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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 (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.
The Awful Truth (1937), The Philadelphia Story (1940) and His Girl Friday (1940) – There are very few actors that can cheer me up more than Cary Grant, and you can’t go wrong with any of these three hilarious comedies where he is paired with three different leading ladies who are very funny in their own right; Irene Dunne, Katharine Hepburn, and Rosalind Russell, respectively.
The Lady Eve (1941) – Okay, I’m stealing this description from my post about my favorite movies set on ocean liners, but this is why I love The Lady Eve and think you will too, especially if you could use something to brighten your day: “It has everything that I love most about classic films; witty dialogue, great performances by an impressive cast, superb direction by Preston Sturges, fabulous sets, and gorgeous fashions by designer Edith Head.
Music, Dancing, and . . . Feathers?
Footlight Parade (1933) – I probably could have chosen just about any movie featuring Busby Berkeley musical numbers, but I picked this one because it contains what I consider to be one of his most spectacular numbers, “By a Waterfall”. It’s also great to see another side to James Cagney as he shows off his often underrated song and dance skills.
Top Hat (1935) This is my personal favorite of the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers pairings The movie contains the delightful dance number “Cheek to Cheek” where Ginger Rogers wears a beautiful dress covered in ostrich feathers. You can read more about that famous scene in this look Behind the Camera on tcm.com.
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – I haven’t found much dissension among classic movie fans in thinking that this is one of the best musicals of all time. I seriously could watch Gene Kelly dance all day, and the “Good Morning” and “Moses Supposes” dance numbers with Kelly dancing along side Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor make this movie an absolute joy to watch.
Family Oriented Movies
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) A nice, wholesome family comedy with one of the most endearing pairings from the classic movie era, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. This is just one of several in the “Andy Hardy” series of movies, but I picked this particular movie for the appearance of a young Lana Turner.
Curly Top (1935) – I know she doesn’t appeal to everyone, but I think Shirley Temple was adorable and very talented especially when it came to her tap dancing ability. As with many of her movies, she once again plays an orphan, but her rendition of the popular song “Animal Crackers in My Soup” and the uplifting turn her life takes when she is adopted by a loving bachelor make this one of my favorites of her movies.
Holiday Cheer – Classic Holiday Movies
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) – While much of this movie is not necessarily “cheery”, it is a very charming romantic comedy with an ending that made me smile. The movie starred Jimmy Stewart and the actress he once loved in real life, Margaret Sullavan, and they display great chemistry throughout the movie.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Natalie Wood’s delightful acting (she has such great facial expressions!), a sweet and charming performance by Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, and nostalgic scenes shot in New York City on the actual day of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, make this the perfect movie to watch if the holiday season has got you feeling a bit down.
Do you have a favorite go-to movie(s) when you need cheering up? Let me know in the comments section below!
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Happy Birthday to one of my favorite actresses, Shirley Temple Black, who turns 83 today! Shirley was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California to George and Gertrude Temple. It was Gertrude who encouraged Shirley to become a performer by exposing her to music and dance at an early age. She was known to advise Shirley before each of her movie scenes to “sparkle, Shirley, sparkle.” According to this preview of her biography on the Biography Channel, she didn’t really need much help as sparkling seemed to come naturally to Shirley.
Shirley Temple was discovered at the age of three by producers of a company called Educational Pictures while attending Mrs. Meglin’s Dance Studio in Los Angeles. They chose her to star in a number of short films called Baby Berlesks, which were parodies of the motion pictures of the day with casts made up entirely of children dressed up in adult costumes. I have seen a few of these films, and I have to say they made me a bit uncomfortable due to their somewhat exploitative nature. I much preferred watching her in the movies she was soon to star in. Continue reading »