that's just my short list.


SGG


That's your short list.
Have you come up with your long list yet?

I was also wondering what your criteria were, or what you had in mind? Films you thought were better than what the Oscars nominated? That was a large factor in my picks from 1970 to the present.

This pre-60's period was very different for Hollywood, and film fans. Greatly fewer art house cinemas, practically no "independent" films could be made, about impossible to seek out films which were not made for mass market.
Some have said It's a Wonderful Life was great, but it was hugely unpopular until years later, after showing on TV in the 60's.
I was told the standard in the past was after 2 years the theater film would be shown on TV, assuming it was not some item that would be rated R in our times.

This spells to me "lack of choice" and influences how films of the period are viewed or remembered.
More for people who "like what they know" rather than "know what they like" as the saying goes.

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