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The Best Oldies to Watch When You Need Cheering Up

Sunshine

Are there any movies you like to watch when you’re feeling happy, sad, bored, etc.? For me, it’s rarely my emotions that determine the movie I watch, although sometimes the time of year or even the weather can play a part. I mean, who doesn’t love to watch a good mystery when it’s storming outside?! Well, I do anyway! :-)

But when Frances stopped by my Facebook page and suggested I create a list of the best oldies to watch when you need cheering up, I thought it was a great idea. Even though I don’t usually pick a movie for that reason, I figured it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have a few titles handy just in case I’m ever in need of some good cheer myself.

So after going through the list of all the classic movies that I have seen so far, I came up with the following movies that I think would put a smile on just about anyone’s face. (To learn more about each movie, click on the title which will bring you to its summary page on IMBd.com)

Laughter is the Best Medicine – Classic Comedies

It Happened One Night Hitchhiking Scene

It Happened One Night (1934) One of the first classic movies I ever watched, the hitchhiking scene with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert showed me early on that old movies can be just as laugh out loud funny as current movies. I never would have believed that before I discovered my love for classic film.

The Thin Man (1934) and the entire “Thin Man” series. This movie is just so much fun. I love the mix of comedy and mystery, and the wonderful chemistry between its two stars William Powell and Myrna Loy make them one of classic film’s greatest on-screen couples. Continue reading »

Summer Under the Stars Blogathon: Bringing Up Baby (1938)

This post is a contribution to the Summer Under the Stars blogathon being hosted all month by Jill at Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Michael at Scribehard on Film. Please be sure to visit their sites and check out all the great entries submitted so far! Today, Turner Classic Movies will be airing Katharine Hepburn movies all day, including the movie I am discussing here, Bringing Up Baby (1938).

 

 

Are you ever hesitant or even a bit embarrassed to admit that you don’t like a classic movie that just about every classic film fan on the planet seems to love?

I know we all have different tastes and shouldn’t have to apologize for our honest thoughts and feelings about a movie, but when discussing popular classic movies, I usually keep it pretty quiet that I’m not a huge fan of Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and a few other movies that are loved by so many in the classic film community.

An example of one of those other movies is the classic screwball comedy, Bringing Up Baby (1938) starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.

I’ve told the story a few times about how The Philadelphia Story (1940), also starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, was instrumental in me becoming a classic film fan. I loved both of their performances in that movie, and also really enjoyed another comedy they starred in together, Holiday (1938).

So when I watched Bringing Up Baby a short time later, I was a bit surprised that I didn’t really like it that much. I was also very surprised to find out that so many classic movie fans love it, list it as one of their favorite movies of all time, and even consider it one of, if not the funniest movie ever made. Ever since then I’ve been meaning to watch it again to try to find out what I was missing, and I finally did this week for the blogathon. Continue reading »

The Glamorous Ocean Liner: Movies Set on Floating Palaces

I recently tweeted a link to an article about an event called  “Cinematic Passages: Ocean Liners on Screen” that was taking place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Sponsored by the ocean liner company Cunard, the event’s goal was to bring the golden age of ocean travel to life by showcasing the glamor of ocean travel in movies from the last 50 years. When one of my followers subsequently asked me for some recommendations of ocean liner movies that I love, it gave me the idea for this post highlighting a few of my favorites.

The reason that event caught my eye is that I absolutely love watching movies set on ocean liners (called “floating palaces” by some), and an event like that would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, I live far away from New York and could not attend. :-( I can’t really pinpoint the reason for my fascination with ocean liners, but there is just something about them that intrigues me. Perhaps it has something to do with my nostalgia for the tv show “Love Boat” which I loved watching when I was younger, even though I know cruise ships are different than ocean liners. Or maybe it’s just that I wish I had lived back in that era and experienced the glamor and excitement of ocean liner travel for myself. Continue reading »

The Adventures of Robin Hood: Me, Watch an Adventure Film?

Yay, I did it! I actually sat down and watched one of the classic movies I thought I’d never get myself to watch. See this previous post for a list of some of those movies. That may not seem like something to get excited about, but if you knew how little patience I have for watching the kind of movies I typically don’t like, you’d know how big of an accomplishment that is for me. :-)

After I wrote that post, I was encouraged by the reviews of a couple of my fellow classic movie bloggers to watch The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland, which I did last week.

The main thing that was keeping me from watching that movie is that it is an adventure film set in the year 1191, and that is so different from the type of movie I usually enjoy watching. But after reading a review by Audrey from the blog Fedoras and High Heels, I realized that out of all the movies on my list, it was the one I was most likely to enjoy. I figured even if I didn’t like the setting, I would at least be captivated by the beautiful Technicolor images and the charm of Olivia De Havilland and Errol Flynn. Continue reading »

Have You Seen These Movies? Classics I Have Yet to Watch!

Are there any classic movies that you know are well-loved by others or that have received many awards and honors, that you just can’t get yourself to watch? I’ll be the first to admit that I can be very discriminating when it comes to the types of movies I watch so my answer to that is definitely ‘yes’.

Although there are some exceptions, I usually don’t stray too far away from the typical drama, comedy, or film noir, or movies that tend to take place in “normal” every day settings. For instance, I’m not a big fan of science fiction or fantasy films, and *gasp* have never seen a Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter movie.

Here are just a few of the award winning and much loved classic movies that I have never been able to bring myself to watch, mostly due to the fact that the setting or the time period in which the movie takes place doesn’t appeal to me:

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

IMDb synopsis: “When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard’s absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.”

Awards and honors: The movie won three Academy Awards including Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Art Direction and was also nominated for Best Picture. Continue reading »

Jimmy Stewart: Was He Born to Dance and Sing?

When it comes to naming my favorite old movie star, no one else even comes close to Jimmy Stewart. I think he was a wonderful and diverse actor, a true gentleman in real life, and even though it’s not usually the first thing people think about him, at least not compared to actors like Clark Gable and Cary Grant, I find him to be extremely handsome and charming. I haven’t watched any of his westerns, but I have seen the majority of his most well-known or easy to find movies.

One of the movies that I had not yet seen until yesterday was the MGM musical Born to Dance (1936) starring Eleanor Powell. Jimmy Stewart’s profile on imdb.com mentioned that his undubbed singing voice was showcased in that movie, and I had been hoping to find a copy of it so I could hear him sing. While doing a search at my local library last week, I discovered that they had gotten a DVD collection of musicals called Classic Musicals From the Dream Factory, Volume 3 and was happy to find that it contained Born to Dance. Continue reading »